Brecklanders ‘must win’ next two games to survive the drop

COMMANDING: Duncan McAnally claims the ball as Walsham-le-Willows' defence comes under pressure during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Mildenhall Town
COMMANDING: Duncan McAnally claims the ball as Walsham-le-Willows' defence comes under pressure during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Mildenhall Town

Thetford Town manager Mark Scott has admitted his side must beat relegation rivals FC Clacton and Diss Town in their next two fixtures.

The Brecklanders are locked in a battle to avoid the drop with Clacton, Diss and Wivenhoe Town at the bottom of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

They host Essex outfit Clacton tomorrow (3pm) before taking on Diss on Easter Monday and only have another three more games after those in their bid to climb out of the bottom three.

“We have to be looking at getting six points from those two games,” said Scott, whose second-bottom charges are two points adrift of Diss and Wivenhoe, but have played four games more. “If we were to get six points from those two games and a minimum of another one from the remaining three then that might be enough to keep us up.

“We won’t give up until it is mathematically impossible for us to stay up.”

Thetford — who have not won since November 3 — gained an unexpected point against title-chasing Brantham Athletic at Mundford Road on Saturday.

The Brecklanders were indebted to goalkeeper Ian Fancett for deflecting a shot on to the post with his leg before Luke Catchpole — back at the club after spells at Diss Town and Norwich United — put them in front with a lob.

Athletic finally broke through Town’s defence on 75 minutes when Danny Grimwood headed home.

Thetford would like to thank L Fulcher Funeral Services for sponsoring the match.

On Tuesday, the Brecklanders could not recover from a slow start against Godmanchester Rovers as they lost to the two goals they conceded inside the opening 20 minutes.

At the other end of the table, Walsham-le-Willows and Mildenhall Town played out a 1-1 draw that did neither side any favours as Dereham Town took the opportunity to move five points clear at the top.

Paul Musgrove netted the equaliser for Walsham after Allicion Blake had put Mildenhall ahead.

The Willows — who also lost 4-2 to Gorleston on Tuesday — do not play again until March 30 when they host Wivenhoe Town.

Hall travel to relegation-threatened Diss Town tomorrow (3pm).

In the First Division, Team Bury — who drew 2-2 at home to Saffron Walden Town on Tuesday having led 2-0 through goals from Mason Thorogood and Ryan Taylor — visit Halstead Town tomorrow (3pm) before welcoming Whitton United to Ram Meadow on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Stowmarket Town — who were beaten 3-0 at home to Ipswich Wanderers on Tuesday — travel to Swaffham Town tomorrow (3pm).