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Thetford depleted but buoyant

PUBLISHED: 09:30 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:13 07 July 2010

Thetford Town, who lost to leaders Newmarket on Saturday, travel to lowly Downham this weekend looking for a good result despite a depleted squad.

They will be without Steve Crawshaw and Dave Richards who are at a wedding, Simon Jackson unavailable, Lee Brewer who is away on holiday, Kam Senior and Kwame Jones suspended, Sam Giacomelli, Mark Kemp and Aaron Piggot injured.

Thetford Town, who lost to leaders Newmarket on Saturday, travel to lowly Downham this weekend looking for a good result despite a depleted squad.

They will be without Steve Crawshaw and Dave Richards who are at a wedding, Simon Jackson unavailable, Lee Brewer who is away on holiday, Kam Senior and Kwame Jones suspended, Sam Giacomelli, Mark Kemp and Aaron Piggot injured.

This time last season it would have been a disaster! This season with the squad Thetford have this should not be a problem.

The first team have had an up and down start to the new season and suffered defeat for only the second time against unbeaten league leaders Newmarket Town.

Thetford shocked their opponents by taking the lead after only five minutes through Sam Bryant.

Sixteen-year-old Luke Wheeler made his debut in goal and performed really well coming out on two occasions to pluck crosses off the heads of experienced Newmarket centre halves Colin Vowden and Andy Eadey.

In fact Thetford were matching their experienced opponents and should have equalised just before half time when ex Thetford keeper Lee Hulyer kicked the ball out to Kwame Jones who scuffed his shot wide. Newmarket scored a third at the start of the second half, and when Greg Devlin was sent off for dissent Town had an uphill task. Despite this with only 10 men for much of the second half Thetford kept their opponents at bay and still created two good goalscoring opportunities through Sam Bryant and Bruno Silva Eavres.

Money believes the side is still short of three quality players and will be looking to increase his squad over the next couple of weeks with some seven day approaches. Exciting 18 year old keeper Ross Bilham has rejoined the club after doing exceptionally well in pre season and will hopefully be making his debut at Downham Market.

Lee Devlin has been awarded Player of the Month for August and has really impressed with every game so far this season, always attends training and with no bookings to date Lee thoroughly deserves his award of an Wembley England ticket from sponsor Adie Lee of flooringsupplies.co.uk.

Thetford now have three strong squads under good management and training attendance is still exceptional with only two players from the first and reserves squads missing training Thursday.

Thetford still need every player in the club sponsored by the sum of £50 for this any would be sponsor gets his name and phone number in our programme and a link on our website which had over 2500 hits last week. The club have been approached by two more sponsors who would like to come on board as Thetford goes from strength to strength.

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