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Survival confirmed for Thetford Town despite defeat at FC Clacton

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Survival was finally confirmed for Thetford Town on the final day of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division season, despite defeat at FC Clacton.

Uncertainty remains over who will be relegated from the league this summer, with Diss Town now left to sweat over their league status.

Thetford travelled to Essex on Saturday knowing that victory against fellow strugglers Clacton would ensure they stayed out of the bottom three and avoided the relegation worries.

That was not achieved, with Luke Catchpole scoring Thetford’s goal in a 2-1 defeat, leaving Thetford prone to being overtaken by Diss and Ely City to drop into the relegation zone.

But Diss lost 4-1 at second-from-bottom Wivenhoe Town and Ely were held to a 1-1 draw at home by bottom-of-the-table Woodbridge Town.

That ensured the Brecklanders finished 16th and managed to survive a tense relegation battle, finishing above Ely in the table courtesy of a very slightly better goal difference of minus-35.

Diss are expected to find out next week which league they will be playing in next season. The confusion is created by CRC dropping out of the league this summer.

But with Thetford managing to just about keep their heads above water, manager Mark Scott can now start planning to try and enjoy a more comfortable season in the Thurlow Nunn Premier next season.

The summer break could have come at a good time for goalkeeper Scott Cruickshank though, as he went off injured in the game at Clacton and looks to have broken his wrist.

A red card for Elliot Smith and injuries to James Pipe and Luke Bailey made for a final day to forget in Essex – prompting a big sigh of relief from all at the club.


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