Big chance for Thetford Town to ease relegation worries


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The Easter weekend offers Thetford Town two opportunities to finally put any lingering relegation worries to bed.

The Brecklanders lost 2-1 at home to local rivals Mildenhall Town on Saturday, a defeat made more painful by FC Clacton beating Fakenham 4-1.

The bottom two in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, Ely and Diss, are well adrift and of no worry to Thetford.

However, Clacton, who currently occupy the final relegation spot, are just five points behind Mark Scott’s side with six games left.

Wivenhoe are also three points behind Thetford – the Brecklanders travel there on Saturday ahead of a home clash with Diss on Monday.

Town started brightly against Mildenhall at Mundford Road, with four regular players back in the squad who missed last Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat away to Whitton.

With a strong wind, the highlight of the half was a corner from Alex McIntosh which Luke Bailey back-heeled into the back of the net from a tight angle for Thetford.

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After a vicious tackle, James Pipe spent several minutes receiving treatment off the pitch but managed to struggle through the final 10 minutes of the half.

Marcus Szyszlyk came out for Pipe and not long into the second half, Sam Bond injured his groin going full stretch into a tackle and went up front to see if he could run the injury off. Mildenhall took advantage of the change of formation and scored.

An hour in, Bond was replaced by Ian Fancett and the formation changed again. The next player to suffer an injury was Sam Bryant; he then took his turn up front, Halen Smith moved into the centre and Ryan Pearson went wide.

With Town struggling, it was inevitable that Mildenhall scored again, and only a great goal-line clearance by Bailey stopped them making it 3-1.