Fearless Thetford aiming to upset Premier leaders

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THETFORD Town manager Mark Scott is plotting an upset at Ridgeons League Premier Division leaders Dereham Town tomorrow (3pm).

The Brecklanders visit their Norfolk rivals in the first round of the FA Vase, with £900 and a place in the last 64 on the road to Wembley.

Although the Mundford Road outfit are a side in form with eight wins from eight league matches, Dereham go in the back of a 6-1 demolition of fellow high-fliers Mildenhall Town.

“We want to be in the Premier Division and we don’t really fear anybody,” said boss Scott. “We’ve had one defeat in all competitions this season, which was at Walsham-le-Willows in the FA Cup.

“We have to go there with confidence and believing in our style of football.”

Scott, who described the match as the biggest Town will probably have all season, should have an almost full-strength squad to pick from, with Ian Fancett continuing to deputise for skipper Mark Bowden in goal.

Thetford warmed up for the clash by cruising past Swaffham Town in the Norfolk Senior Cup third round, thanks to a brace from Matt Dixon.

Sean O’Donnell fired the Brecklanders in front before Dixon made amends for a penalty miss by netting from the resultant corner.

Although the home side pulled a goal back, Dixon successfully converted a second spot-kick after strike partner Matt Blake was fouled in the area.

Scott added: “Once we settled down and got into our stride, there only ever looked like being one winner.”

Thetford host Fakenham on Tuesday in the Ridgeons League Cup.

n Thetford Reserves recorded a 5-2 victory over Ipswich Wanderers with goals from Rob Priddle (3), Jordon Hughes and Ricky Bowers.

The game was marred by a serious injury to James Dean. The club wishes him a speedy recovery.