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1st Team - Match centre

Newmarket Town
Thetford Town
Full time
A Wood (5'), V Rocha (36')
Sat 10 Mar 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties - Premier Division

Newmarket 2-2 Thetford


Thetford share spoils with Newmarket in entertaining clash

A competitive, closely fought game in which Thetford twice led only for the hosts to hit backhand give both sides a deserved point.
With Newmarket in 11th place in the table just 4 points and 2 league places above the Brecklanders it was no surprise that there was very little between the sides, who produced a throughly watchable game.
Andrew Wood gave Thetford a perfect start within the first 6 minutes. A long free kick from Town goalkeeper Will miner was expertly brought down by Wood and his powerful low shot was too much for Newmarket 'keeper Alex Archer to handle.
It was a lively first half, played in bright sunshine with both teams enjoying the perfect surface provided by the artificial 3G pitch. Newmarket drew level when Stephen Springs delivered a cross with power and accuracy from the right hand side perfectly picking out Lewis Whitehead, who finished with aplomb, giving Viner little chance.
Thetford regained their lead with Wood again showing his technical ability to control a high ball and release Valter Rocha, who returned the pass. Wood's deflected shot from just inside the penalty area looped over Archer in the Newmarket goal.
The second half continued in much the same vein as the first with Thetford seeking to add more comfort to their lead and Newmarket searching for a leveller. It lead to an open, end-to-end game with both teams carving out opportunities.
Midway through the second half the home side equalised. A corner delivered with venom was powerfully headed home by an unmarked Leo Antoine, who had signed for The Jockeys the previous day.
Thetford came close to regaining their lead when a free kick from Max Melanson was delivered over the Newmarket wall but struck the bottom of the post.
Newmarket nearly won the game at the death, a curling effort from Whitehead required Viner to be at his best to push the ball behind for a corner. It would have been harsh on Thetford.

Key moments

Goal Andrew Wood scores for Thetford Town
Goal Volter Rocha scores for Thetford Town


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85:00 Sub Off
Volter Rocha is substituted off for Thetford Town
85:00 Sub On
Quevin Castro is substituted on for Thetford Town
83:00 Yellow Card
Volter Rocha is yellow carded for Thetford Town
67:00 Sub Off
Andrew Wood is substituted off for Thetford Town
67:00 Sub On
Ross Bailey is substituted on for Thetford Town
55:00 Sub Off
Ben Anderson is substituted off for Thetford Town
55:00 Sub On
Bradley Sandall is substituted on for Thetford Town
53:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Sanders is yellow carded for Thetford Town
End of period 1
36:00 Goal 0 - 2
Volter Rocha scores for Thetford Town
5:00 Goal 0 - 1
Andrew Wood scores for Thetford Town
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As it happened

  • Newmarket Town
  • Thetford Town
  • 0
  • Andrew Wood Goal 5:00'
  • Volter Rocha Goal 36:00'
  • Ryan Sanders Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Ben Anderson Sub Off 55:00'
  • Bradley Sandall Sub On 55:00'
  • Andrew Wood Sub Off 67:00'
  • Ross Bailey Sub On 67:00'
  • Volter Rocha Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Volter Rocha Sub Off 85:00'
  • Quevin Castro Sub On 85:00'

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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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