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Penalty shoot-out defeat for Swaffham A against Hockering in County Cup





Penalties brought disappointment for the Swaffham A on Friday evening as they returned from the FDC Bowthorpe as runners-up in the 4Work County Primary Cup.

A fantastic crowd of 404 were entertained in a thrilling final, providing a great experience and atmosphere, rewarding all the players for their achievements.

Hockering took the lead in the 27th minute and it took until the mid-point of the second half for Will Butters to restore the balance, lobbing the keeper from the corner of the 18-yard area.

The Pedlars defend a corner in numbers
The Pedlars defend a corner in numbers

Despite efforts at both ends of the pitch, the teams were even after 90 minutes and the result was determined by penalties. A superb second penalty save by Pedlars keeper Jon Cockerill was not enough to secure the shoot-out, Swaffham going out by two misses, 4-2 the final result.

Pedlars A still have the opportunity to pick up silverware, already having secured a place in the Pease League Cup final and having reached the semi-final of the Ben Smith Memorial Cup.

The Reserves had their reward on the road to Long Stratton, Joe Minns with the only goal of the game clinching the points. This weekend is their final league fixture away to Scole United Reserves.

Harry Exley trying to get his head on the ball
Harry Exley trying to get his head on the ball

The Under 18s finished their League campaign last Wednesday, a disappointing 6-0 defeat against Lakeford Rangers at Trafford Park, Wroxham.

Will Butters being tackled from behind
Will Butters being tackled from behind

The veterans have also concluded their season, a 4-2 defeat to Woottons Old Boys. Manager Gary Dodds has taken the decision to step down and the club thanks him for his good work over the last few seasons.

Will Butters being tackled from behind
Will Butters being tackled from behind
Harry Exley on the charge. Pictures by Eddie Deane
Harry Exley on the charge. Pictures by Eddie Deane
Blake Stangroome unable to connect. Pictures by Eddie Deane
Blake Stangroome unable to connect. Pictures by Eddie Deane

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