Jackson nets brace as Swaffham Town triumph

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Thurlow Nunn League

Premier Division

Swaffham Town 3

Brantham Athletic 1

The Pedlars got back to winning ways with a healthy victory over Brantham Athletic at Shoemakers Lane.

A confident start by the Pedlars saw a couple of opportunities taken, but their efforts missed the goal.

The deadlock was broken in the 22nd minute, Joe Jackson lashing home from the edge of the area.

Athletic pulled one back, five minutes from the interval, against play but enough to give the Pedlars the realisation that there was still lots to be done.

The balance returned Swaffham’s way in the first minute of the second half, Luis Duarte stabbing home.

Jackson bagged his brace with seven minutes remaining and the goal of the match. Picking the ball up 30 yards out, he took on and beat two before slamming the ball into the top right corner from 18 yards.

A great all round performance by the Pedlars, who next weekend travel to in-form Long Melford.

The Reserves were unlucky not to return from Sprowston Wanderers with all three Anglian Combination points, the home side equalising with two minutes remaining following a tough and hard fought fixture. The final score was 3-3; Nick Castellan (pen), Matthew Blackford and Ahmed Rhaouti finding the back of the net for Swaffham. Next weekend they are at home to Loddon United Reserves.

The Veterans put in a difficult shift against Cromer Crabs playing at Holt United in the Over 40’s (Seniors) Cup.

A close 2-1 defeat ensued in a spirited encounter with previous history, player-manager Paul Hutchins netting for the Pedlars. They continue their league campaign against Attleborough, the Pedlars sitting at the top of their division.