Thetford gunning for Christmas number one

SCREAMER: Lee Sim scored a special goal, but could not prevent Walsham--le-Willows crashing to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of high-flying Wisbech Town on Saturday
SCREAMER: Lee Sim scored a special goal, but could not prevent Walsham--le-Willows crashing to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of high-flying Wisbech Town on Saturday
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THETFORD Town can end the year on top of the Ridgeons League First Division with victory over second-placed Whitton United at Mundford Road tomorrow (3pm).

The Brecklanders’ 100 per cent record came to an end with a 3-1 loss at third-placed March Town United on Saturday, meaning they go into tomorrow’s clash looking to end the only remaining unbeaten record in the Ridgeons League.

“When there is a negative, you have to find a positive and maybe it is a blessing in disguise,” said Scott. “We go into an incredibly difficult game against Whitton starting again.

“That game now has a lot more riding on it — they are the ones with the only unbeaten record in the Ridgeons League and have to come to us defending that.”

Bruno Tavares is set to miss several weeks after tearing his hamstring at March, while Matt Howard (knee) could also be out of tomorrow’s top-of-the-table encounter.

Top scorer Matt Dixon will return from suspension while defender Dave Richards and midfielder Tom Cusack are pushing for starts.

Up a division, but at the wrong end of the table, struggling Walsham-le- Willows host Wivenhoe Town tomorrow (3pm), hoping to close the gap on their visitors to just two points in the scrap against relegation.

Boss Paul Smith, whose side were beaten 2-1 by title-chasing Wisbech Town on Saturday, said: “If we can get three points over them, we’ll be two points behind them with five games in hand — it’s a real six-pointer for us.

“The boys realise how big a game the match with Wisbech is.”

Elsewhere in the Ridgeons Premier, Mildenhall Town manager Christian Appleford hopes his side can begin the sort of run that saw his side climb the table last season after Steve Holder ended a 461-minute goal drought with a spectacular overhead kick in their draw with Gorleston on Saturday.

Manager Christian Appleford, who has a fully-fit squad for the first time in two-and-a-half months to travel to Hadeigh United tomorrow (3pm), said: “That goal will hopefully kick us on now. “The lads have not lost confidence, but they have just been very nervous in front of goal. They are playing well, but it’s not been going their way.”

Team Bury and Stowmarket Town are also both in action in the Ridgeons First Division.

The former will be looking to put distance between themselves and the bottom three at in-form Godmanchester Rovers tomorrow (3pm).

Bury shared six goals with Fakenham Town on Saturday, having been 3-0 up with just 15 minutes to play and still 3-1 clear going into the final minute.

Adam Burroughs bagged a brace for the Blues while Jack Edwards got the other, but Josh Curry missed a penalty and the youngsters capitulated at the end, conceding from three set pieces.

“It was really pleasing to see for 70-75 minutes and perhaps because they played so well they believed they were not going to lose it rather than see it out,” said boss Ross Wilding.

Stowmarket Town — thrashed 4-0 by fellow strugglers Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday — will hope to avoid the stigma of being bottom at Christmas by gaining a win on their visit to Brightlingsea Regent tomorrow (3pm).