Swaffham Town 0
Thetford Town 2
Mixed fortunes for Swaffham Town this week, with both Thurlow Nunn, Eastern Counties teams in action.
The Pedlars Under 18’s opened up their campaign on Thursday evening with a confident 6-1 win over local rivals Fakenham Town. Sam Carter and Jake Slender both came away with a brace, Jordan Davies and Matthew Blackford balancing the books.
Fortune changed on Friday night in the Pedlars’ first home game of the season, the local derby with Thetford Town. Missing captain Mikey Thompson, Dwayne Hockton and Luis Duarte through injury and Jack and Charlie Defty on wedding duty, a young Pedlars squad didn’t disgrace themselves and played the more refined football.
Thetford started both halves strongly and gained the advantage eight minutes into the first and then in the opening minute of the second half. Swaffham threatened throughout, but were unable to break down the defence.
Further change of fortune came on Saturday afternoon, as the Reserves played their final pre-season friendly against a well matched Soham Town Reserves. Swaffham came off best with an impressive 4-0 victory, George Hutton scoring two, still recovering from jet-lag following his return to England on Friday evening. Aaron Watson performed an impressive penalty save in the first half.
The first team travel to Kirkley & Pakefield and the U18’s to Aylsham. Both games are on Wednesday and kick off at 7.45pm. The Reserves start their 2016/2017 campaign this Saturday away to Redgate Rangers, 2.30pm.
Fellow Premier Division side Fakenham Town lost at Felixstowe & Walton United 2-0 (attendance: 87).
Fakenham are 10th, Swaffham 16th.
First Division: Coggeshall Town 2 Downham Town 0 (att: 82); King’s Lynn Town Res 8 Needham Market R 2 (att: 130).
Lynn Res in ninth spot, Dow 13th.
King’s Lynn Res 8 v Needham Market Res 2
Lynn Res made one change from the side that beat Team Bury 2-1 midweek, Danny Setchell came in for Robbie Palmer who was away on Holiday. Lynn opened the scoring on 5 minutes when Eoin Mcquaid chipped the goalkeeper from close range. Needham Market then bought a couple of saves from Brad Stewart but they deservedly equalised on 25 minutes scoring after some poor defending. Needham continued to dominate the Res midfield and could have gone into the break ahead.
Lynn started the second half well with chance from Frohawk and Harnwell, Lynn then took the lead when Nathan Howard turned the Needham defender and volleyed home to make it 2-1.
Further goals from Daw, Howard (3) Harwell, Frohawk &Baxter Hunt continued the rout as the reserve side look like a different outfit in the second half. Needham got another goal late on after a mistake by the Lynn goalie.
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Photos by Eddie Deane:
120816 STFC 1 : Centre back, Danny Tindall with an effort from distance
120816 STFC 2 : Captain for the evening, Alex Vincent on a drive
120816 STFC 3 : Ben Champion heavily marked, rising to the challenge