Fancett’s late strike gives Town ‘most crucial point’

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THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Mildenhall Town 3

Thetford Town 3

Thetford Town manager Mark Scott believes Ian Fancett’s late strike could have earned the Brecklanders their most important point of the season.

Fancett scored a 25-yard screamer to earn Thetford a 3-3 draw at Mildenhall Town from 3-1 down and they host Haverhill Rovers in their penultimate match of the season tomorrow (3pm).

Scott’s charges — who carried their momentum into a 2-0 win at CRC on Wednesday to lift themselves out of the relegation zone — took the lead through Sam Bryant before Aaron Turner’s hat-trick put Hall in charge, but Jordan Rocastle and Fancett earned them a share of the spoils.

“That could be our most crucial point of the season,” said Scott. “A lot of people would have said we were dead and buried and on another day the spirit might not have been there, but we worked really hard and Fancett’s come on to score the equaliser for us.”

Hall’s Steve Holder blasted a second-minute penalty wide before Sam Bryant hooked Thetford in front.

Turner turned his first goal home from close range in the 22nd minute to level matters up, but the away team almost regained the lead when Jemel Fox had to clear off the line from Bruno Tavares.

Turner and Kris Thomas missed glorious chances before the break, but Fancett came off the bench for Thetford and struck the crossbar from an acute angle.

Turner found his range to head in the rebound after Cruickshank had palmed away Attwood’s swerving strike and Fancett sold Shane Leech short with a pass that set Hall away on a counter-attack, which ended with Turner completing his hat-trick.

However, Rocastle lobbed home before Fancett’s 25-yard dipping strike went into the back of the net via the foot of the right post in the 93rd minute.

Mildenhall manager Christian Appleford — whose side lost 2-1 at Norwich United on Tuesday despite another strike from Turner — said: “We should have won that Thetford game 10 times over.”