Thetford edged out by Magpies in 10-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 21:28 04 December 2017


Thetford suffered their third consecutive defeat away to mid-table Harleston Magpies IV, going down 6-4 in an eventful game.

The visitors were missing some key players for the East League Men’s Division Four North-East fixture and went down early after a mistake which gifted possession to the home side’s attack. Shortly afterwards the home side went two up after a short corner was converted. Following this Thetford finally settled and launched some penetrating runs down the left, with Andrew Smith linking well with Reece Laffar and Josh Harpur.

This pressure was finally rewarded when a searching cross to Keith Squires was clattered against the post and jabbed in by Darren Matthews.

A further mistake allowed Harleston to make it 3-1 at half-time.

After the break Thetford attacked with much more confidence and moved some key players forward. The pressure built and the visitors’ efforts were twice rewarded, with a fine strike by Laffar from the top of the D and an expertly taken drag flick goal from a short corner by Squires.

Unfortunately, against the run of play, Harleston managed to counter-attack and score, putting the pressure back on Thetford who after getting it back to 4-4 still believed a victory was possible.

However with 10 minutes to go the Magpies launched an aerial into the D which the umpire allowed and their centre forward scored from an acute angle.

A deflated Thetford struggled to raise their spirits and the match result was assured when a Harleston short corner was converted in the last minute.

Now Thetford, who have won three and lost eight of their matches so far, need a victory at the weekend against fellow strugglers Pelicans III to move out of the relegation zone.

In Division Two of the Empresa Norfolk Women’s League the game between Broadland III and Thetford was conceded by Thetford who could not raise a side.

Rugby Union: Thetford and Swaffham both return to action on Saturday after having a weekend off.

It’s fifth versus second in London Three Eastern Counties as Thetford host high-flying Stowmarket while Swaffham visit fellow strugglers Beccles in Eastern Counties One North.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Thetford and Brandon Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Thetford and Brandon Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Thetford and Brandon Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Thetford and Brandon sport

Yesterday, 11:54

Thetford Town’s recovery continues after another big win for Danny White’s team.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

For the second weekend running, the Barnes Print Central & South Norfolk League programme was severely affected by the weather, with a hard overnight frost doing the damage.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Thetford Dolphins ended the season in style by winning the Tony Gale Invitation Gala.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tom Green’s solid back nine of 39 — two bogeys at 12 and 13 with pars at the other seven holes — gave him a nett 70 and a one-stroke win in the Division One Medal at Thetford Golf Club.

Most Read

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

WATTON RUGBY CLUB were in exclusive company when they received the RFU Club Accreditation at Twickenham.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 4°C

min temp: -0°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Thetford and Brandon e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter