Call-off frustration for Thetford
With all the Ridgeons Division One fixtures put on ice yet again on Saturday, it is a particularly frustrating time for mid-table Thetford Town.The last time they played, way back on Tuesday December 29, they held leaders Great Yarmouth to a draw.
With all the Ridgeons Division One fixtures put on ice yet again on Saturday, it is a particularly frustrating time for mid-table Thetford Town.
The last time they played, way back on Tuesday December 29, they held leaders Great Yarmouth to a draw.
But since then they haven't been able to build on that great result as their game against Diss last weekend and Saturday's scheduled home game with Downham were both postponed - and they have not been able to train.
Thetford boss Mark Scott said: “From our point of view, it's very frustrating and disappointing for us. It's frustrating for every team but once you have had a bit of a run and have a good result you want to get that continuity.”
“We haven't got indoor facilities so we haven't been able to train which has been a bit of a nightmare.
“We are hoping to secure some facilities this week so we can get to do something!” he added.
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Originally scheduled to have a blank week on Saturday, Thetford will now host (weather willing) Halstead in a rearranged fixture. The visitors are in sixth place, five places higher.
Scott said: “On paper it looks a very tough game and we could have done with playing the other games first but the lads are desperate to play so we have to take what we can get. Ideally, we want to get the lads training this week.”
He said that fitness might be an issue after such a long break but felt “everybody's in the same boat so we'll see what happens”.
He was very proud of his side for drawing with leaders Yarmouth: “It was a difficult game but the character of the lads and the camaraderie is fantastic. They did well, they defended fantastically and tried to hit them on the counter attack.”
Thetford are clearly capable of giving any side in the division a run for their money, as shown by not only the Yarmouth result but also drawing with then leaders Clacton earlier in the season.
Another club voicing frustration this week was Thetford's near neighbours Swaffham Town.
Secretary Ray Ewart said: “The novelty [of the snow] has worn off. We have now exceeded a calendar month since our last fixture at any level or league. Training has been compromised and the severe weather has increased the burdon of upkeep of the facilities on the club committee. Realistically, the forecast for the next week puts doubt into fixtures taking place this weekend.
“We are all looking forward to a thaw but ironically too slow and the ground remains frozen, too fast and we face waterlogged pitches!
“Rearrangement of matches will inevitably increase mid-week fixtures adding to stresses and strains to ensure getting a full squad available to play, as well as the potential increase in injury with reduced recovery opportunity between games.”
One event which will definitely take place is the club's evening with Bryan Gunn at the Conservative Club on January 29. Tickets available from Paul Annakin at the Conservative Club.