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Former Thetford Panthers youth player Ian Henderson could cap a memorable week by lifting the Sky Bet League Two title tomorrow .

The Rochdale player, 29, heads to Newport County knowing they will be crowned champions by bettering Chesterfield’s result against Fleetwood.

Henderson scored the vital second goal to seal them a promotion-clinching 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town on Saturday before being named in the divisional team of the year on Sunday.

“You wait for these magic moments because you have to make a lot of sacrifices to become a footballer,” said Henderson. “Promotion hasn’t come as a surprise if I’m honest.

“One of the reasons I signed was the belief in the players and the management at the football club that we could get promoted.”

Former Bury Town players Ben Coker and Nick Pope — who now play for Southend United and York City, respectively — could meet in the League Two play-offs after securing their top-seven berths on Saturday.

Coker recently signed a new two-year deal with the Shrimpers, while Pope is on loan at York from Charlton.