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Swaffham Town can still pull off the great escape, says assistant boss after picking up first points of the campaign

Assistant Swaffham Town boss Johnny Alflatt believes his side can still pull off the great escape this season after seeing them pick up their first points of the campaign on Saturday.

Goals from Matthew Blackford and man-of-the-match Bradley Yates saw the Pedlars get off the mark at the 12th attempt as Brantham Athletic were beaten 2-1 at the MG Building Maintenance Stadium.

Alflatt said: “In the first half we played some great football and could have easily gone in 3 or 4-1 ahead.

Swaffham action 2 (52123603)
Swaffham action 2 (52123603)

“But in the second half showed our other side. With still six or seven of the first team squad out injured and very little options on the bench we had to show our ugly side.

“The lads really rolled their sleeves up and dug in and I’m really happy with them.

“This is only a start and we have an uphill battle, but I really believe as a group we can achieve our goal of staying at Step 5 this season.”

It was a tense second half with further opportunities for both sides.

Pedlars goalkeeper Jack Johnson made an incredible reflex save in the dying seconds to ensure the valued points remained at Shoemakers Lane.

Swaffham action (52123601)
Swaffham action (52123601)

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Fakenham Town let a two-goal slip in a 2-2 draw at Newmarket Town.

Ash Jarvis and Callum Brain put the Ghosts 2-0 in front at the break before having Louis Henman-Mason sent-off in the second half as the Jockeys fought back to level.

In the First Division North, Downham Town also threw away a two-goal cushion after an Amon Kutsi double had put them in control at Peterborough North End.

In the Anglian Combination Premier, Heacham remain four points clear at the top after a 3-2 win over Scole United.

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