Pedlars beaten by freeze

All three Pedlars teams fell casualties to the snow and frost this weekend.

The bitter conditions saw all but two Ridgeons fixtures postponed and major disruption to the other County leagues.

The unplanned break in sport did provide the opportunity for some alternative team building and the chance for the club volunteers to undertake some of those jobs around the club which we all put off because of other more essential tasks on matchdays.

The club would like to take the opportunity to thank our team sponsors, Klimatech, Narford Scaffolding and East Garden Chinese Restaurant as well as The George Hotel, The Greyhound Inn and Pedlars Hall Cafe for their continued support, without this community spirit the club would struggle to survive.

There are some revisions to fixtures this week, County and Cup competition matches given the priority.

Swaffham will now play their Ridgeons First Division Cup match on Tuesday December 7 (kick-off 7.45pm).

On Saturday they travel to Cambridge University Press in the league, kick-off will be 2pm as CUP do not have floodlights. The Reserves are at home to Aylsham in the 3rd Round of the Cyril Ballyn Trophy (1.30 pm kick-off) and the ‘A’ Team travel to Dereham Town A in the Sound & Vision Junior League Cup (kick-off 1.45pm). Tomorrow, weather permitting, the Under 18s host Newmarket Town (7.45pm) in the Ridgeons Youth League.

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Thetford Town were one of the few clubs to beat the freeze, reaching the quarter-finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup with a 1-0 home win over Hempnall. Most of the area’s teams were left wondering if the weather would relent for action to resume, long-term forecasts suggesting that conditons could persist for up to two more weeks.

But Ridgeons First Division Thetford’s manager Mark Scott was this week feeling the warmth of victory over gallant cup opponents from the Anglian Combination’s Premier Division. “Full credit to Hempnall, they came with a game plan. They were a very direct side, which is what we expected. It was a game of patience.”

Thetford are now awaiting the outcome of Saturday’s Norfolk Senior Cup ties between Norwich St Johns and Diss Town, Gorleston v Dereham, and North Walsham v Norwich Utd.