Swaffham Town go second with eighth consecutive win
Ryan Pearson grabbed a hat-trick as Swaffham town romped to a 6-1 thrashing of Norwich CBS to regain second spot in the Thurlow Nunn Division One.
CBS, who reformed after winning the Anglian Combination Premier Division as Spixworth last year, had no answer to Pearson’s display of how to master the midfield and could only cast envious glances towards their hosts.
Saturday’s victory was the Pedlars’ eighth consecutive league win and Paul Hunt is enjoying his side’s winning habit.
Hunt said: “I thought everyone on the pitch was outstanding, against a side who aren’t a bad side at all.
“To beat them so convincingly is a testament to how well we are playing at the moment and winning is exactly the sort of habit that you want to get into.
“Ryan has come in and done fantastically well and he has gone from strength to strength over the last weeks and fully deserved his rewards today.”
Pearson opened the scoring after nine minutes when he was played in by Joe Jackson
Eight minutes before the interval, after a decent spell from CBS, Luis Duatre made the most of a loose ball just inside the penalty area to double Swaffham’s advantage.
On the hour-mark Jackson made it 3-0 from the penalty spot, after Pearson was bought down and the striker secured his brace four minutes later with the help of a slight deflection.
Matt Doyle pulled one back for CBS after 83 minutes with Matthew Blackford coming off the bench to make it 5-1 with one minute of the 90 left to play, before Pearson secured his hat-trick in stoppage time.
While Pearson may not have been head and shoulders above a tall and strong CBS back four, he certainly was head and shoulders above the opposition in quality on Saturday.
Also in Division One, goals from Toby Allen, Harry Whayman and Ryan Harnwell weren’t enough to stop King’s Lynn Town Reserves from suffering back-to-back home defeats at The Walks.
Lynn’s second string lost 4-3 to Braintree Town Reserves to remain fourth in the league standings.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Fakenham Town battled well away at runaway Thurlow Nunn Premier Division leaders Felixstowe and Walton United.
Despite suffering a 2-0 defeat, Ghosts boss Alex Walpole was proud of his side.
Walpole said: “I am really proud of everyone today, we were the better side after the break.
“If it hadn’t been for them getting their second from the penalty spot, I think we would have given them a real run for it.
“We didn’t come here to park the bus, we set-up believing in ourselves and I think we can all take a lot from today’s performance.”