Pedlars all set for derby clash

Swaffham Town are looking forward to their derby encounter against Thetford on Monday (noon) to wrap up the Ridgeons Division One season.

Before that game, the Pedlars travel to Essex for their meeting with Halstead (kick-off 3pm) on Saturday.

Swaffham Town 2, Godmanchester Rovers 2

Honours were even at Shoemakers Lane on Saturday with Godmanchester Rovers sharing the points with the Pedlars.

An encouraging start for the home side, awarded an indirect free-kick in the 10th minute for a back pass but the defensive wall beat the ball away.

Jack Redhead’s floated free kick was taken by the keeper in the 12th minute.

Good inter-play by Richard Cornwall and Jake Platten up front ended with Platten’s shot being easily gathered by the keeper.

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The deadlock was broken in the 31st minute when Will O’Brien’s deep free-kick deep in the Godmanchester half was kick beaten away, but Joe Jackson’s volley was too hot for the keeper, his fumble carrying the ball into the back of the net.

A further chance came in the 37th minute with Scott Voutt meeting a Jackson corner, but penalised for holding the defender down.

The visitors equalised on the stroke of half-time, keeper Dean Mayes bringing down the number six, the penalty converted by the centre forward.

Mayes repaid his mistake by pulling off a fine save early in the second half, a long through ball picked up be the number nine, Mayes deflecting the shot wide.

Rovers gathered momentum but the Pedlars back four stood strong, James Miller and Dwayne Hockton holding a tight line.

An opportunity was missed by Jackson in the 55th minute, breaking through the Godmanchester defence, his shot wide of the mark.

Nathan Cross and Mehdi Mehrpour replaced O’Brien and Platten respectively to bring some fresh pace into the Swaffham game.

A further breakthrough came in the 77th minute, a header won by Cornwall leaving Jackson one-on-one to net for his second.

Two minutes later the visitors balanced the books, a long throw, assisted by a header for the number 10 to finish.

A couple of heart-in-the-mouth moments in the closing minutes, the visitors coming close to spoiling the afternoon, David Spalding and Ben Durrent standing firm to block the Rovers attack.

Swaffham Reserves travel to Blofield Town Reserves (kick-off 4pm) and the A team are away to Tacolneston (kick-off 3pm). On Tuesday, April 26 the Reserves are at home to Freethorpe (kick-off 7.30pm).

The Hospital Cup competition returned to Shoemakers Lane last Thursday, Necton comfortably beating Sporle 5-1, an entertaining fixture competed fairly and in good spirit. Necton taking the initiative early, and making it two before half-time. It looked as though it may have added excitement when Sporle pulled one back to 3-1, but the home side for the evening ensured that there was no coming back.

For your diaries, the next fixture is on Thursday, April 21, Castle Acre v Great Massingham. The following week the other quarter-finals will be played, Wednesday, April 27, Swaffham Town A v Marham Wanderers and Thursday, April 28, Narborough v Stoke Ferry. Following this game, the draw for the semi-finals will be made, to be played Thursday, May 5 and Tuesday, May 10. All kick off at 7.30pm.

Admission will be free and there will be a bucket collection during the match. All contributions to Swaffham Community Hospital, please come and support this worthy cause.

It is planned to hold the final on Cup Final day, May 14 but this will be subject to the completion of the league competitions, which were affected by the winter weather.

Car boot sale at Swaffham Conservative Club car park, London Road, Swaffham on Easter Sunday from 8am to 12 noon. Pitches �5 outdoors, �6 indoors.