Neighbours Thetford and Swaffham set for cup battle

Thetford Town will line up against local Ridgeons League rivals Swaffham in Saturday’s Norfolk Senior Cup third round tie (3pm).

It’s a prospect which pleases Thetford manager Mark Scott.

“Obviously it’s a competition we dearly want to do well in – and that we’ve been drawn against Swaffham makes it more exciting, gives an edge to the game,” he said.

“We have a few injuries from the weekend but we are quietly confident and looking forward to it.”

And it is also being eagerly anticipated in nearby Swaffham.

The Pedlars’ secretary Ray Ewart said: “It’s going to be an exciting game, I think. I am looking forward to our local rivals.

“We have got a couple of players out with injury so I’m not sure what squad we will have but hopefully a couple will come back in. It’s a nice big pitch which will suit our style.”

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At the weekend Thetford beat Downham 2-1 on home turf in Division One, winning in the 89th minute to help ease the memory of losing at the same stage the previous week.

Cary Clayton netted the first, hitting the top corner from about 28 yards before the visitors equalised.

Then, in the 89th minute, Thetford got a penalty and Matt Dixon powered it home.

Meanwhile Swaffham lost 4-0 at home against March and for the first time this season they put in a disappointing performance.

They are still waiting for players to return from injury and those who sustained injury at this fixture, but these are no excuses.

The visiting Hares hit a post in the fourth minute.

Craig Burton and Will O’Brien countered and provided an opportunity for Jack Webber, whose lob cleared the bar.

Dean Mayes came to the Pedlars’ rescue when he pushed a shot around a post.

A couple of further chances saw good play between Craig Burton and Joe Jackson, but the resultant volley sailed over the bar.

The deadlock was broken in the 56th minute, a March free-kick met brilliantly by an overhead kick by number seven, Escozcio,

Escozcio bagged his second in the 62nd minute, breaking through defence to slot home past Mayes. The final damage was done in the 88th and 90th minutes through Luke Pepper and Ash Brand netting.