Title-chasing Wisbech too hot for Thetford Town

Wisbech Town 4, Thetford Town 1

Thetford Town were left reeling after seeing a five game unbeaten run ended by two successive emphatic defeats.

The bubble was burst last midweek, when Mark Scott’s men were beaten 3-0 at Walsham-le-Willows.

And they were unable to bounce back on Saturday when they travelled to high-flying Wisbech and were beaten 4-1.

It doesn’t get much easier this weekend, either, as the Brecklanders have a home game against Stanway Rovers, who on Saturday won 2-1 at Norwich United, having lowered the colours of Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division leaders Mildenhall the previous weekend.

Thetford’s day started badly at Fenland Park with the hosts taking the lead after just two minutes – Chris Bacon volleying in at the far post after a break down the right and cross by Dubi Ogbonna.

Town rallied but Wisbech looked every inch a title chasing side as they countered with some lightning breaks.

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There was a great chance for an equaliser when the home defensive lost the ball, but Valta Rocha’s effort went over the bar.

Thetford’s Ian Fancett was the busier of the two keepers, but he held out until half time.

The second half, however, saw Town concede two early goals which sealed the match.

Neal Spafford doubled the score on 51 minutes when he converted from the edge of the six yard box and Bacon made it 3-0 two minutes later when he headed in a cross from the left.

The introduction of John Curtis brought a Town revival in which James Pipe caused some concern in the home ranks.

This led to them pulling a goal back on 80 minutes when, from a Pipe free-kick, Rocha glanced in a header.

But Wisbech added a fourth just before the end from their 16-year-old debutant Jack Friend, who became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer.

Though there was question that the better team won, it was a spirited effort by Town against the best side they had played all season.

They will hope to have learned some lessons ahead of their return to Fenland Park in the Red Insure Cup next Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

Thetford: Fancett, Joseph, K Morphew, D Morphew, Wake, Bolton (Curtis), Croome (McCartney), D Cusack, Catchpole, Rocha, Pipe.

Having played Stanway on Saturday afternoon (3pm), Swaffham host a Race Night in the evening – free entry, first race 7pm. Swaffham Reserves, having lost 7-0 at home to Witham Town Res at the weekend, travel to Malden & Tiptree on Saturday (3pm).

Thetford are at home to King’s Lynn Town in the Norfolk Senior Cup on Monday, November 26.