Great weekend for Thetford Town’s first team and junior set-up

PUBLISHED: 18:14 21 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:48 22 April 2015

Thetford U16s celebrate beating Lakeford Rangers in the John Savage Cup final at the FDC in Norwich. Picture: Steve Wood

Thetford U16s celebrate beating Lakeford Rangers in the John Savage Cup final at the FDC in Norwich. Picture: Steve Wood

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It was a great weekend for Thetford Town FC, with the first team securing Thurlow Nunn Premier Division football for next season with a 2-0 win at Hadleigh United.

Cup joy for U16s

Thetford Town Under-16s lifted the John Savage County Cup after beating Lakeford Rangers at the Football Development Centre in Norwich.

Town went in 2-0 up at half-time following goals by Callum Benham and Olly Farthing. Lakeford scored a quick goal at the start of the second half, before Callum Dove scored Thetford’s third.

Lakeford scored again, and started to press for the equaliser but with only minutes left to play, Michael Corbyn scored for Town to make the final score 4-2.

Earlier in the week, a meeting was held between Thetford Town and Thetford Independent and it was agreed for the two clubs to amalgamate.

The club’s under-16s also won the John Savage County Cup and it was announced that Thetford Independent FC will be joining the club to become Thetford Town Youth.

The Brecklanders’ first team travelled to last season’s champion Hadleigh following a 2-0 defeat away to Brantham. Even with four key players missing, manager Mark Scott, was still able to field a full complement of substitutes for the match. Town started brightly and Halen Smith forced an error from the home goalkeeper, which striker James Dean pounced on only to see a wicked bobble cause him to miss the chance.

Hadleigh then came into the game, first hitting the post then Scott Cruickshank making a good save. In the 35th minute of the game Dean found himself one-on-one with the keeper and slotted the ball into the net for a 1-0 lead at the break.

Town started the second half brightly and a free-kick from Ryan Skipp on 57 minutes found the head of Dean for 2-0 and his 13th of the term.

The victory leaves Thetford eight points clear of the relegation zone with two games to play, at home to third-from-bottom Wivenhoe this Saturday and at second-placed Stanway on the final day of the season.

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