Pedlars come back twice to draw level

080815 STFC 1 -  Nick Castellan in aerial action

080815 STFC 1 - Nick Castellan in aerial action

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Swaffham Tn 2 FC Clacton 2

Despite being behind twice in the game, Swaffham Town opened their Thurlow Nunn League Premier campaign with a great performance and on hindsight should have taken all three points.

The visitors started at break-neck speed, unnerving the young Pedlars side, and getting their first goal after 10 minutes. Joe Jackson restored the balance just seven minutes later with a great strike from the right hand side, across the keeper.

Clacton re-took the lead with a header two minutes later, keeper Lee Brooks mis-judging a deep cross.

In the second half, opportunities opened up as the Clacton defence struggled with the pace of the Pedlars strikeforce. The Swaffham equaliser came in the 64th minute, Alex Vincent converting a free-kick awarded 25 yards out into the top right hand corner, the keeper not standing a chance.

They are at Kirkley and Pakefield tonight before Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup derby against Thetford. Many thanks to the George Hotel for their generous sponsorship of refreshments after the game.

Fakenham Town lost at Stanway Rovers by a solitary goal.

King’s Lynn Town Reserves hope to continue their excellent start to the season when they travel to Ely City tonight.

Ely City finished bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division last season.

The Robins, managed by former Lynn defender Brady Stone, have kept all of last season’s squad and have made five new signings.

Cornard 0 Downham T 1

Downham Town ended their early-season hoodoo with a rare victory at Cornard United on the opening day of the new Thurlow Nunn Division One campaign.

Town had to battle hard against the talented and industrious Suffolk-based outfit in their opener.

A 75th minute strike from substitute Mark Smith sealed the points for Town in a pleasing display from the men in red in the August sunshine.

Downham assistant boss Lewy Thompson said: “It was a fantastic way to start the new season. We had several players missing so it was great to grind out a result in a game which we would have probably lost last season.

“Our character is starting to shine through and we now have the belief that we can go out and win football matches.”

Lynn Res 6 Team Bury 0

Lynn Reserves ran out convincing winners against Team Bury, avenging last season’s single-goal defeat.

Robbie Palmer scored after just two minutes and added a second on the hour.

Further goals came from recent signing Dylan Edge (64, 75), Danny Setchell (89) and Alan Burch (90).