Dussindale Defeat Town

Thetford Town 0-4 Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers

By Darrell Allen (27/4/22)

Photo: Thetford Town gather on the pitch. Photo: Richard Brown.

Encouraged by recent results and performances Thetford Town welcomed third-placed Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers to Mundford Road for their latest Norfolk Women and Girls League Division One clash. 

Dussindale made a bright start to the game with some good early touches of the ball. A throw from Victoria Leyer saw Shanice Sutton in but Ellie Mae-Davies did well to clear the danger for Thetford.

Two further chances came the visitors way through Leyer who first was found from a corner and picked her shot wide of goal. She then pounced on a Thetford error but Lydia Ward in the Town goal reacted brilliantly to stop her in her tracks.

Dussindale upped the pressure, Lucy Wetherall put a ball in but it was superbly cleared by Ellie Mae-Davies. The ball was then played back on and this time Ward dealt with the danger.

Dussindale continued the ascendancy and got a deserved lead when Leyer calmly slotted past Ward to open the scoring for the visitors.

An electrifying break followed as Dussindale sensed that Thetford were vulnerable but once again Mae-Davies dealt with the danger.

The half was rounded off by a Dayna Howard break for the hosts as she tried to make something happen but without a positive conclusion and Dussindale led by a single goal at the break.

Dussindale continued the second as the first ended with lots of pressure. A Sutton cross was superbly cleared away by Rachel Lynch.

Above: Thetford Town’s Abbie Corbyn wins a header against Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers. Photo: Richard Brown.

However a mistake was then made by Lynch in the next move and Leyer was there again to slot past Ward to double hers and the visitors’ tally. 

Thetford’s best chance of the afternoon came when Abbie Corbyn fired over the bar but it really was a day when Thetford’s forward line were frustrated at their lack of time on the ball.

Dussindale continued their game of playing balls over the top, and another found Leyer who finished well for her hat trick to make the game comfortable for Dussindale.

Thetford woes increased when Chelsea Page was helped from the pitch by Town physio Amber Browne with an ankle injury that could see her out for the remainder of the season.

The fourth and final goal came late on when Ruby Wilson netted after a scramble in the box.

It was a comfortable win for Dussindale. Thetford will be frustrated about how easy the visitors were able to win the game.

It was a day to forget quickly for Thetford who will be hoping for a significantly improved performance and hopefully a positive result when they host Bungay Town in their final home game of the season on Thursday night.

Player of the match: Vicky Leyer (Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers).

Teams: THETFORD TOWN: Ward, Musgrove, Klimcke, Howard, Lynch, Mae-Davies, Corbyn, Page, Rogers, Boulton, Claughton. Substitutes: Burr-Walpole, Bambury.

DUSSINDALE & HELLESEON ROVERS: Cole, Kennett, Hunphries, Wetherall, Roe, Goodenough, Sutton, Tink, Leyer, Hutchin, Brister. Substitutes: Nobbs, Wilson, Kowalczyk, Bell.

Scorers: Leyer (3), Wilson.

Referee: Paul Gibson 

Attendance: 85

Above: Dussindale & Hellesdon Rovers’ Callista Tink (left) and Hannah Claughton of Thetford Town (right) bump fists. Photo: Richard Brown.

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