MATCH REPORT: Thetford win Fakenham basement battle

FOOTBALL - Thetford Town v Fakenham Town''Pictured: S. Hunsden watches as his shot goes past the goalkeeper and into the net to score Thetfords first ANL-151228-231803009
FOOTBALL - Thetford Town v Fakenham Town''Pictured: S. Hunsden watches as his shot goes past the goalkeeper and into the net to score Thetfords first ANL-151228-231803009
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Thurlow Nunn Premier Division: Thetford Town 5 Fakenham Town 2

Thetford Town boosted their survival hopes at the expense of Fakenham Town with a five-star performance at The Recreation Ground.

A brace from Shaun Hunsdon and goals from Olly Standley, Sam Bond and Bruno Tavaras wrapped up a convincing display against the Ghosts.

The three points saw the Brecklanders close the gap on both Saffron Walden and Walsham le Willows in the league standings.

Thetford boss Danny White handed a full debut to 17-year-old Elliot Gibson in the centre of midfield.

The hosts made a bright start playing down the slope and deservedly took the lead in the eighth minute when Hunsdon produced a delightful finish in the box.

Thetford remained well on top with maurading fullback Sam Bond and Stanley causing Fakenham problems.

Fakenham rarely threatened the home goal, but three minutes before the break they were back on level terms.

The Brecklanders failed to deal with a George Brooks and Josh Youngs was allowed a free header in the box.

It was a big blow to the hosts, but they hit back right on the stroke of half-time with an excellent finish from the impressive Bond on the edge of the box.

The next goal was going to be all-important and so it proved five minutes after the restart when Stanley nodded in at the back stick.

Fakenham refused to lie down and midway through the second period Matty Franks drilled home just inside the box to set up a nervous finale.

When Bond headed wide and the dangerous Hunsdon struck the base of the post it looked as though the hosts might be made to pay for a string of missed chances.

But any nerves were eased when Hunsdon headed home his second goal of the afternoon to restore Thetford’s two-goal advantage.

Seven minutes from time, it was Bruno Tavaras’ turn to get in on the act when he converted an Ian Fancett centre from the right.

It was no more than the Brecklanders deserved for a performance full of endeavour and commitment.