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Debenham LC manager not getting carried away with positive Thurlow Nunn League First Division North form

Debenham LC manager Guy Hayes is not giving much consideration to a promotion challenge just yet, despite his team’s recent impressive run lifting them into the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North’s top five.

Only Fakenham Town (16) have picked up more points than the Hornets (15) during the last six games – form that has lifted the side to within a point of Lakenheath in fourth.

And with a quartet of clubs potentially being promoted to the Premier Division at the end of the season, you could forgive those connected with Debenham for starting to dream.

Guy Hayes
Guy Hayes

However, Hayes is remaining grounded, believing that the target will become much clearer once the Christmas period is done and dusted.

“We are not speaking about promotion or anything like that at the moment,” he said.

“Those are the sort of things you start to consider around February time. If we can be in and around the position we are now at that stage, that would be fantastic.

“Our target is to improve on last season’s finish (11th) and right now we are on course to do that. Hopefully we can maintain it. We will need to keep playing well, but also pick up points when we are playing badly.”

Next on the agenda is the visit of Needham Market Reserves tomorrow (3pm), followed by a home First Division Knockout Cup tie against Norwich CBS on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Hayes’ men go into those games on the back of three straight wins in all competitions, and he explained: “We have found some consistency recently and it helps that we have found a way of playing that suits everyone in the group.

“Even the lads on the bench are buying into it. They understand that the team is playing well and that I cannot change it too much, but they also know they will get chances.

“There is a real understanding building at the moment, especially with the new lads who came in recently that have given us a boost.”

Debenham won 1-0 at Great Yarmouth on Saturday, with Luke Taylor on target.

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