Thetford Town not down and out as Thurlow Nunn League look set to offer relegation reprieve

Thetford, maroon, in action against King's Lynn Town in the Norfolk Senior Cup last season. Picture:

Thetford, maroon, in action against King's Lynn Town in the Norfolk Senior Cup last season. Picture: Ian Burt. - Credit: IAN BURT

Thetford Town look set to be given a relegation reprieve by the Thurlow Nunn League.

The Eastern Daily Press understands that the Brecklanders will be given a Premier Division lifeline at the organisation's annual general meeting tomorrow.

Town finished in the bottom three last season and looked destined for an immediate return to the First Division. But with champions Dereham Town, and United Counties League bound Wisbech Town and Godmanchester Rovers all heading out of the top-flight, Mark Scott's men need to stay up to boost dwindling numbers.

Their cause has also been helped by Division One winners Cambridge University Press not taking promotion due to no longer groundsharing with Histon.

Scott said he was also '98pc sure' that Thetford would begin 2013-14 in the Premier Division.

The Thetford boss, who is staying on next term, said: 'I don't feel I had a fair crack at being a Premier Division manager with all the comings and goings and now I, and the club, want to prove ourselves as a Premier Division side and get some consistency.'

In other news, the club are withdrawing their under-18s side next season, but reinstating its reserve team.

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