Five defeats in a row for struggling Thetford Town

UNDER THE COSH: Thetford's Ben Wake and Valta Rocha try to halt Diss winger Sam Bryant in his tracks
UNDER THE COSH: Thetford's Ben Wake and Valta Rocha try to halt Diss winger Sam Bryant in his tracks
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Thetford Town 0 Diss Town 1

by Derek Bish at Mundford Road

THETFORD Town manager Mark Scott has told his side to stop feeling sorry for themselves as they prepare to head to Felixstowe and Walton United.

The Brecklanders lost Tuesday night’s Norfolk derby to Diss Town, becoming the first side to lose to the Tangerines in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division this season.

Those three points moved Diss off the bottom, to be replaced by Felixstowe, with Scott desperate to turn round a run of five consecutive defeats when they visit Dellwood Avenue tomorrow (3pm).

“I still think we are better than the eight points we have got from 10 games, but that’s what we’ve got and it’s down to us to put it right,” said the Mundford Road-based outfit’s chief. “We have to stop feeling sorry for ourselves.

“We can coach them tactics, but we can’t coach that desire you need.”

Thetford’s loss to a Diss side that had not tasted a league victory since April 7 could have been so much worse had the Tangerines not struck the woodwork three times.

But the Brecklanders could still have snatched at least a point had their play in the final third been more clinical, with Liam Bolton’s deflected shot being palmed away by visiting goalkeeper Matty Webster the closest the home team came to scoring.

Scott added: “We’ve got to introduce a few new ideas because in that final third, with that decision, that pass, that movement without the ball, we are too predictable.

“It’s just not gelling and we have to address it in training – we have to get our midfielders linking up with the forwards a little bit more and maybe change things a bit.”

Neither side took control of the match until Diss took the lead in the 28th minute when Jordan Rocastle tucked home his first goal since returning to the Tangerines after Dan Hitching’s header from Stuart Garner’s free-kick had been saved by Ian Fancett.

The visitors also hit the woodwork twice in the opening period.

Joel Brien’s snapshot struck the foot of Fancett’s right-hand post in the 10th minute, while Adam Burroughs – who, like Hitching, is on dual registration terms at Diss from Bury Town – also found the frame of the goal in his way three minutes before the break.

Sloppy play at the back from Thetford nearly gifted a goal to Dan Easlea, who screwed his shot wide, before Burroughs thundered a shot against the underside of the bar after being put through.

Try as they might and for as much possession and territory they had, Thetford lacked real quality in attack, despite the best efforts of the tricky Tom Dew, on dual registration from Needham Market, who glanced a header over and then passed straight into the hands of Webster when he would have been better served with a cutback.

The longer the game went on, the more desperate Thetford became, with Valta Rocha particularly wasteful, and Rocastle could have doubled his tally for the night when volleying acrobatically wide with a bicycle kick.

Free Press man of the match: Tom Dew.

Thetford: Fancett, Joseph, Wake, Bailey, Carter, T Cusack, Bolton, K Morphew, Rocha, Pipe, Dew. Subs not used: McCartney, Bowers, Evans, D Cusack, Welford.

n Meanwhile, Mildenhall Town will be aiming to bounce back from Saturday’s horror show at Brantham Athletic.

Hall, who lost 5-1 at Brantham to slip to third in the Thurlow Nunn Premier, host Kirkley and Pakefield tomorrow (3pm).

Walsham-le-Willows were also defeated on Saturday – 3-2 at FC Clacton – and are at home to Godmanchester Rovers tomorrow (3pm) before travelling to local rivals Diss Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).