Pedlars face top of table clash

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Swaffham Town will be looking to strength their push for promotion to the Thurlow Nunn Premier this weekend, when they welcome promotion rivals Halstead Town to Shoemakers Lane, kick-off 3pm, writes Ed Colman.

The Rosemary Lane outfit travel to Norfolk looking to bounce back from a disappointing 3-0 defeat at home to Great Yarmouth Town last weekend which left the Humbugs seven points behind the Pedlars. Despite starting the season strongly and signalling ambition for promotion, the Essex side have struggled of late.

Paul Hunt’s side are six points off top spot in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division in fourth place in the table but have four games in hand on third-place March Town United and two on second-place Long Melford.

n As for Downham, Bob Warby’s men play host to basement side Woodbridge Town this weekend and will be looking to stretch their unbeaten run to four league matches and victory for the Memorial Field side could see them rise to tenth place in the table, dependent on other results.

n Fakenham Town will look to kick off another good run tomorrow when they host Ely City (3pm).

Wayne Anderson’s men had been on a six-game unbeaten sequence before last weekend’s defeat at Mildenhall Town.

But they remain sixth in the table after 20 games and will have their eyes on regaining their momentum against the second-bottom Cambridgeshire side.

Manager Anderson said: “We know the lads will bounce back and won’t go on a run of losing five or six games and worrying about our position.

“I’m sure we will be picking up the points and against Ely there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be looking for the win.

“The lads know they were under par against Mildenhall but they will have it out of their system and we will go again on Saturday as we know what they are capable of.

“That has shown in the last few weeks and we are in a very good position in the table.”

Fakenham will welcome back winger Sam Garner, who missed the Mildenhall defeat due to a one-match ban, but defenders Lee Day (unavailable) and Matty Dye (ankle) are still out, as is striker Kyle Plumb (foot).

The Ghosts have no game on Boxing Day but are in action on December 27 at home to table-topping Norwich United (3pm).