MEN'S MATCH REPORT
12th December 2020
Sudbury II’s 4 Thetford 3
A difficult away game to face after the Covid lockdown, Thetford were also understrength. Despite the
disadvantages the visitors shocked the Sudbury side with their positive attitude and willingness to attack from the outset. An effective defence led by captain Dan Gidney and assisted by Robert Murphy, Alastair Smith and Max Brias- foiled most attacks and
initiated menacing counter attacks from the mid-field. Jack Cozens was particularly busy in providing a link to William Rolfe and Andrew Smith. It was in fact Thetford who opened the scoring after Smith’s shot was deflected off a defender and onto the
keeper and then into the goal. Sudbury did manage to score to go into half time all square.
The home side came out more aggressively in the second half and scored another two goals despite some impressive saves from Jonathan King in goal.
Thetford however never gave up and looked dangerous still on the counter. Declan Noone up front laid off ball for Rolfe and Smith going forward and the goal of the afternoon came when Smith picked up the ball in midfield and rounded several defenders including
the keeper to slot the ball home. Some heavy tackling from Sudbury drew several penalties including when the keeper brought down Smith as he attempted to round him. The resulting penalty stroke was put away by Smith for his hattrick. Despite another lose Thetford
will feel proud of this impressive performance with one more game at home before the festive break.
LADIES MATCH REPORT
Thetford Town Ladies 3 - 1 Broadland III's
While there were troubling periods of pressure, the home side saw off these good competitors.
Thetford put together some brilliant passes with key players like Leanne Smith and Sarah Nichols putting the ball onto the sticks of the forwards. Speedy
passing finally allowed Thetford to spear through the centre of Broadland’s defence, with a cross into the D finding Amalee Neill-Gourlay, who whipped the ball into the far left corner of the goal.
In the second half, Broadland upped the pressure.
Bethany Rolfe and Codie Reynolds were brilliant at the back. However an errant ball passing in the D was pounced on by Broadland to make it 1-1.
Ella Brimson made it 2-1 by being in the right place at the right time, calmly scoring. Then a Thetford
mid fielder lost a foot race with a Broadland player - the ball went into the D and into goal. Luckily the ball had hit an attacker’s foot so was disallowed.
Gema Gerena-Perina and Karen Hodgkinson made strong impressions along the right. It was
hard work from Gerena-Perina caused a foul. Hodgkinson easily converted the resulting short corner with a powerful strike.
Players of the match: Codie Reynolds and Amalee Neill-Gourlay.