Cup joy for Dickleburgh
Dickleburgh were celebrating this week after beating Thetford Athletic in the Chequered Flag Primary League Cup Final 3-2.Manager Jamie Scales said: “I'm very proud of the boys, nobody expected us to win today but we knew if we stuck to our formation and gave everything we would have a good chance.
Dickleburgh were celebrating this week after beating Thetford Athletic in the Chequered Flag Primary League Cup Final 3-2.
Manager Jamie Scales said: “I'm very proud of the boys, nobody expected us to win today but we knew if we stuck to our formation and gave everything we would have a good chance.
“It has been a fantastic season for us and we have done much more than anyone expected us to do and the team should be very proud of their achievements.”
Dickleburgh went into this cup final against a Thetford side that had claimed successive league titles and were on course to win another this season.
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The game started with Thetford enjoying the majority of possession and passing the ball around well with Dickleburgh looking a bit nervous on the big night.
Dickleburgh started to get to grips with the game and their formation was beginning to frustrate Thetford.
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With 20 minutes gone Dickleburgh took the lead when a shot from Tim Courridge was well saved by the Thetford keeper but Joe Hanner was on hand to expertly head the ball into the net to make it 1-0.
This rocked Thetford and the midfield trio of Tim Courridge, Max Lock and Tom Dade started to enjoy lots of the ball. They nearly doubled the lead when Joe Hanner unleashed a 40 yard thunderbolt with cannoned back off the crossbar.
With 30 minutes gone Dickleburgh did double their lead when a long ball from Chris Saunders was latched upon by Hanner who raced through and smashed the ball into the bottom corner for his second of the game and to make the score 2-0.
Dickleburgh knew that if they could get to half time with the scores the same it would set them well for the match.
On the stroke of half time Thetford had their best chance of the game when their dangerous midfielder broke clean through on goal but smashed the ball over the bar to leave the half-time score at 2-0.
Dickleburgh knew that Thetford would come out all guns blazing and the Dickleburgh defence of Chris Saunders, Ben Wilby, Ryan Halil and Daniel Kerry had to stand strong if they wanted a chance of lifting the cup.
Thetford were enjoying the majority of the possession but were only troubling keeper Shane Farow with shots from distance.
Dickleburgh almost put the game out of reach when a corner from Dave Atkinson rebounded off a post and Ben Wilby headed over from six yards.
Then, with 25 minutes to go, Dickleburgh did score a third.
It came when Max Lock found David Atkinson 30 yards from goal and he took a touch before firing the ball towards goal and his shot was spilled by the keeper into the bottom corner to make the score 3-0.
Dickleburgh knew that if they could just keep their heads they would surely lift the cup. With 18 minutes to go Thetford got a goal back when Dan Fowler's shot hit a post but the striker was on hand to score the rebound to make the score 3-1.
Almost straight from the kick-off Thetford had another chance when Dan Fowler was out through on goal but this time he was denied by a fantastic save from Shane Farrow.
Thetford were pushing forward and leaving space at the back and Dickleburgh were unlucky to pick them off on the counter attack with Terry Mintchel looking dangerous down the right.
With two minutes to go Thetford were awarded a penalty when substitute Daniel Philpot fouled in the area. Mark Fowler stepped up ad smashed the ball into the bottom corner to make it 3-2.
Dickleburgh held on for the final two minutes to record a fantastic win.
MoM: Ryan Halil for a magnificent performance at centre back.