Cornard thrashed at home as buyout falls through

Action from Cornard United v Thetford Town
Action from Cornard United v Thetford Town

RIDGEONS LEAGUE

FIRST DIVISION

Cornard United 0

Thetford Town 5

CORNARD United owner Chris Symes has refused to walk away from the club, despite the latest takeover bid falling through.

Symes is keen to sell the Ridgeons League First Division outfit, who he says may be struggling on the field, but are debt-free off it.

But a deal with a consortium – led by a mystery former England international – has broken down, leaving Symes still searching for a buyer.

“I’m not about to walk away for nothing because I have put £50,000 into this club, plus I still enjoy it,” he said. “But it is a football club being run on my pension pretty much.”

Cornard’s latest on-the-field problems saw them trounced 5-0 by leaders Thetford Town, who barely had to get out of neutral to win the game.

Only goalkeeper Barry Lynn starred, while isolated striker Scott Yearling showed some nice touches in attack, but had little in the way of support.

Steve Haley and Matt Howard put Thetford in control before the game’s only real moment of quality saw Harley backheel the ball into the path of Matt Dixon, who scored the first goal of his hat-trick with a delightful left-footed lob from the left-hand edge of the penalty area.

Cornard man-of-the-match Lynn excelled throughout to stop the Brecklanders adding to the five goals they scored.

He made a terrific double stop from Dixon and Stephen Davies in the first half before showing lightening reactions after half-time to keep out close-range efforts from Bruno Tavares and Aaron Piggott, as well as making a number of other good stops.

The home side’s afternoon was further soured in the closing stages when Ben Warren was red carded for violent conduct following a needless squabble between the two sides.

Cornard: Lynn, Pannell, Spurway, B Warren, Wamner, Barber, A Warren, Barnes, Yearling, Wood, Beckett. Subs not used: Russell, Lee, Melia.

n Cornard United host Stowmarket Town in a battle of the bottom two on Saturday (3pm).

Elsewhere in the First Division, Long Melford visit Cambridge University Press on Saturday (3pm) as they warm up for their Suffolk Senior Cup final with Whitton United on Wednesday (7pm).

Hadleigh United host relegated Newmarket Town in the Premier Division on Saturday (3pm).