Frustration after great win for Thetford

PUBLISHED: 17:15 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 21:57 07 July 2010

Thetford's hopes of playing at the weekend were frustrated when their Ridgeons Division One game at Gorleston was postponed because of the pitch conditions.

Thetford's hopes of playing at the weekend were frustrated when their Ridgeons Division One game at Gorleston was postponed because of the pitch conditions.

They will have to wait until this weekend when, weather willing, they will host Cornard, who are two places below them in the table.

Town were looking forward to the all-Norfolk clash at Emerald Park, anticipating a tough game but hoping to bag all the points despite being four places below them in the table.

Thetford Town 2, Downham Town 1

MORE often than not, teams winning in the dying moments of a match will look to the scoring player as the hero.

However, in Thetford's match with Downham Town, the attention should be focused to the other end of the pitch to where keeper Bowden made a string of outstanding saves to frustrate the Downham attackers and to keep Thetford in the match.

In conditions that worsened as the game progressed, neither side was able to dominate the match.

A midfield battle meant that any moves that threatened to create were ably snuffed out by both teams.

When the ball did break to the front men Thetford's finishing was awry, whilst Downham were receiving an early indication of the shot-stopping intentions of Bowden.

Both teams struck the frame of the goal and the Downham keeper had to react smartly to keep out Howard when the skipper closed into the rebound from Dixon's shot.

Whilst the first half was a close-run affair, the early exchanges in the second saw Downham create a number of chances. On each occasion, anything on target was dealt with by Bowden.

Thetford took full advantage of the situation they found themselves in and, somewhat against the run of play, took the lead. Scott threaded a through-ball in-between the Downham defenders for the lively Dixon to run onto.

Despite the on-rushing keeper and the attention of a retreating defender, Dixon expertly slipped the ball into the back of the net.

However, Thetford's joy was short- lived. Within two minutes, Downham had breached Bowden with a close- range effort that was smashed into the roof of the net. With shared points and a consecutive home draw looming closer, Thetford pressed for one last time.

Substitute Tom Old sprinted onto a Scott through-ball before slipping the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net.

Thetford's Reserves beat Woodbridge 3-2 with goals from Almedia, Dean and Bowden. They have no game Saturday.

The U18 side next play host to Woodbridge.

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