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Thetford Town 1 Long Melford 1: Town left to rue missed chances

PUBLISHED: 17:30 09 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:30 09 April 2018

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Thetford Town extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 1-1 draw against Long Melford at Mundford Road.

Robbie Priddle had given Town the lead on the stroke of half-time with, his 24th goal of the season, but Will Wingfield drew the Suffolk side level in the second half.

The result, which left Thetord 11th in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, frustrated manager Danny White.

“It feels like two points dropped,” he said. “We dominated in the first half, but Long Melford were better in the second half. When we are on top we really need to take chances and kill teams off.”

There is plenty for the Brecklanders to look forward to with a League Cup final against Brantham Athletic on May 7 at Diss Town’s Brewers Green Lane fast approaching.

However, White is remaining focused on finishing as high as possible in the league.

“We are really looking forward to the final, but I’ll worry about that nearer the time,” he said.

“For me we need to pick up as many points as we can. The final will take care of itself but from the club’s point of view it will be a great day.”

Town have six Thurlow Nunn Premier games left. The table is so tight that Thetford could realistically finish as high as eighth with a strong finish, but could easily slide down as low as 14th.

They also have the incentive of trying to finish as the top Norfolk side in the league, with Gorleston and Wroxham also in the hunt. The trio are separated by just two points at present, with the Greens leading the way.

White’s squad is as strong as it has been all season, with good competition for places throughout the squad, but with two long-term absentees.

“Unfortunately I don’t think we will see Johnny Conroy or Alex McIntosh for the rest of the season which is really unfortunate as I felt both started the season very well,” said White.

Thetford will attempt to maintain their current form in a cup final dress rehearsal away to Brantham on Saturday (kick-off 3pm). They are then away to Fakenham next Wednesday (April 18).

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