Halstead Town manager Mark Benterman wants his players to take in the experience of Fakenham Town’s promotion party today and make sure that it is them celebrating this time next year.
Town head into their final Thurlow Nunn League division one game of the season at Fakenham knowing that their own promotion dreams have slipped away in recent weeks after three back-to-back draws have cost them valuable points.
They will still have to see tomorrow’s hosts enjoying their own elevation to the premier division, but rather than seeing that as a negative Benterman wants his players to draw strength from it to bolster them next season.
He said: “We’ll be going there looking to spoil Fakenham’s party as we still want to finish as high up the table as we can and take momentum into the summer and the start of next season.
“Fakenham will be having a party because they’re going up and our players will feel low because they are not part of that, but I want them to think about what not being part of it feels like and use that to drive them on next year."
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