White sees some positives despite Thetford’s exit from FA Vase

Thetford manager Danny White, right. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Thetford manager Danny White, right. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

Thetford Town boss Danny White took some positives out of defeat from the FA Vase.

White saw his side go 2-0 down inside 16 minutes, effectively killing off the tie against opponents strongly tipped to make it out of the second round.

But the Brecklanders upped their game after the break, and while Wisbech scored two more goals, White was happy to see more fight from his players.

'I saw that we can compete with a side of very good individual and collective players,' said White a former Wisbech player who also played under his opposite number on Saturday, Gary Setchell, for King's Lynn.

'I thought we had a good go second half. I thought we had a couple of good chances. We always knew it was going to be really tough, but I am quite proud of their second-half performance and it is just fine margins at the moment, with decisions going against us.

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'To be honest I was a little bit disappointed with our lads' fight first half. I thought we gave them a little too much respect in midfield especially and second half I thought that changed slightly.'

Whilst White – whose team are 17th in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division – acknowledged it would always be a full-blooded game, he was a reluctant critic of the match officials, insisting that Jordan Yong and Danny Setchell could both have been sent off – although he disagreed with Josh Ford's dismissal for a foul on Tanner Call which led to Thetford's goal from the penalty spot.

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'I think Jordan Yong could have walked, and Yongey is a really good mate of mine, but it was a poor challenge and I think Danny Setchell shouldn't be on the pitch because he has jumped in twice,' White said.

'These decisions are key in games and they can cost you.

'I am not saying we would have won the game, by all means, but they are big decisions and I thought the ref got it completely wrong.

'It was always going to be full-blooded. Setch said it before the game. He knows how I used to play, he knows I would have my boys up for it, and I knew his boys would be up for it.

'As long as it is competitive there are no issues.'

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