Thorpe St. Andrew 0-6 Thetford Town
By Darrell Allen (6/4/22)
Above: Thetford Town’s player of the match Hannah Rogers, who scored one and made three of her team’s goals at Thorpe St. Andrew. Photo: Hannah Parnell.
Sir George Morse Park on Laundry Lane was the venue for the Norfolk Women and Girls Division One encounter between Thorpe St. Andrew and Thetford Town.
On a bobbly parkland surface, the early exchanges were even. However, Thetford then began to take the upper hand in the match. Abbie Corbyn was dancing down the wing and played in Hannah Rogers who fired a great shot across Helen Crook in the Thorpe St Andrew goal.
Summer Eccles on only her second Thetford start then made a great driving run but was denied in her tracks by a wonderful tackle by Natasha Frankland. This tackle inserted some belief and energy into Thorpe St. Andrew and they looked hungry to try and cause Thetford problems down the right-hand side where they were aiming most of their balls but they found Thetford’s Emily Bullett in the way who was doing some sterling defensive work.
Thorpe had a glorious chance when Sarah Rooke took the ball off Rachel Lynch but fired it at Thetford keeper Lydia Ward.
Thetford continued to threaten with Boulton, Eccles, and Corbyn prominent. Yet they didn’t have it all their own way as Nichols played in Emily Warnes who skied it over the bar as Thorpe continued to be wasteful and probably should have had the lead.
Thorpe continued their pressing and made the first half very difficult for Town. The opening 45 ended goalless with Thorpe St. Andrew manager Tony Allen the happier of the two bosses at the interval.
The second half began with Abbie Corbyn having a shot against the post as Thetford pressure worried the Thorpe St. Andrew defence.
Thetford took the lead just after the hour mark as Hannah Rogers headed in from a delightful Becky White corner. Eight minutes later it was Becky White who doubled their advantage from distance and Thetford had control of the game.
The confidence and belief was there and David Skipp’s team then began to get into their stride and play the wonderful football which has achieved so much success this season. A Hannah Rogers corner was then knocked in by Chelsea Page off the stomach to make it 3-0.
Sophie Burr-Walpole was delighted to add the fourth which was a great finish after another fabulous Rogers assist.
The fifth Thetford goal was thing of beauty. A wonderful precision pass from captain Melissa Boulton carved open the Thorpe St. Andrew defence and Becky White was there for her second of the afternoon and finished spectacularly over Crook in the Thorpe goal.
Boulton rounded off the afternoon’s scoring with a spectacular sixth from distance to claim a brilliant away success.
This was a wonderful win and clean sheet for Thetford after a tough recent run, six second-half goals that saw David Skipp’s team claim a much-needed three points which will hopefully breed confidence for the games ahead. Hannah Rogers took this week’s Thetford player of the match award after stats of with one goal and three assists.
Teams: THORPE ST. ANDREW: Crook, Woodhouse, Mileham, Langley, Frankland, Rooke, Warnes, Nichols, Probert, Rumney, Musson, Substitutes: Saw, Boucher, Jackson, Gibbs, Gavin.
THETFORD TOWN: Ward, Skipp, Bullett, Howard, Lynch, Klimcke, Eccles, Claughton, Rogers, Boulton, Corbyn. Substitutes Lloyd, Burr-Walpole, White, Page.
Scorers: Rogers, White (2), Page, Burr-Walpole, Boulton.