Swaffham Town exit FA Vase

Jack Defty rises to the challenge as Pedlar goal-scorer Luke Reed looks on.  Eddie Deane
Jack Defty rises to the challenge as Pedlar goal-scorer Luke Reed looks on. Eddie Deane
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The weekend’s results mean King’s Lynn Town are the only West Norfolk team left in the FA competitions following a Halloween Vase exit for Swaffham Town.

The Pedlars lost 2-1 at home to Broxbourne Borough in their FA Vase encounter on Saturday, writes Harry Cottenden.

Both sides were looking for a treat and trying to avoid a trick with a result that could lead them one step closer to the final at Wembley Stadium.

The best chance for an early lead for the hosts fell to the advancing Finlay Bloodworth who just saw his goalbound shot deflect wide for a corner.

Alex Vincent’s efforts resulted in some good saves or were denied by the woodwork. The deadlock was finally broken when Pedlars midfielder Luke Reed struck home following a steady build up and he coolly fired into the bottom left hand corner on 37 minutes.

Just five minutes later Vincent hit a swooping cross from the left and picked out experienced forward Jack Defty, who saw his leaping header hammer off the crossbar.

During the second half Swaffham couldn’t convert their chances. This saw Broxbourne find an equaliser following a superb strike from their advancing forward who half-volleyed from 11 yards past keeper Jordan Bell, who had kept the opposition at bay up to this point.

Broxbourne bagged the winner three minutes later, a potential off-side decision not being given, with a chip from 20 yards and a late run from a midfielder who applied the final touch.

Tom McCarthy saw his effort ruled out for offside while Vincent’s shot from 11 yards hit the inside of the post and was cleared for a throw-in.