Thetford Town 2 Histon 2: Familiar failings cost Town a couple of points

PUBLISHED: 19:44 22 April 2018

Wroxham's Cruise Nyadzayo tries to close down Coggeshall goalkeeper James Bransgrove. 

Wroxham's Cruise Nyadzayo tries to close down Coggeshall goalkeeper James Bransgrove. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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In an all too familiar story this season Thetford Town dominated Saturday’s clash at Mundford Road, only for defensive errors to cost them points.

Histon arrived in the top six, but came into the game on a bad run of form, with four defeats in their last five matches.

Thetford have been in poor form themselves, with no wins in the last five, but there were few signs of a lack of confidence as they dominated the first half, scoring twice but missing a host of good opportunities.

Thetford were two goals to the good within 20 minutes. Valter Rocha’s pass into the inside left channel was seized upon by Andrew Wood who cut back inside and fired the home side into the lead.

Then Elliot Smith, who was completely unmarked, stooped low to head Max Melanson’s cross into the net from six yards for his first goal of the season.

Thetford were in complete control and creating chances seemingly at will. The game should have been out of Histon’s reach by the interval but Town were unable to increase their lead.

Within eight minutes of the restart Histon had drawn themselves level. The referee adjudged that Danny Gould was nudged in the back by Max Morton and pointed to the spot and Dan Brown shot high into the top left hand corner, beyond Will Viner’s reach.

Brown scored his second of the afternoon when Town failed to clear a corner, and he hooked the ball back into the net from a tight angle at the far post.

The home side continued to create clear opportunities but keeper Sam Roach imade numerous fine saves to earn his team a point.

Thetford Town: Viner, Steed, Morton, Smith, Bond, White (Castro), Melanson, Priddle, Rocha, Campbell, Wood

Town play their final home game of the season next Saturday against Haverhill Rovers (3pm). Much of Town’s attention will now be directed towards the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup final against Brantham Athletic at Diss Town FC on Monday, May 7 (3pm).

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