No room for Thetford complacency

Thetford Town boss Mark Scott says there will be no room for complacency when his side play host to Ridgeons League whipping boys Cornard United on Saturday.

The Suffolk side hit rock bottom last weekend when they were hammered 13-0 at home by high-flying Stowmarket.

That was the heaviest home defeat in the long history of the league, and left Cornard stuck firmly to the foot of the Division One table with just four points to their name from 14 matches.

On the face of it they look like ideal opponents for Town as they bid to start climbing towards the top half of the table – but Scott will be taking nothing for granted at Mundford Road (3pm).

“Their result on Saturday did surprise me,” admitted the Town manager.


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“Stowmarket are a good side, probably the best in this division, and I expected them to win comfortably. But 13-0? That really was an incredible scoreline.

“But there’s no way we can afford to be complacent on Saturday. Cornard will be hurting after that and they will have a point to prove against us so our attitude will have to be spot on, and I’m sure it will be.

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“I should imagine their first target will be to tighten up at the back and make it difficult for us so we have to be ready for that.”

Town were thwarted by the weather on Saturday, with their scheduled trip to Godmanchester, the side immediately above them in the table, postponed because of a frozen pitch.

Scott is now keeping his fingers crossed that Town can return to action at the weekend after two weeks of inactivity.

“The forecast doesn’t look too promising but we managed to get our last home match on (Hempnall in the Norfolk Senior Cup) when virtually nobody else played so hopefully the game will be go ahead,” he said.

“It has been a frustrating season because with the squad we have got I think we should be a lot higher in the table. But so far we have never been able to name the same side twice in a row, and that has had a lot to do with it. At the start of the season I was hoping for a top eight finish, but with the players I have got I now think the top six is a realistic target and that is what we are going for.”

In the Anglian Combination Thetford Rovers were beaten 3-1 at Division Two leaders Foulsham.

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