Leaders too tough for Thetford
THETFORD Town entertained leaders Tiptree who needed three points to clinch the Ridgeons Division One title. With their large following they created a carnival atmosphere and Thetford's chance of spoiling the party was at risk as early as the first minute.
THETFORD Town entertained leaders Tiptree who needed three points to clinch the Ridgeons Division One title.
With their large following they created a carnival atmosphere and Thetford's chance of spoiling the party was at risk as early as the first minute.
Tiptree's first corner was met at the near post with a simple tap in. They added two more goals before half-time and the title was virtually theirs.
Thetford re-organised at half-time and gave a far better account of themselves in the second half with Simon Mann having one of his best performances and Kwame Jones continuing his good form at the back.
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With Lee Simm was seeing a lot more of the ball in the second half he was instrumental behind most Thetford's moves and chances started to be created for Karl Pask and Andy Woods.
Kameran Senior was time and time again brought to the ground as he gave the Tiptree No. 2 a difficult afternoon from one such free-kick taken by Craig Skipp, Kwame Jones came close with a header.
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Tiptree added a fourth towards the end and the title was celebrated in style with champagne on the pitch after the match.
The club would like to congratulate Tiptree on their success and wish them all the best in the Premier Division next season.
Tiptree are a strong physical side whose players work extremely hard to win possession of the ball, at times they had three players contesting every challenge.
In Tom English they have a quality centre-forward and Lee Owen was very influential throughout in midfield.
So where does that leave Thetford?
They are not too far away. With the addition of three to four quality players, a winning attitude and an increased work rate they too could be challenging next season.
They gave a good account of themselves in the second half you could argue that Tiptree took their foot off the gas but they were still prepared to challenge every ball and chase every lost cause, even at 4-0 down one of their players ran 30 yards to put his head in to prevent a Thetford clearance and another ran 60 yards to chase a ball into the corner - that's the winning spirit Thetford need to adopt.
With Cornard away last night and Long Melford at home next Saturday and FC Clacton at home Thetford have a chance to end the season in style and look forward to a fresh start next season.
Whatever the outcome you can be sure that next season should be very interesting with some fresh faces and a new management team time will tell.
Pre-season friendlies are already being arranged unfortunately Norwich City have declined which would have been a wonderful way of boasting club coffers.
Bury and Mildenhall have promised to come over it is also hoped that Sudbury and Cambridge City will accept but FA Vase finalists Lowestoft Town have already accepted and will be coming to Mundford Road on Tuesday July 29 - hopefully they will be bringing the FA Vase with them.