Maiden Swaffham Town FC victory could kick-start season going into FA Vase at Huntingdon

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Swaffham Town FC’s victory over Wisbech St Mary could be the catalyst needed to kick-start their season.

The Pedlars ran out 3-1 winners when the sides met in the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup on Wednesday night and there were plenty of positives for Paul Hunt’s side to take from the match.

Sary Rahma opened the scoring after 13 minutes after leaving Wisbech keeper Matt Hails with no chance after a clever piece of play from the Shoemakers Lane outfit, but the visitors lead was short lived.

A good first touch was enough for Alphy Cooper to turn away from Luke Reed, leaving him in plenty of space to drill the ball into the top left corner of Dan Gentry’s net after 18 minutes.

With 32 minutes on the clock Alex Vincent restored Swaffham’s lead after getting on the end of Rahma’s cross, with Hails poorly beaten from just inside the penalty area.

Three minutes later and the host’s stopper was again left red-faced after spilling the ball to the feet of David Weaver-Pope who capitalised to make it 3-1 to the Pedlars.

Swaffham went close to wrapping the game up on several occasions in the second half and while the hosts didn’t disgrace themselves it was a comfortable win for Hunt’s higher level side, who earned a tie with Fakenham Town in the next round of the competition.

The Shoemakers Lane chief is hoping the victory will give his side a confidence boost going into this weekend’s FA Vase tie with Huntingdon Town as well as their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division campaign; where they are yet to register their first win of the season yet.

He said: “It is nice to have that winning back after a game and hopefully now we can use that to push on.

“We have been unlucky so far this season, if games have finished two minutes earlier then we would have six more points and be sitting mid-table so the results and our league position haven’t been a fair reflection of what we have deserved.

“I am sure tonight will give everyone a bit of a confidence boost and that is something we certainly want to take into the Vase this weekend and also in the league as well.

“Vase games are something you always look forward to and Saturday is no exemption we will be going into it on a high and looking to get the right result.”

“We have picked up one or two knocks tonight so we will need to see how they settle down before the weekend but the good thing is we have lots of good young lads around the Reserves and under 18s who can step up to the plate and it is great to have that.”

The Club will be travelling by coach to Huntington. Any Pedlars supporters wishing to travel with the team, please contact secretary Ray Ewart 07990 526744 for details and availability.

Swaffham Reserves were tied at West Lynn in the Norfolk County Junior Cup at 1-1 at 90 minutes, Mark Smith the Swaffham goal-scorer.

The Pedlars clinched the tie in extra time, Jamie Titmarsh getting the winner. The Reserves entertain Norwich CEYMS at Shoemakers Lane tomorrow.

The Under 18’s are still in great form with a 4-2 victory over Horsford. Goals from Matthew Blackford, Connor Germaney and a brace from Jack Prentice kept the Pedlars top of the Thurlow Nunn Youth League North Division.