Season of ‘what might have been’

FAN FAVOURITE: Defender Matt Howard (right) was presented with the supporters' player of the season award
FAN FAVOURITE: Defender Matt Howard (right) was presented with the supporters' player of the season award

THETFORD TOWN manager Mark Scott will probably always look back on this season and think about ‘what might have been’.

Despite earning promotion from the Ridgeons First Division to the Premier Division, Town came within a whisker of being crowned champions, losing out on goal difference to Godmanchester Rovers.

Scott admits that achieving promotion was the club’s main goal, and it is the first time since 1992 that Town have been back in the Premier Division.

“It has been a long time trying,” said Scott. “It was frustrating to lose out on being champions on goal difference, but the goal was to achieve promotion.

“We’re all relishing the chance to compete at the higher level.”

“We hope that getting promoted will attract some interest, some publicity and maybe some sponsors.”

Scott ranks the two league games with Godmanchester as the biggest disappointment of the season.

Town lost 2-1 at home to Rovers in January, before losing 2-0 away in the penultimate league game.

He said: “That was a huge disappointment, going to their place knowing realistically that a point would be enough to win the title.

“We were 2-0 down inside seven minutes and never gave ourselves a chance.”

Town had a mixed season in the cups, losing early in the FA Vase, FA Cup, Ridgeons League Cup and the First Division Knockout Cup.

But they saved their very best form for the Norfolk Senior Cup, enjoying a run all the way to the final.

Scott and his players were left disappointed, however, losing the Carrow Road showpiece 2-0 to Gorleston

“It was a case of ‘so near, yet so far’,” said Scott. We just didn’t do ourselves justice in the first half and we left ourselves far too much to do to get back in the game.”

The boss awarded his manager’s player-of-the-season award to goalkeeper Ian Fancett, who had originally been signed by the club as a left-sided attacking midfielder, but has been converted to goalkeeper with great results.

The players’ player award, meanwhile, went to lead striker Matt Dixon, who topped the club’s goalscoring charts with 33 league goals in 29 starts.

The supporters’ choice for player of the season, meanwhile, was central defender Matt Howard, a man described as ‘an absolute rock’ by his manager.

Looking forward to next season, Scott finds it difficult to say for certain what his side’s ambitions should be until he knows what his squad will be.

Scott realises that his team’s success could lead to interest from bigger clubs in his players.

But he is adamant that he wants his team to make an impact,

“We’re not in there to make up the numbers,” he said. “We want to be a competitive, mid-table team.”