TOP scorer Matt Dixon will be sidelined through suspension as Thetford Town look to continue their incredible winning running at March Town United tomorrow (3pm).
The Brecklanders can expect their toughest test of the season to date when they visit the third-placed Hares, looking to win their 14th consecutive Ridgeons League First Division match — a run stretching back to April.
Although manager Mark Scott admitted the loss of Dixon would be a blow, he has two or three options at his disposal and another in-form striker in Matt Blake.
“Dicko will be a huge loss because of his work-rate, and he’s very clever,” said Scott, who could be set to play Blake down the middle of a front three with Arron Joseph, Valta Rocha or the returning Tom Cusack in Blake’s usual wide role.
Dixon was on target for the 10th time in 11 league matches this season as Thetford comfortably saw off Brightlingsea Regent 4-0 at Mundford Road, with Luke Bailey, Matt Howard and Bruno Tavares also on target.
Reflecting on the success, Scott said: “I was absolutely delighted seeing as I had that game down as a potential banana skin with their recent form.
“I would have taken a point, although we are not playing for single points, we are playing for all three every week and a win like that sends a strong message out to the rest of the league.”
Ahead of their trip to in-form March — who have won their last three matches, netting 13 goals in the process — Scott knows his team must contain the home side’s attacking flair while not losing sight of what they need to do to win the match.
“I’ve always considered March quite a strong side,” said Thetford’s chief. “They are always quick on the counter-attack and play some very nice football.
“They have strengthened this season with a couple of extra players and they are looking like a very dangerous team at the moment.
“We will be very aware of what they have got to offer, but our focus will be on what we are all about and if we play to our strengths we know we can achieve what we want to.”
n The following Saturday, Thetford entertain second-placed Whitton United in a much-anticipated top-of-the-table clash.