Seventh heaven for Thetford Reserves

Thetford Town Reserves 7, Diss Town 0THETFORD Town Reserves produced their best performance of the season and ran out convincing winners, securing maximum points.

Thetford Town Reserves 7, Diss Town 0

THETFORD Town Reserves produced their best performance of the season and ran out convincing winners, securing maximum points.

Manager Matt Spencer was back in the dug out after missing last Saturday's heavy defeat at Gorleston. The home side were boosted by the return of Matthew Catchpole, Richard Croome, Simon Hargrove and Rhys Parish whilst new signing Jamie Jarrett was handed his full debut after impressing in training.

The only absentee was goalkeeper Matthew Terry who was ill so Lee Freeman deputised for him. Manager Matt Spencer handed Jack Denniss the captain's armband for the match.

The home side started off reasonably well although it was the visitors who went close to taking the lead on 15 minutes, however, the Diss player failed to hit the target from close range and the score remained goalless.

The deadlock was broken on 20 minutes when in-form striker James Dean headed home from six yards out to put the hosts ahead. It wasn't long before Thetford extended their lead when fine work from the influential Jack Denniss saw him produce a sublime through ball for Jamie Jarrett to latch on to and fire home a fine shot from the edge of the box beyond the visitors' goalkeeper.

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Things got even better for the home side on 30 minutes when Sean Bowden out-muscled a Diss defender and bustled his way past him into the penalty area before dispatching a low shot past the helpless goalkeeper after latching on to a fine through ball from Arron Gordon.

James Dean managed to net his second goal of the match just before half time when his silky, weaving run into the box saw him turn the Diss full back inside out before calmly slotting the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

It took just 15 seconds of the second half for the home team to make it 5-0 when a superb flowing move ended with Arron Gordon unselfishly squaring the ball for Sean Bowden to score with a fierce strike.

Thetford were looking really confident with the ball at their feet and a lot of praise must go to John Denniss for all of the work he has done with the squad at training sessions.

The back four of Ricky Tuddenham, Richard Croome, Rhys Parish and Kevin Richardson along with deputy goalkeeper Lee Freeman looked solid throughout and desperately wanted to keep a clean sheet. Jack Denniss and Matthew Catchpole were working extremely hard in the centre of the park along with the impressive wingers Jamie Jarrett and Arron Gordon, whilst Sean Bowden and 'Deano' were continually causing numerous problems for the visitors defence.

James Dean netted his hat-trick on 55 minutes with a poacher's finish from close range to make it 6-0.

Soon it was 7-0 when James Dean headed home from close range to net his fourth goal of the match and to make it an impressive seven goals in three games. Richard Croome went close late on with a powerful header that the Diss goalkeeper just about managed to keep out.

Simon Hargrove, Liam Bloom and Michael Jordan were all introduced in the second half for the hard-working trio of Jamie Jarrett, Matthew Catchpole and James Dean however there was no more scoring and the game ended 7-0.

An excellent performance and essential three points that we must look to build upon in next Saturday's home match against Whitton United.

Team: Freeman, Tuddenham, Denniss (captain), Croome, Parish, Richardson, Gordon, Catchpole, J Dean, Bowden, Jarrett.

Subs: Bloom, M Jordan, Hargrove, Lopes, Candler.

MoM: Jack Denniss, the skipper led by example and was influential for the home team throughout the game. He won tackles all over the park, produced a great range of passing and showed what a quality player he is, driving his team on at every opportunity.