Four-some Downham Town too strong for Swaffham Town in Thurlow Nunn League derby
Downham Town 4 Swaffham Town 0
Downham Town earned a comfortable home win over Swaffham Town to move into top five of the Thurlow Nunn First Division North on Friday night.
A brace from Jacob White and goals from Danny Beaumont and Simon Bird saw the home side cruise to an easy victory without ever getting out of first gear.
The home side, who were missing seven regulars, scored three times in the opening 25 minutes in front of a bumper crowd of 250 to put the derby well beyond Swaffham's reach.
It was almost too easy for the home side at times and, despite an excellent performance, joint boss Dale Stokes felt his side were never quite at their best.
Stokes, who was unable to be on the bench because of a double hernia operation, said: "I was pleased to get another win and keep the momentum going. Performance wise, I personally didn’t feel like we ever really hit our best.
"One of the lads said it after the game that they felt we just coasted throughout, which sounds stupid when we’ve won 4-0, but I don’t disagree.
"Don’t get me wrong we had spells of dominance where we played some nice football and I can’t fault the effort that we put in, but I know the levels we can reach when we're in that comfortable position."
Stokes added: "The way we’ve controlled games recently when on top has been a joy to watch, so they’ve set that standard.
"Last night on too many occasions for me over the 90 minutes it was untidy. Obviously we knew they’d come out second half and go for it, they had to do that at 3-0 down, but we got lazy on the ball and just stopped playing.
"Once we scored our fourth we then settled down and had a spell where we created some more chances and linked up well through the thirds, but truth be told the game pretty much went dead for the last 20 minutes, which often happens.
"I was slightly frustrated with it because we didn’t make it look as professional as I would have liked at that stage. Whether we are pushing for more or just keeping the ball, we still have to do it properly.
"The goals that we did score were well worked and I’m glad Jacob grabbed a couple as he was beating himself up after last weekend."
Swaffham Town manager Johnny Alflatt was disappointed with the defeat, saying: "Silly mistakes cost us and when you go three goals down that early, especially against a side like Downham, you're in for a tough night.
"Downham are the best side we’ve played so far and I’m just disappointed we were out of the game so early.
"We now need to brush ourselves down and get ready for next Saturday."
Jack Prentice set White up for Downham's opening goal in the seventh minute before Simon Bird doubled the home side's advantage with an excellent finish.
Jake Berry went close to adding to the tally with a dipping volley while Beaumont fizzed another effort wide of the target.
Downham's third goal arrived after Jake Miller set up former Linnets striker Beaumont to turn the ball home at the near post.
Home goalkeeper Duncan McAnally had little to do over the 90 minutes but saved well from Keieran Bruce just before the break.
Midway through the second half, a stinging 25-yard shot from White found a way through a body of players and Ryan Hemmings between the Swaffham posts.
Matty Prudence saw his effort come back off the post while McAnally saved well to deny Pedlars substitute Nick Davey at the other end.
The Downham management team were before delighted with the higher-than-usual attendance for the Friday night clash.
Joint boss Craig Dickson said: "The best part of the evening was the crowd. Its not often we get more than 250 and to have everyone in the bar afterwards, gave it a real atmosphere.
"Hopefully we'll have a lot more Saturday's like that as well going forward."
Downham Town: McAnally, Miller, Berry, Watts-Sturrock, Bird, Gould, Prentice, Rawson, Beaumont, White, Prudence. Subs: Reed, Dickson, Conroy and Gadsen.
Swaffham Town: Hemmings, Clemenson, Dack, Cupit, Madigan, Fox, Roberts, Williams, Goodburn, Lambe, Bruce. Subs (all used): Lake, Mallin, Davey, Rahma, Suckling.