Darrell Allen shares his experience in words and pictures of last night’s pre-season friendly between tier eight Thetford Town and a Cambridge City Under 18 side.
Above: Cambridge City get a shot in on goal at Thetford Town last night. Photo: Darrell Allen.
Thetford Town 0-6 Cambridge City XI
A rare Friday night Norfolk Women’s Football friendly saw me make the short train journey from Norwich to Thetford and then a short walk across to Mundford Road to see tier seven Norfolk Women’s and Girls Football League Division Two side Thetford Town host a Cambridge City XI in a pre-season friendly.
It was all set for a memorable occasion under the lights and the crowd came in good numbers ahead of the 7.30pm kick off with around 50-60 in attendance which I thought was very impressive.
Thetford Town as a whole club made a big effort to make the occasion enjoyable by opening up their new modern clubhouse for the evening with friendly staff on duty making it a warm and welcoming experience.
I was also delighted that Thetford Town manager David Skipp found me before kick off to give me a hand written Thetford team sheet complete with squad numbers and then even came back closer to kick off to give amendments to me. Cambridge City’s squad was mostly made up of U18’s and I totally respect their wishes to have no names published.
In terms of the game itself the first Cambridge City were the dominant force during the first half period, Number six opening the scoring after around five minutes with a fantastic chip across the keeper from the right of the area and could have added a second but it went wide two minutes later from a cross.
It wasn’t long until the lead was doubled thanks to number seven for Cambridge City with a lovely run and finish from the left hand side. City tried to force more chances but found Thetford’s rock Chloe Webb in the way who executed some unbelievable clearances to keep Thetford in the game.
Dana Howard and Rachel Lynch were also noticeable performers for Thetford, especially Lynch who tried to make things happen with her long Rory Delap style throw ins.
Before half time, number six and number seven for Cambridge City completed their braces. City’s third goal was a lovely finish from number seven before number six scored direct from a corner.
Thetford keeper Lydia Ward made some great saves to deny the visitors and Chelsea Page had an effort for the hosts, but the through ball was headed away. Page looked lively all evening and did her very best to make things happen.
Half Time – Thetford Town 0-4 Cambridge City XI.
The second half saw a much more improved Thetford Town performance and manager David Skipp will be sure to be happy with how much more stronger they looked and assured at the back after switching to four at the back.
Cambridge made it five with number six completing her hat trick with a shot that went in off the bar. Cambridge City’s number 16 had three shots in quick succession that were all dealt with superbly well by Ward.
The evening was completed when number 16 scored a terrific free kick to round off the scoring. Thank you to both teams for the friendly welcome on the evening and good luck for your season ahead.
Teams: THETFORD TOWN: 1: Lydia Ward, 2: Saysha Levy-Twomey, 3: Rachel lynch, 4: Chloe Webb, 9: Becky White, 10: Chelsea Page, 16: Charlotte Howard, 12: Sophie Burr-Walpole, 15: Mia Bambury, 14: Jess Knight, Subs: 8: Emily Bullott, 3: Ellie-Mae Davis and 7: Shannon Richardson.
CAMBRIDGE CITY XI: An U18 squad so respected wishes of club and did not publish names.