Pedlars finally deliver goods

Swaffham Town 2 Halstead Town 0

Playing and weather conditions were perfect on Saturday, providing the opportunity for Paul Hunt’s Pedlars to deliver on the promise that they have shown over the past weeks.

Aaron Clifford and Will O’Brien teamed up well in the opening 20 minutes, Clifford setting up O’Brien to shoot over from 25 yards, then O’Brien serving a precision free-kick, met well by a header from Clifford, the keeper having to make a brilliant save.

The midfield combination of Scott Voutt, Jake Platten and Nathan Cross built strong chances, moving forward with shots from Voutt and Platten which were saved and just wide respectively.

Halstead had their say, but the Pedlars’ defence held strong. There were no goals at half-time but the atmosphere was electric and goals were on the menu.

Jack Redhead replaced Jake Platten in the 53rd minute and the deadlock was finally broken in the 57th minute. Joe Jackson made a run down the right wing, beating one man and cutting in to strike across the goal face, slotting the ball in at the far post.

Lewis Hhemeter made his season’s debut, replacing Daren Hockton, finally returning after his injury.

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The Pedlars’ second came with 20 minutes to go, from a free-kick taken by Redhead, flicked on by Clifford and crossing the line before David Spalding, following in, could reach it.

The final action of the day came in the 85th minute. A quality ball into the box by Hemeter found Clifford whose shot shot required a fine save by the Halstead keeper. A well-earned three points for Swaffham.

The club expressed it’s thanks to those who worked hard to prepare the pitch following dreadful weather week. The Staff at the George Hotel were thanked for their continued support by providinge after-match food.

The first team are again at home on Saturday, to Diss Town, kick-off 3pm.

The Reserves travel to Aylsham, 2pm kick-off and the A team are at home to Rockland United, 2pm kick-off.