Excellent weekend for Thetford’s hockey teams

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Hockey action - Credit: Archant

Thetford Ladies turned in an excellent performance to beat Pelicans III 7-2 in the Empresa Norfolk League.

The home side settled into their stride early and 10 minutes in Karen Hodgkinson crossed to Kathy Hammond who popped the ball home.

Another cycle of play finished with a ball going to Abbie Cozens, who also found the target. Sarah Nichol scored the third goal, which was from a shot from the top of the D from Hodgkinson.

Pelicans then scored after a series of short corners and took another from open play.

But Thetford were not about to let this game slide against them and Anna Ridsdill Smith scored from off post from a short corner.

Hodgkinson took another goal from a short corner followed by Hammond, who found the right hand corner after a good work from player-of-the-match Ridsdill Smith.

Hammond scored the final goal after a battle at the goalmouth.

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It was also a good day for Thetford’s Town men’s team in the the East League.

They travelled to Cromer to take on North Norfolk II and extend their unbeaten run to four games with a 4-0 win.

Reece Laffar scored the first of three for the day with a skilful run at the defence and a powerful shot at the top of the D into the bottom left corner. His second came from a well taken short corner which was finished with a fierce shot past the keeper.

The third goal was the best of the afternoon, a solo effort from well inside his own half finished with a reverse shot into the top left of the goal.

In the second half North Norfolk showed good effort and forced Thetford back early on, creating several chances. However keeper Kieran Allen produced some great saves with a confident defence of his D. The visitors’ fourth goal came when Ron Laffar pounced on a ball in the D after a scrambled chance created by Dave Hurren and Darren Matthews.

With 10 minutes to go Thetford pressed hard and attempted to create chances for Trevor Mackintosh to score his first goal for the club before he leaves. While he made great efforts the fairytale ending wasn’t to be and Mackintosh, a much respected and popular player having been at the club for a year, will be a big loss to the team.

Thetford now turn their attention to Lowestoft on Saturday at home, 2.30pm.