Swaffham goalrush continues

SWAFFHAM TOWN extended their outstanding goalscoring run to 25 goals in five matches thanks to a 4-1 home win over Team Bury.

The result lifted the Pedlars to third position in the Thurlow Nunn First Division ahead of Saturday’s home game against league leaders Newmarket Town.

In poor conditions Swaffham took the lead in the 11th minute when a great run by Alex Vincent up the left wing led to a low driven cross which a Bury defender turned past his own keeper.

Great set plays delivered by Jack Redhead saw Rory Harper head narrowly just past the post before making it 2-0 in the 27th minute with another powerful header from ten yards.

Good inter-action between Matthew Parkinson and Joe Jackson caused the Bury defence further trouble but the killer blow was lacking until just before half time, when Parkinson played in Richard Cornwall. who battled to retain the ball before setting Vincent free to cross to Jackson, whose finish was clinical.

The Pedlars kept the pressure up at the start of the second half with Vincent narrowly missing and Harper denied – having been sent through by Parkinson – by the linesman’s flag.

The visitors got back into the game in the 62nd minute, a corner cleared by Jackson, the second ball returned to the area where a scamble was cleared by Michael Thompson, but the Bury number seven picked up the loose ball and chipped Scott Cruickshank to make it 3-1.

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There followed a crucial time for the home side in which they had to dig in and retain their advantage.

Cornwall was replaced by Ashley St John in the 75th minute in order to rest after taking a knock in the game.

And the substitute played a part in the final goal came in the 87th minute. After the ball was won in midfield, St John set Vincent free to slot the ball across the keeper into the bottom right hand corner.

Swaffham Reserves had less of an afternoon to remember as they were defeated 6-0 by Catfield in the Norfolk County Junior Cup. There was success, though, for the A team, who came back from 2-0 down to beat Gressenhall 3-2.

On Saturday the reserves travel to Cromer Town Reserves (2.30pm kick off) while the A team play Rockland United at Shoemakers Lane, (kick off 2pm).

Next week, the Under- 18’s play Holt United at Shoemakers Lane on Thursday 7.45pm kick off).

The club thank their sponsors for their valued support, especially club sponsors Narford Scaffolding and after match food sponsors The George Hotel, The Greyhound Inn and The Pedlars Hall Cafe.