Thetford Town 1
Godmanchester Rovers 2
THETFORD Town lost their first home league match since October 30, 2010, as they were knocked off the top of the Ridgeons League First Division.
The Brecklanders were outmuscled and outplayed by a Godmanchester Rovers side looking increasingly like Thetford’s closest challengers for the title.
And, following Saturday’s defeat, the Mundford Road-based outfit will be looking to bounce back at fellow promotion hopefuls Whitton United tomorrow (3pm).
The Brecklanders’ boss Mark Scott said: “To win this league, you have to put in a performance each week and we have to react against Whitton.
“We beat them 2-0 at home when they were without their leading goalscorer and we now have to go to their place and put in a performance.
“Before the defeat to Godmanchester I would have taken a point at Whitton, but now we need to get all three.”
The Brecklanders were off the pace from the first whistle and were rocked further when Matt Howard limped off with a knee injury in the 12th minute.
Thetford were conceding possession far too easily, found themselves second to every 50/50 challenge and went 1-0 down when they lost the ball and Jason King punished the home side with a firm finish over goalkeeper Ian Fancett.
The closest the Brecklanders went was when Matt Blake flicked over Martin Carter’s cross with his head, and Goddy continued to press after half-time with Ian Fancett denying Joe Furness from point-blank range.
Dave Richards did not make his side’s task any easier when he saw red for his reaction after initially tugging back Mikey Hyem and although Dan Morphew hooked off the line, Rovers doubled their advantage through substitute Jordan Brockett.
In attack, Thetford’s Blake and Matt Dixon had hardly had a sniff, but the former earned Town a stoppage time consolation as the beneficiary of good work between Sean O’Donnell and Tom Cusack, driving the ball home under visiting custodian Rob Mackney.
Manager Scott added: “Godman-chester were stronger than us and smarter than us.”
Thetford look set to be without Howard, who is set for a scan on his injured knee this week, while Bruno Tavares could miss the rest of the season with his torn hamstring.
Thetford: Fancett, Joseph, Carter, Morphew (Richards 12), Howard, O’Donnell, Bolton (Rocha 82), Cusack, Blake, Dixon, Davies (Bailey 62). Sub not used: Bond.
n Thetford Town will host Norwich St Johns in the semi-finals of the Norfolk Junior Cup on February 18, while Gorleston face Norwich City Reserves or King’s Lynn Town in the other last four contest.
n Shaun Bowden, Tom Old, Ricky Bowers and Nigel Croome scored for Thetford Town Reserves in their 4-1 success at Norwich United Reserves.