Swaffham turn on style in derby double

Downham v Swaffham Town Football Action
Downham v Swaffham Town Football Action
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Thurlow Nunn

Division One

Downham Town 0

Swaffham Town 2

Newly-appointed Downham boss Pete Brassett had nothing but praise for his opponents after seeing them complete a Thurlow Nunn League double over his side.

First-half goals from Jamie Buhlemann and Dean Miller allowed Swaffham to leapfrog West Norfolk rivals Fakenham into fifth in the league table, after the Ghosts went down 3-0 on their travels at Yarmouth.

Brassett, whose side lost the corresponding fixture 5-0 last August, said: “Swaffham are a very good side. They are a well-organised unit and you can tell that the core of their squad has been together for three years.

“Some teams would have laid down and rolled over when they went 2-0 down, but not us. We showed great effort and desire but just lacked a bit of quality in the final third.

“We may have lost the game, but there were plenty of positives for us to take out it.”

Swaffham were more dominant in the second period, but a combination of the woodwork, some great saves from Pearson and some resolute defending from the hosts denied them any further goals.

Delighted Pedlars boss Paul Hunt said: “Although we scored two really good goals in the first half, I thought we were a little bit lacklustre at times.

“I felt we had plenty left in the tank and told the players this at half-time.

“We stepped it up after the interval and showed good energy and enthusiasm in the second half.

“As well as we played in the second period, you have to give credit to Downham. They defended very resolutely and never let their heads drop.”

Swaffham had opened the scoring when Alex Vincent’s floated cross picked out the head of Buhlemann, before captain Dean Miller led by example when volleying home a second on the half-hour mark.