Swaffham stunned by late Newmarket double

Swaffham Town 1 Newmarket Town 2

SWAFFHAM TOWN’S spectacular run of five successive high-scoring wins came to an end in a dramatic finish against the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division leaders.

But those who went to Shoemakers Lane looking for excitement from the team which had racked up 25 goals in their nap hand of victories were not let down.

Great entertainment was served up for those braving the conditions with fantastic football played in the spirit intended.

And it looked as though home fans would go home warmed by another Pedlars victory until the Jockeys grabbed two goal in the last five minutes to snatch all three points.

Paul Hunt’s team had taken a third minute lead through Rory Harper, who made the most of a goal-mouth scramble to get the all important touch and thread the ball home.

The Pedlars held that lead until the 85th minute, when the visitors equalised and then won the game in the second minute of added time, through a mis-hit shot.

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Bar the goals, Swaffham showed how their preparation and determination is paying off, demonstrating clinical football techniques through defence to upfront.

Opportunities were missed during the game by Joe Jackson and Alex Vincent, but time will surely pay dividends and make the Pedlars a team threatening for promotion places.

The Reserves’ scheduled game at Cromer Town was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch. But the ‘A’ Team kept the Swaffham flag flying, beating Rockland United 3-1 with goals from Charlie Gunner, Tom Grass and Lee Goodsell.

This weekend, the first team travel to Braintree Town Reserves, looking to complete a Premier Division double (kick off 3pm).

Swaffham Reserves are at home to Wymondham Town Reserves (kick off 2.30pm) while the ‘A’ Team host Northwold Sports and Social Club (kick off 2pm).