Ridgeons League preview: Cornard United send youngsters to Thetford

CHRIS Symes is ready to test the old adage that youth holds no fear when he sends his struggling Cornard United side into the lions’ den at free-scoring Thetford Town on Saturday (3pm).

Six 16-year-olds from the club’s youth team were named on the teamsheet to face Brightlingsea Regent in Friday night’s home game, which saw the basement side lead 2-0 at half-time before conceding four times after the break to lose 4-2.

But Symes saw plenty of positives from the full debuts of his fledglings Cameron Ward (who scored), Charlie Thompson, Jordan Brizitas, Harry Hornsby and Jack Tolehurst (with goalkeeper Luke Apsinall an unused substitute) to have no hesitation in giving them another outing at third-placed Thetford.

“I played five 16-year-olds and all of them were terrific and we will keep them in there,” said Symes, who has never played so many young players in a Cornard side.

He added: “They are hungrier and fresh and their parents loved it as well.”

But Cornard, who are level on points with Stowmarket who hold three games in hand on them, will have to be wary against a Thetford side who hit nine unanswered goals at Munford Road on Saturday in the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final against Norwich St Johns.

HALSTEAD TOWN moved up a place to 7th after Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Team Bury and will hope to burst into the top six with victory over 5th placed Debenham LC at Rosemary Lane on Saturday (3pm).

HADLEIGH UNITED have added young attacker Ryan Clark, from Bury Town, to their ranks, who has made four appearances for the Ryman Premier Division side this season, including one start.

Stuart Crawford’s side have a weekend off and are not in action until Saturday, March 3 when they host March Town United at the Millfield, though their ground will be buzzing a week before when they host the Suffolk FA Senior Cup semi final between Long Melford and Felixstowe United (2.15pm).