A welcome headache for Thetford manager

Thetford Town manager Mark Scott will have a headache on Saturday - but one he will welcome.

For in sorting out a team for the semi-final of the First Division KO Cup against Long Melford (ko 3pm) he will have some tough choices to make.

“I have had a few injury concerns but I will have a selection headache on Saturday,” he said. “That’s a good position to be in. We will be almost back to full strength.

“I am confident, without being complacent, that we will do well and progress to the final. We have been playing well and our performances and results have been good. It’s very encouraging. We’re on a good run of results and we’re desperate to keep that going.”

Thetford are in a rich vein of form at the moment, they are also in the semi-final of the Norfolk Senior Cup against King’s Lynn.

“We are looking forward to it but we’re not sure when it will be as they got through in the FA Vase at the weekend.”

Scott said the team was looking to make it six wins in a row after the 2-1 victory over Saffron Walden at the weekend with a very under-strength side, missing four outfield players and first and second choice keeper.

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“It was a pleasing win,” he said. “We were without goalkeeper Mark Bowden and second-choice Matt Jackson but our under 18 keeper Jamie Barlow came in and he did very well, did a decent job.”

Thetford Town 2, Saffron Walden 1

THETFORD travelled to Saffron Walden after their midweek cup win over Stowmarket, and on a sticky pitch came under early pressure from the big home side.

However, Town countered this with Dixon going close with a header. Then on 15 minutes Barlow saved well from a Walden attack. Town replied with a Scott effort which went wide.

On a heavy pitch Town played the better football, but went behind on 30 minutes when a long ball bounced over the Town defence and Turner lobbed the advancing Barlow.

Town responded well with O’Donnell going close and on 40 minutes they got a deserved equaliser when good work from Jones found Joseph on the right. His cross then found Dixon who steered the ball past the keeper.

The second half saw Walden with some early chances but Town had a chance to increase their lead when Dixon was brought down by the home keeper.

However, Dixon’s effort from the spot was saved. Town’s controlling midfield saw efforts from Jones and Joseph go wide of the target.

Town got the important winner on 57 minutes when a run from Bailey saw Scott beat the offside trap to score past the keeper at the second attempt.

The game went from end to end but Town saw the game out for a deserved three points.

Team: Barlow, Joseph, Thompson, Howard, Bailey, Scott (Bond), Jones, O’Donnell, Mann (Peckham), Dixon.