Seasiders 2 Thetford 1

Thurlow Nunn League

Premier Division

Saturday 13th January 2018

Many have said in the last couple of months that we are incredibly lucky to be where we are at this time of the season, to which my reply is always the same, “Don’t talk rubbish!”

It’s not luck that over the last four seasons we have had a manager (now joint) that has built the basis of a squad, added to it season on season and got that squad playing to a system no matter who the actual personel are. It’s not luck that we have fantastic sponsors willing to support the club both on and off the field. It’s not luck that we have a superb group of people running the off field activities and most of all it’s not luck that we have a fantastic bunch of supporters who turn out in all weathers to support the side… 310 again on Saturday, making us the 3rd best supported club in Suffolk, behind Ipswich Town and Lowestoft Town, that’s step 2 thru 9 to step 10, or in non league terms, step 1 to step 6.

We have had the rub of the green on a few occasions, this game being one of them, battled it out against sides determined to lower our colours, beat some sides quite comfortably and lost to others when it was felt we should have won, but that’s football, and this win was as big as any we have had this season.

The icing on the cake, of course, being scoring a match winning goal with virtually the last kick of the game!

The Game

Another excellent match report from Chris Ryan.

Miles Powell claimed the points for the Seasiders deep into injury time with a rare moment of quality in a hard fought game. Max Melanson had opened the scoring from the penalty spot for the visitors on seventeen minutes with Powell replying for the home side, also with a penalty kick, to take the sides into the interval all square. A flying save from Viner in the Thetford goal to deny Chaplin with three minutes remaining looked to have secured a point for the visitors before Powell's late strike.

New signing Regan Pelling, making his home debut, made an early impression with Will Viner safely behind a shot from the edge of the area and Scott Chaplin close to converting Pelling's cross in the opening minutes. Powell shot wide from twelve yards and Viner saved from Chaplin as Felixstowe made the early running before Thetford took the lead through Max Melanson from the penalty spot after Davis had been adjudged to have handled the ball as he blocked Wood's fierce shot. 

On the half hour, Powell had the ball in the net Thetford net, after Kye Ruel's initial shot had struck a post but was denied by an offside flag. Powell was not to be denied two minutes before the break from the penalty spot after Chaplin had been brought down by Thetford Captain Sam Bond.

Crump saved well from Bailey as Thetford started the second half on the attack as a fast paced game, with no quarter asked or given, flowed end to end but without either keeper seriously threatened until Viner produced an excellent save to deny Chaplin's shot, which was heading for the top corner.

The game looked to be heading towards a tame draw as the clock ticked over the 90 minute mark, and in the fifth minute of time added on Powell received the ball on the edge of the visitors’ area, and keeping a cool head lifted the ball over Will Viner and into the vacant Thetford net to snatch all three points.

With Coggeshall losing at home to Brantham, it meant Stowmarket, big winners at home to Fakenham, climbed above them into second spot, while Brantham moved to within one point of the seedgrowers having played two games more. It means the Seasiders are now 19 points clear of Stowmarket and 20 points clear of Coggeshall who have five games in hand, which of course they have to win to get within five points of the Seasiders.