FULL of confidence, but not a hint of complaceny. That is the message from Mark Scott ahead of Thetford Town’s biggest game of the season so far.
Tomorrow, the Brecklanders can book their first cup final spot in 20 years when they host Long Melford in the last four of the Division One KO Cup at Mundford Road (3pm).
Scott’s men are on their best run of the campaign following five games unbeaten and the Town chief is urging his players not to let the opportunity pass them by.
“This could really set our season up,” said Scott. “But, a defeat in such an important game could really knock us back.
“It is a tie that on paper, people are probably expecting us to win, but anything can happen in the cup. Melford will come here and give it a real go and we have to be ready for that.
“The players know what is at stake for this club. Twenty years without a serious cup final is too long a wait and we want to end that. Hopefullly we can attract a decent-size crowd that can cheer us into the final.”
Town are likely to be without flair player Bruno Tavares, who has a suspected fractured ankle. If the injury is confirmed, it will be a big blow to Scott’s plans after the Portugese winger had found sparkling form.
“Nothing will be confirmed until Bruno has had his scan, but of course if anyone of his ability is ruled out for a period of time then it is a blow,” said Scott.
He added: “We are all excited about this tie. We can almost taste the final and, as Thetford Town manager, I don’t want to be remembered as the nearly man.”
Thetford go into the game on the back of an impressive 2-1 Ridgeons League Division One comeback at Saffron Walden Town - a triumph that saw the Norfolk Club race into eighth place in the table.
“We totally outclassed them,” said Scott. “We have a superb spirit about the place at the moment and it was proved with the win on Saturday. Saffron Walden is never an easy place to visit.”
Route to the semi-final.
First round. Diss Town 1, Thetford Town 2 (Dixon, Blake); Long Melford 1, Halstead Town 0.
Quarter-finals. Thetford Town 2 (Tavares 2), Stowmarket Town 1 aet; Long Melford 1, Godmanchester Rovers 0.