Fri 24
1st Team
Godmanchester Rovers
Thetford Town 0 Godmanchester  Rovers 5

Thetford Town 0 Godmanchester Rovers 5

By Jackie Skipp
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Thetford suffered a heavy home defeat to Godmanchester Rovers on Friday evening that saw them fail to progress to the FA Cup qualifying stage.

Thetford suffered a heavy home defeat to Godmanchester Rovers on Friday evening that saw them fail to progress to the FA Cup qualifying stage.

It was a tough night for Town, who came up against a team who showed why they finished fourth in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division last season and on this evidence will be pushing for automatic promotion in this campaign.

Thetford came into the game in good spirits, on the back of three successive home wins, with 10 goals scored but are still missing a host of their squad through a mixture of work commitments, holidays and injury.

Godmanchester started brighter and within the first quarter of a hour had gone in front, from what appeared a softly awarded penalty, finished comfortably by Joe Furness.

There was much to admire about Godmanchester attacking play. They were constantly pressing and harassing the Town defence and midfield, forcing errors and had an incision and cutting edge to their attacking play.

They added a second when Jack Chandler, a particular threat down the left hand side, was given time to strike a low shot into Town's goal.

Godmanchester were creating chances with ease and only last ditch tackles from Matt Morton and Dane Coomber-Willis prevented further damage.

Thetford best chance came in the 36th minute, Ross Bailey with a delightful cross and Andrew Wood's looping header brilliantly saved by Niall Conroy's outstretched arm.

Soon after Godmanchester had all but secured victory with a third just before the interval when Michael Hyde took advantage of a big gap at the centre of the Town defence and struck through Will Viner's legs.

Thetford started the second half brightly, with Wood being denied on a couple of occasions from close range but it was no surprise when Godmanchester added their fourth of the evening in the 52nd minute through Chandler's second of the night, a neat finish from a tight angle.

Thetford were unfortunate not to get a consolation goal from their best move of the night. A brilliantly drilled cross from Ian Fancett, was headed by Priddle into Coomber-Willis' path, but his header drifted just wide.

Godmanchester fifth came in the 75th minute after more tricky wing play from Chandler who picked out an unmarked Simon Unwin for a headed finish.

Few complaints from Thetford who showed no lack of effort but were simply outclassed on the night.

Town have the chance to maintain their fine start in the league with a home match against Clacton on Saturday, 3pm kick off.

Thetford: Viner, Stead, Morton, Coomber-Willis, Fancett, Bailey, Rocha, Priddle (Kamberov), Castro, Wood (Willis), Campbell

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Match date

Fri 24, Aug 2018