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THETFORD Town will go from their best win of the season to their biggest game of 2011/12 yet when they host Godmanchester Rovers at Mundford Road tomorrow (3pm).

The Brecklanders — top of the Ridgeons League First Division — knocked Premier Division leaders Wroxham out of the Norfolk Senior Cup on Saturday and could now face Norwich City Reserves in the semi-finals, should the Canaries overcome King’s Lynn Town in the last eight.

But, more important to boss Mark Scott is the continued push for promotion and his table-topping charges face a Godmanchester side who look set to provide the stiffest challenge to their title chase.

“This one really is the biggest game of the season,” said Scott. “Win, lose or draw this game we are still in a strong position, but Godmanchester are matching us stride for stride.

“They can go level on points with us if they turn us over, but if we turn them over we’d be six points clear and still with a game in hand.”

Matt Dixon backheeled home strike partner Matt Blake’s shot to open the scoring against Wroxham in the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-final, only for the Yachtsmen to level almost immediately.

Tom Cusack’s deflected free-kick restored the Breckalnders’ advantage, but they needed a string of fine saves from goalkeeper Ian Fancett and a goal-line clearance from Sean O’Donnell to confirm their progress.

Key players Liam Bolton (hamstring) and Bruno Tavares (hamstring) are expected to be missing again, but defenders Luke Bailey (knee) and Dave Richards (ill) could return for the visit of Godmanchester.

Meanwhile, in the Ridgeons Premier, Walsham-le-Willows manager Paul Smith believes his side could have completed a superb hat-trick had they not made such a poor start against Ely City on Saturday.

Willows had beaten the top two sides in the Ridgeons Premier, but could not complete a trio of victories over the top three at the Unwin Ground thanks to Austen Diaper’s second-minute strike.

“We didn’t do ourselves justice in the first half,” said Smith.

“We started slowly and conceded, but you would have thought that 11 different players went out for the second half.

“If we’d played the first half like we did the second, we may have stretched our run to three.”

Forwards James Tatham (hamstring), Ollie Hughes (back) and Will Brown (hamstring) could all miss out.

Elsewhere in the Ridgeons Premier, Mildenhall Town travel to Diss Town tomorrow (3pm) before facing Ely City in the Cambs Invitation Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Hall drew 1-1 with CRC on Saturday and lost 3-1 to Haverhill Rovers in the Suffolk Premier Cup last eight on Tuesday.

Stowmarket Town crashed out of the Suffolk Senior Cup at Suffolk and Ipswich League outfit Grundisburgh, losing their quarter-final 4-0.

Stow return to Ridgeons First Division action at Swaffham Town tomorrow (3pm), but cannot move off the bottom of the table, even were they to beat their visitors from Norfolk.

In the same division, Team Bury host high-flying Whitton United at Ram Meadow tomorrow (3pm) on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Fakenham Town on Saturday, with Adam Burroughs on target for the Blues once again.

“It was disappointing results-wise, but the performance was fantastic,” said manager Ross Wilding. “There were a few with the Bury senior team so a few players came in and did really well.”

n Thetford Town are looking for an assistant to help with the reserves. Anyone interested should contact bobrich60@talktalk.net