Thetford beaten by league leaders after brave show

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Thetford turned in a valiant display against East League Division 4NE leaders North Norfolk at Cromer before losing 3-2.

They went one down early on and were then grateful for a series of fine saves from keeper Kieran Allen, including one from a penalty stroke.

The league leaders rallied again and scored a fine individual goal when their captain planted his shot in the top right corner.

After this it was Thetford’s turn to press hard and they were rewarded with a short corner which Keith Squires fired into the bottom corner. The visitors continued to press and a goalmouth scramble was won by Dave Hurren and Darren Matthews to level the score at half-time.

Thetford had their tails up but couldn’t find a third goal and the hosts forced a late short corner from which they went ahead agan. Thetford continued to battle and in the final seconds Andrew Smith made a great run before being fouled, with the resultant penalty corner being cleared off the line.