Thetford Town to host Dereham in Norfolk Senior Cup third round replay of last season's final as Brecklanders boost squad with five
Thetford Town will host a third round replay of last season’s Norfolk Senior Cup final, with higher-league Dereham Town set to visit the Mundford Road club.
The tie will see the reigning champions pitted against the team they beat in extra-time at Carrow Road in April, with no date for the clash yet arranged.
The Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division club beat First Division North team Norwich CBS 1-0 at home in Saturday’s second round clash to progress to meet Dereham.
Robbie Priddle scored to see the team return two wins from their last three outings, their best return of this season so far.
It sets them up well for this Saturday’s visit from fellow league struggler Gorleston (3pm), with the visitors one place and one point above Thetford Town in the standings. The Brecklanders are 19th while Gorleston are 18th.
But manager Matt Morton has boosted his struggling squad with the arrival of some familiar faces, with the hope of better fortunes for the club that have lost 11 of their 13 league matches this season.
Nathan Clarke and Tanner Call have returned to the club alongside two other new faces in youngsters George Eastwood and Aaron Rich.
Clarke, who ended last season with Thetford after moving from divisional rivals Newmarket Town, signed for BetVictor Isthmian League North side Witham Town in the summer.
He then transferred to Walsham-le-Willows, making three appearances. But Morton lured him back for his third spell with the club.
He made his returning debut in Saturday’s win over Norwich CBS in the cup.
Call, meanwhile, is also known at the Mundford Road club having played for them last in 2017-18 before moving to then-First Division side Debenham LC.
His performances attracted the attentions of Isthmian League North club Bury Town, making 23 appearances – including 12 wins – and scoring five goals last term.
Call came through the youth system at West Suffolk College and now defunct Team Bury before moving on to gain experience with Walsham, Thetford and Debenham.
He began the season at Walsham, making four appearances, before deciding to return to Thetford.
He has yet to make his returning debut, with Thetford set to host Gorleston on Saturday (3pm) in a vital clash between two of the three basement sides in the league.
Both Rich and Eastwood have played just once since joining, in Thetford’s 4-1 away defeat at Stowmarket Town.
Liam Hemming, meanwhile, who signed for the Step 5 team from Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Division One side Thetford Rovers, has already made five appearances for the Brecklanders this term and was highlighted by Morton as a key addition to the squad this campaign.
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