Thurlow Nunn League
Fakenham Town 3
Long Melford 1
Scorers Matty Dye, Sam Garner and Kyle Plumb lifted the Ghosts off the bottom of the table.
Garner curled in the first goal, a lovely effort over the ’keeper after seven minutes, then 10 minutes later Dye scored direct from a corner as the Ghosts were coping better with the windy conditions than their opponents.
In the second half Fakenham kicked into the wind leading 2-0. Plumb fired home after a horrendous mistake by the Long Melford goalkeeper.
A goal for the visitors with 17 minutes left was too little, too late.
Swaffham Town 1
Mildenhall Town 1
The Pedlars earned a well deserved point in an improved performance and encouragement for the run up to Christmas, writes Harry Cottenden.
The wind provided a spoiler to the game, not particularly an advantage to either side.
Both sides had few opportunities on goal within the first half which saw Joe Jackson come close, seeing his shot saved from just inside the penalty area. It was Mildenhall who broke the deadlock with 41 minutes played, Dean Mayes with the initial save but the goal conceded following a rebounded effort at his near post.
During the second half both sides went close with Mayes called into action to make some terrific saves. One was of note on the hour mark, low to his right to deny Mildenhall’s centre forward.
Then came the Swaffham Town equaliser. Alex Vincent played the ball across the face of goal following a darting run through the midfield and was in on the defence then Jackson hit the shot which rebounded into the feet of new signing, Luis Duarte who dispatched his shot high into the roof of the net at Shoemakers Lane.
With the goal coming in the 81st minute, the momentum was with the Pedlars and they almost took the lead following a corner by Alex Vincent which got tipped away by the keeper.
New Pedlar and goalscorer Duarte said: “It felt very good to open my account with the club. I feel as a team we can finish mid-table or just higher in this league this season.
“I feel I made the move to Swaffham at the right time in my career as I’m getting much more time on the pitch now than before and the standard of football is very similar to what I have played in the past.”
Man of the match: Swaffham keeper Dean Mayes – he controlled his area well during the game and pulled off a handful of very good saves.
A great win for the Under 18’s on Thursday, 2-1 at home to Horsford, Ahmed Rhaouti and Matthew Blackford on target for the Pedlars. On Thursday they have a repeat fixture but away at Holt.
Their final fixture before Christmas will be away to Fakenham on Monday, December 14.
Needham Market 5
Downham Town 1
Downham Town crashed at basement side Needham Market in new manager Lewis Thompson’s first Division One game in charge.
The result leaves Downham Town in 16th place.