Scott eyes a winning finale to help lift title

Debenham, Suffolk. Football action from Debenham LC vs Thetford Town
Debenham, Suffolk. Football action from Debenham LC vs Thetford Town
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THETFORD Town manager Mark Scott believes his side could have to win all eight of their remaining league fixtures to clinch the Ridgeons League First Division title.

The Brecklanders remained top of the division on goal difference from Godmanchester Rovers after trouncing Debenham LC 5-1 on Saturday.

They stung the Hornets with a goal just seven seconds into the match before going on to lead 4-0 by the 15th minute.

Scott – whose side will be hoping for a repeat performance at mid-table Cambridge University Press (CUP) tomorrow (3pm) – said: “It was probably the most ruthless I have seen us in front of goal.

“We were fluid in possession and playing at pace, while there was something different about us around the 18-yard box – every time we got there we looked like we would score.”

Thetford will be without the suspended duo of Martin Carter and skipper Sean O’Donnell as they begin their eight-match run-in at Histon’s Glassworld Stadium, where CUP play their home games.

“I think, we will have to win seven of those eight games and maybe draw with Godmanchester,” said Scott. “Looking at the fixtures and what Whitton and Godmanchester have left, if any of us drop three points it will be difficult to win the league.

“We’ve all got games in which we could potentially do that and it could genuinely take eight victories to clinch the title.”

Meanwhile, Mildenhall Town manager Christian Appleford said right-back David Cooper was “lucky” after he was badly injured during Hall’s abandoned Ridgeons Premier clash with Dereham Town on Saturday.

Cooper was knocked unconscious after colliding with a pitchside barrier in the 38th minute and was later taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with concussion, whiplash and a bruised stomach.

Hall – who also saw Steve Holder taken to accident and emergency with a gashed head on Saturday – do not play tomorrow, but visit out-of-form Gorleston on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Walsham-le-Willows will hope to further ease their relegation worries when they visit Gorleston tomorrow (3pm) and host basement boys Great Yarmouth Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Willows – who will be missing Matt Morton (knee) for six weeks – moved out of the bottom three with victory over Kirkley and Pakefield on Saturday thanks to goals from Ryan Foster and Jon Lambert, a result that helped relegate Yarmouth.

Looking ahead to the coming week, Walsham boss Paul Smith said: “If we can get a mini run going now with nine games left we should be able to lift ourselves clear.

“If we can get a good result against Gorleston, who lost 6-0 on Saturday, we then face Yarmouth full of confidence.

“However, we can’t expect them to roll over even though they are bottom of the league.”