Thetford Town 1-2 Sprowston
By Darrell Allen (29/3/22)
Above: Thetford Town’s Abbie Corbyn in possession closely shadowed by a Sprowston player. Photo: Darrell Allen.
Thetford Town returned back to Mundford Road for their first home game in the Norfolk Women and Girls League since 30th January.
Sprowston were the visitors who came into the game in form following a stand-out 3-2 win at Bungay the previous Sunday.
It was the visitors who started brightest through Katie Fray’s great run-through, but Rachel Lynch, returning to the Thetford lineup after a lengthy injury lay off was there to intercept.
There were further chances for Sprowston through Oshea Winter and Keira Braithwaite but Thetford bodies were put on the line to clear the danger.
Thetford had been appealing for assistance to aid them with a goalkeeping crisis on social media. Friendly face Jess Knight was between the sticks this week and put in a highly committed and commendable shift.
A mistake in the Town defence saw Kate Morris through, but she placed her shot wide of goal as Sprowston continued to squander their early chances in the contest.
Summer Eccles making her Thetford Town debut following her transfer from Norwich City was looking lively in midfield as the hosts looked to get a foothold in the contest.
A Boulton cross came to nothing and Klimcke and Corbyn were linking well but nothing was coming off for Thetford.
Sprowston had more chances but continued to find Rachel Lynch in the way of every forward move.
Chances at both ends followed with Katie Morris looking lively for Sprowston all afternoon but Lynch defended well.
Morris continued to threaten for Sprowston but Courtney Musgrove was there at right back to hack the ball away from danger in an inspired performance in a position which is not her usual role in the team.
The half ended with Charlotte Howard firing over the bar and Rebecca White did the same with a free-kick as the two teams went in level at the break.
It was Sprowston who started the second 45 minutes liveliest and the ball was played across to Katie Morris who tapped it in to give the visitors the lead four minutes into the second half.
Sprowston almost increased their advantage but found Jess Knight coming out to make a vital intervention.
They had a further golden opportunity but Morris skied a chance and certain goal wide to miss the goal and the chance to wrap the game up.
The visitors paid the price for this profligacy when Thetford Town equalized on 73 minutes. The ball was played to captain Boulton on the right side who fired a thunderous shot into the top corner. A great move and finish to level the scores.
Just as it looked like the points were going to be shared, Sophie Rose got in behind and did well to finish into the bottom corner past the onrushing Town keeper Knight to give Sprowston the lead with just two minutes remaining.
Thetford put the pressure on in the remaining minutes in pursuit of an equalizer but a Lynch shot into the keeper’s arms was the best it got in the closing stages and Sprowston took the points home to Broadland.
This was a fully committed and determined performance from the Thetford squad against a confident Sprowston. The visitors had the best chances but good defensive displays from Lynch, Musgrove, and Knight in goal gave Thetford a chance.
Boulton’s equalizer was a thing of beauty and when you are on a poor run of results, luck is just not with you and an unfortunate 88th-minute goal saw Town get nothing for their efforts.
Sprowston continue their good form and Thetford will be looking for a confidence-boosting win when they travel to Thorpe St. Andrew on Sunday but that will be a very tough away day.
Thetford Player of the Match: Rachel Lynch.
Teams: THETFORD TOWN: Knight, Musgrove, Klimcke, Howard Bambury, Lynch, Corbyn, Eccles, White, Boulton, Rogers. Subs: Page, Bullett, Howard, Smith, Burr-Walpole.
SPROWSTON: Knight, Curtis, Whayman, Braithwaite, Graham, Copeman, Winter, Fray, Shipman, Morris, Leggett. Subs: Rose, Braithwaite