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Thetford bandwagon rolls on with victory over Haverhill Rovers

PUBLISHED: 16:02 04 November 2019 | UPDATED: 17:32 04 November 2019

Ross Bailey delivers cross for Elliot Smith’s opening goal. Picture: Inspire Focus Studio

Ross Bailey delivers cross for Elliot Smith's opening goal. Picture: Inspire Focus Studio

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Matt Morton's impressive start as Thetford manager continued with a 3-2 win over Haverhill Rovers at Mundford Road.

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Matt Morton's impressive start as Thetford manager continued with a 3-2 win over Haverhill Rovers at Mundford Road.

The impressive thing about Town at the moment is their ability to turn draws into defeats with late goals. Of Morton's four wins from his opening five league games, three have been by a 3-2 scoreline, and all have been won in the closing stages.

The first half was even but relatively uneventful. Max Melanson hit the post early on for Town with a delicate 20 yard curling effort, before Elliot Smith but Town in the ascendency, as he redirected Ross Bailey's low free kick into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

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Tyger Smalls, a fleet of foot teenager, was the main threat from the visitors. He burst through the centre of Town's defence and as he set to shoot, Morton's last ditch tackle took some of the ball but also the attacker's leg and a penalty was awarded, duly scored by Smalls.

It was after the interval that Thetford released the handbrake as their play bristled with attacking intent.

Tanner Call epitomised Town's hunger to maintain their recent good run. He stole the ball off the ponderous Haverhill midfield, before releasing half time substitute Bradley Sandell on the right hand side of the box. His pullback was neatly finished on the volley by Ross Bailey, 10 yards out.

Against the run of play Haverhill drew level once more. As the ball arrived at Smalls' feet in the area the Town defence stopped, expecting an offside flag that never came. Smalls turned and fired low into the bottom right hand corner. Town were livid at the decision of the officials with Luke Bailey being sent to the ten minute sin-bin for his over zealous protest.

It is to Town's credit that even while reduced to 10 men they kept hunting for a winner, and when it arrived it was celebrated with as much joy as any at Mundford Road in recent times. Melanson twisted and turned on the edge of the area to create space before firing a left footed effort that came back off the underside of the crossbar. Smith was quickest to react, firing home from close range to score his second of the afternoon and secure a deserved three points.

Thetford: Humphrey, Morton, Clarke (Bond), L.Bailey, Cusack, Smith (C), R.Bailey, Melanson, Conroy (Sandell), Campbell (Hemming).

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