Brecklanders continue to impress in winning run

BATTLE FOR POSSESSION: Team Bury players win the tussle for possession in their 4-0 victory over Cornard United. Picture by Mecha Morton
BATTLE FOR POSSESSION: Team Bury players win the tussle for possession in their 4-0 victory over Cornard United. Picture by Mecha Morton
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THETFORD Town manager Mark Scott was left purring at how the Brecklanders’ continue to impress this season after they advanced in the FA Vase and stretched their winning run in the Ridgeons League First Division.

Going back to April last season, Town have now won eight consecutive league matches.

And Thetford’s squad has just got stronger, as Matt Blake returned from injury to reform the most feared strike partnership in the league with Matt Dixon and fire them to a 2-1 victory at Downham Town on Tuesday night, with a goal for each of the forwards.

“It’s all going to plan,” said Scott. “Yet we are still without the starting 11 I would like to put out.

“I would hope people look at our whole squad now, not just our strikers because along with the likes of Matt Blake and Matt Dixon we have Bruno Tavares, Matt Howard and Nathan Szyslak.”

The Brecklanders host Ipswich Wanderers in the Ridgeons League at Mundford Road on Saturday (3pm) – a dress rehearsal for when Town travel to Wanderers in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase a week later.

Stowmarket Town go in search of their first league win of the season having shocked manager Steve Jay’s former club, Hadleigh United, in the FA Vase on Saturday.

New signing Craig Payne – an ex-Hadleigh player – bagged two goals and Jay hopes the result will give his Stow players fresh impetus having failed to earn a single point in the First Division so far this season.

“The boys have got a little extra skip in their step because they have got that monkey off their back with that first win,” added Jay, who also praised assistant manager Glenn Read for his work on the training field.

Nathan Birch, Rob Francksen and Chris Smith are sidelined for tomorrow’s trip to March Town United in the league (3pm).

Elsewhere in the Ridgeons League First Division, Team Bury’s 4-0 success at Cornard United was their biggest away win since facing the same opposition back in March.

Ryan Clark, Liam Wales, Ryan Titlow and Will Hitter netted for Bury, who do not play again until they travel to Debenham LC in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase on September 24.

Ridgeons Premier outfit Walsham-le-Willows needed extra-time to see off First Division Fakenham Town in the FA Vase first qualifying round.

Ollie Hughes netted a hat-trick, while Cambridge United record goalscorer John Taylor – now assistant manager at the Willows – bagged his first goal for the club.

Paul Smith’s charges go searching for their first league point of the season when they host out-of-form Woodbridge Town tomorrow (3pm) and in-form Haverhill Rovers on Wednesday (7.45pm), but could be without Jack Brame (ankle) and Tom Fenner (foot).

“A couple of wins would push us right up to just under halfway,” said Smith. “It will be a relief when the first win comes, but when we get it I’m sure we will progress up the table.”

Mildenhall Town continued their good form of late.

An Andrew Wood double was added to by David Cooper, Tom Youngs, Steve Holder and James Paterson, gifting them an emphatic 6-1 victory over March Town United in the FA Vase on Saturday.

An impressive 3-1 victory away to Cambridge Regional College in the Ridgeons Premier followed on Wednesday, courtesy of Owen Paynter and another Wood brace, lifting them to third in the table.

They are on their travels again on Saturday when they face a tough trip to Stanway Rovers (3pm), and then host Wisbech Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).