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Sport - Football: Hunt hoping for action

Swaffham Town boss Paul Hunt is hoping his side will finally get some festive action at home to Ipswich Wanderers in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League on Saturday.

Hunt said: “There has been some more rain, but there has also been a couple of dry days too, so hopefully there won’t be a problem.

“No having a game in the last week has been a blow. You really want to be playing, but you can’t legislate for the weather.

“The players had prepared right and were really looking forward to the game at Fakenham, so to have it called off was something of an anti-climax.”

Jake Platten and Liam Reed (both knee) will both miss the game as Swaffham’s recent injury problems begin to ease.

Hunt said: “There are one or two players carrying slight knocks, but nothing serious enough to stop them playing.

“Since the number of injuries we’ve had has eased we’ve shored up and started to look really strong again.

“None of the players or youngsters who came in during our injury crisis let us down, there was just a small difference in both boxes.

“They proved that they were very close, if not up to, the standard required for this level of football and the future for the club looks really bright.”

In other fixtures, both Fakenham Town and Downham Town find themselves on their travels.

Downham Town, who hope to make a managerial appointment early in the New Year, are at Yarmouth Town, while Fakenham Town make the short trip to March Town United.

For Fakenham, Liam Somerton returns following a foot injury, while Sam Garner is suspended.

Leading scorer Ben Boyce is awaiting an MRI scan on his knee, which could be cruciate damage.

Dan Savory has retured to the club from America and has put pen-t0-paper for a few games, thanks to the hard work of Ghosts’ secretary Andrew Mitchell.

Other than Luke Plumb, who has an ankle ligament problem, Downham have a full squad available for their game.

n The only local team to get a taste of action last weekend were King’s Lynn Town Reserves, who drew 0-0 with Thorney in Division One of the Peterborough League.

Credit must go to Thorney for ensuring the game went ahead, on a day when many fell by the wayside due to heavy rain.

In the first half, Lynn took control of possession and had numerous phases of play, but lacked a cutting edge.

Ward went closest from 30 yards as Thorney’s back four demonstrated why they have one of the tightest defensive records in the league.

The second half followed much a similar pattern and, ultimately, both sides will be pleased with a point on a day when Lynn played some excellent football.

 

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