Pedlars sniff promotion after Rosemary Lane win

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Swaffham Town’s push for promotion to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division continues to gain pace after the Pedlars secured all three points from their visit to Halstead Town on Saturday.

Their 2-0 win at Rosemary Lane was thanks to strikes from Alex Vincent and Mark Allibone.

The victory leaves Paul Hunt’s side in third place in the First Division table, just four points behind second place Long Melford with three games in hand over the Suffolk side.

The Pedlars also have two games in hand over current table toppers Saffron Walden Town, who are six points ahead of Swaffham, with the two sides meeting at Caton’s Lane next week.

By the time the sides meet, however, Swaffham could find themselves just three points behind the Bloods if they beat Team Bury on Tuesday night, kick off 7.45pm at Ram Meadow.

A great derby performance by Swaffham Under 18’s on Thursday evening, defeating Downham Town by three goals to one, Finlay Bloodworth and Nick Castellan (2) netting for the Pedlars. This Thursday they are at home to Soham Town Rangers, kick off 7.45pm.

The Swaffham Veterans are in action next Sunday, they are at home to Scole in the Seniors (over 40’s) Invitation Cup, kick off 2pm.

Elsewhere in Division One, Downham Town remain 10th after their trip to Needham Market Reserves was postponed, early on Saturday morning.

In the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Fakenham boss Wayne Anderson was left admitting that Saturday’s defeat at Haverhill “wasn’t our day”.

The Ghosts fell to a single-goal loss thanks to Charlie Sigler’s 37th-minute close-range effort while they had plenty of good situations of their own that they failed to take advantage of.

They twice struck a post in the second half, through Danny Williams and a stoppage-time Sam Garner shot, but despite plenty of late pressure an equaliser would not come.

Anderson said: “I said after last week [a 4-0 defeat at home to Stanway Rovers] that the boys would go to Haverhill and put a shift in, which they did on an awful pitch, but we can’t use that as an excuse as we had six or seven chances and they had the one that they scored from.

“It wasn’t just the strikers, it was the midfielders and centre-halves too, there were plenty of times when the ball was bobbling around in their box but people were taking a touch instead of just lashing it in.

“Sam Garner missed one in the first ten minutes and we could have walked in at half-time ahead, but it wasn’t our day, though we did create chances and you’re more worried as a manager when you aren’t doing that.”

Fakenham have allowed striker Kyle Plumb to join Dereham Town and build up his match-fitness with their reserves in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League before returning to Clipbush Park.

Tomorrow King’s Lynn Town Res, who have been inactoive for the past week, travel to Haverhill Borough.