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Thetford Town
Ipswich Wanderers
R Priddle (31')
Full time
Sat 10 Feb 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties - Premier Division Attendance 70

Missed chances cost Thetford Victory


Thetford Town 1 - 1 Ipswich Wanderers

Thetford will see this as 2 points dropped, rather than the one they gained. A game they dominated but failed to convert numerous clear-cut chances and were ultimately pinned back by Ipswich Wanderers.
Town would have been confident of following up Tuesday night's 5-1 league cup quarter-final win over Godmanchester with 3 points. Ipswich Wanderers have had a difficult season. With 4 teams likely to be relegated from the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division this season, they came into the game 14 points clear of safety.
Thetford suffered an early blow, after just 13 minutes influential midfielder Max Melanson limped off with an injury to his upper leg. Fortunately the home team were able to call on the returning Ross Bailey as his replacement. The diminutive midfielder was soon able to exert his influence on the game, a fine pass releasing Robbie Priddle who had his low shot saved by Jack Spurling.
Thetford midfield's 3 dominated. Valter Rocha, Danny White and Bailey were able to control the tempo and carve out chances.
Two more opportunities were spurned by Priddle but with his fine goalscoring record it was only a matter of time before he found the net. In the 31st minutes, Ben Anderson broke down the right, accelerating passed the trailing defender before his pinpoint cross was turned in by Priddle from 8 yards.
The visitors offered little going forward, one effort troubling the corner flag more than the Thetford goal. The first time Town goalkeeper Will Viner was called into action was first half injury time when Marcus Taylor's powerful low shot along the wet surface needed to be pushed away.
The Brecklanders domination of midfield continued into the second half. The visitors could not handle the pace and trickery of Ben Anderson. In this form he is Thetford's most eye-catching player and it took a fingertip save from Spurling pushing the ball onto the crossbar to deny him.
While Thetford's lead remained at just a solitary goal there was always the danger of a rare Wanderers attack bring parity to the scoreline. And so it proved. In the 71st minute Ashley Rankin found space between 2 Thetford defenders to head home from 6 yards out.
Thetford pushed hard for a winner, but a mixture of poor finishing, solid goalkeeping, and Ipswich's willingness to put bodies on the line prevented them. The best chance fell to Rocha, a sharp turn 8 yards out left him with the goal at his mercy, but the finish didn't match the piece of skill.

Key moments

Goal Robbie Priddle scores for Thetford Town


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70:00 Sub Off
Alex McIntosh is substituted off for Thetford Town
70:00 Sub On
Alex Snow is substituted on for Thetford Town
55:00 Sub Off
Quevin Castro is substituted off for Thetford Town
55:00 Sub On
Andrew Wood is substituted on for Thetford Town
End of period 1
31:00 Goal 1 - 0
Robbie Priddle scores for Thetford Town
22:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Clarke is yellow carded for Thetford Town
13:00 Sub Off
Max Melanson is substituted off for Thetford Town
13:00 Sub On
Ross Bailey is substituted on for Thetford Town
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As it happened

  • Thetford Town
  • Ipswich Wanderers
  • 0
  • Max Melanson Sub Off 13:00'
  • Ross Bailey Sub On 13:00'
  • Nathan Clarke Yellow Card 22:00'
  • Robbie Priddle Goal 31:00'
  • Quevin Castro Sub Off 55:00'
  • Andrew Wood Sub On 55:00'
  • Alex McIntosh Sub Off 70:00'
  • Alex Snow Sub On 70:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
10. Kirkley & Pakefield 45 68
11. Saffron Walden Town 46 67
12. Thetford Town 46 66
13. Wroxham 46 66
14. Ely City 46 63
15. Great Yarmouth Town 46 59
16. Long Melford 46 59

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