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Trip to league leaders not daunting for Thetford Town

Thetford Town may have a difficult run of fixtures coming up in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, but manager Danny White is not intimidated by it.

In fact, he cannot wait for the Brecklanders’ trip to the Glassworld Stadium on Saturday (3pm), as they prepare to take on a Histon side unbeaten at home in the league this term, fully confident of his side’s capabilities.

“I’m excited about our next run of fixtures,” he said. “I really fancy us on our day and now – with so many of our injured players making their way back – we have the squad to be able to compete against anyone.

“In the reverse game at ours (a 2-1 defeat on February 15) we nearly got there against Histon, so I’m feeling really good about it.

MBFP-05-03-2019-005 Dream start, Thetford celebrate Valta Rocha's goal making it 2-0 after 4 minutes. (7768515)
MBFP-05-03-2019-005 Dream start, Thetford celebrate Valta Rocha's goal making it 2-0 after 4 minutes. (7768515)

“They have a good pitch and I think that will suit us more than them. I think we are a much better footballing side. They play long ball after long ball.

“Don’t get me wrong, it works for them regardless of what I think of that style of football, so we are aware of the aerial threat they will be, but I think we can cause them just as many problems.”

His confidence is well founded, with the team suffering just one loss from their last nine outings with a 4-2 away victory over Gorleston (11th) last Saturday.

White said the result was almost a ‘carbon-copy’ of their 4-2 Norfolk Cup semi-final last Tuesday, with Sam Bond and Robbie Priddle putting the side two goals ahead early on, before conceding to a penalty and then the equaliser.

But Priddle and Harry Hutt managed to find goals in the second half to secure maximum points on the road.

White said: “It was good to do that, too often we haven’t managed to take three points despite being dominant.

“And we’re in 15th in the league, that’s why we’re there, because we have dropped too many points this season in those games.

“To be honest, it’s very very close in the table between second from bottom and about ninth or tenth, so a few points and it all changes.”

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