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Pedlars need to find their shooting boots, says Swaffham boss Hunt




Paul Hunt believes the Pedlars must start to make their chances count ahead of this weekend’s Norfolk Senior Cup second round tie with Mulbarton Wanderers.

Swaffham Town travel to their Thurlow Nunn First Division North counterparts tomorrow, looking to build on Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory over Wisbech St Mary in the Eastern Counties League’s First Division Knockout Cup.

Goals from Danny Tindall and Joe Jackson ensured the Pedlars progress at the expense of their Cambridgeshire opponents, but Hunt admitted the victory should have been more comfortable for his side.

Hunt said: “I felt we were the better side against Wisbech St Mary.

Action from Swaffham Town's 5-1 victory over AFC Sudbury Reserves at Shoemakers Lane on Saturday. Picture: EDDIE DEANE. (4575704)
Action from Swaffham Town's 5-1 victory over AFC Sudbury Reserves at Shoemakers Lane on Saturday. Picture: EDDIE DEANE. (4575704)

"We deserved the win and I am pleased we got it but it should have been more comfortable for us.

“There have been a few games this year when we haven’t made the most of our chances. It’s not just a problem affecting our frontmen we have seen players across the pitch miss chances in games so far this season.

“When you create as many chances as we do, it is going to turn soon.

“Last season we had times when we were ruthless and took every chance we made, that will come again, we are working hard to make sure it does.”

The Pedlars travel to Mulbarton one place and three points behind tomorrow’s opponents in the First Division standings but have played a game less.

Mulbarton have started life at step-six of the non-league ladder strongly after promotion from the Anglian Combination Premier Division.

Hunt isn’t underestimating the challenge his side will face tomorrow afternoon.

“Their league position tells you they are a good side, after ten games you start to get a feel for where sides will be and you can tell Mulbarton are a strong side,” said Hunt.

“They have lost once in the league so far, so we are travelling to them expecting a tough test, but they will be expecting a difficult game as well.

“Both sides have started well and will be up for the game on Saturday. We have a slightly stronger squad this year with more strength in depth so we are hoping to use that to go on a cup-run.

“The Senior Cup is a fantastic competition, these are the sort of cup ties everyone wants to be involved with and I can’t wait.”

Elsewhere this weekend, Fakenham Town will be looking to cause an upset when they travel to Thurlow Nunn Premier Division outfit Wroxham tomorrow in the Norfolk Senior Cup.

The Ghosts suffered a 2-0 defeat to March Town United on Tuesday evening, as they crashed out of the First Division Knockout Cup and they will be looking to put that defeat behind them when they visit Trafford Park tomorrow afternoon.

“We know Wroxham is going to be a tough place to go, but the pressure is all on them and we want to use that to our advantage,” said Ghosts boss Andy Cunningham.

“Everyone is expecting them to win, we are very much the underdogs but that gives us a chance to play with the pressure off and anything is possible when you do that.

“I am looking for a positive performance to put Tuesday’s defeat behind us.”

Wroxham go into Saturday’s game seventh in the Eastern Counties League top-flight while Fakenham remain 13th in the First Division North table.

Downham will be looking to emulate last season’s county cup final appearance as they lock horns with Anglian Premier side Acle United in the second round at the Memorial Field.

The only side in Thurlow Nunn League action is King’s Lynn Town Reserves who travel to their counterparts from Leiston.



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