THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Thetford Town 5
Fakenham Town 2
Teenage midfielder Elliot Gibson has a bright future ahead of him, insists Thetford Town boss Danny White.
The Brecklanders boss is backing the 17-year-old to build on his full senior debut against Fakenham Town on Monday.
White resisted the temptation to start himself in the huge six-pointer, which Thetford won 5-2, handing a full debut to the youngster who has come through the reserve ranks at the Recreation Ground.
Speaking after their fourth win of the campaign, White said: “Elliot has only just turned 17 but I thought he came in and was magnificent today.
“He has looked very good in training and I felt we needed a little bit more energy in midfield today.
“Elliot has come in and done everything we’ve asked and more. He might be young but he was mixing and matching it with men.
“He could go on to be a very good player for this club.”
The result was never really in doubt from the first whistle with Thetford on top for long periods of the game.
Shaun Hunsdon’s early goal was cancelled out by Fakenham’s Josh Youngs before a fine finish from Sam Bond restored Thetford’s lead on the stroke of half-time.
Olly Standley nodded the hosts back into a two-goal lead before Bond headed over and Hunsdon struck the base of the post.
Fakenham’s Matty Franks drilled home to reduce the arrears but further goals from Hunsdon and substitute Bruno Tavaras clinched a crucial victory for the Brecklanders.
On the victory, White, whose side make the tough trip to Kirkley tomorrow, said: “It was a massive win for us.
“Before the game I said to the boys that I wanted a big Christmas present with three points and they obliged.
“It gives us a huge lift as a club going into the new year. It was a must-win game for us and it might go on and change our season.
“We won the personal battles and I thought it was a game which we dominated at times.
“I wanted our defenders to start scoring and that’s happened too.
“Sam (Bond) is skipper of the club and he is a great lad with it.”
Thetford Town: Goodwin, Bond, Bailey, Sim, Judge, Coomber-Willis, Gibson, Pearson, Hunsdon, Priddle (Tavaras), Stanley (Fancett).