Mixed fortunes for Swaffham Town in back-to-back away games

Korben Willis on the charge for Swaffham Reserves during their home win over Hempnall on Saturday Pi

Korben Willis on the charge for Swaffham Reserves during their home win over Hempnall on Saturday Picture: EDDIE DEANE - Credit: Archant

Swaffham Town produced an excellent performance to win 2-1 at Norwich CBS in midweek - but then went down 2-1 in Saturday’s derby at Fakenham Town.

Tuesday’s display was arguably the Pedlars’ best of the season so far in Thurlow Nunn League Division One, full of energy and desire.

A thunderbolt from Joe Jackson from 16 yards beat the keeper at the right hand near post to open the scoring in the 21st minute.

Ryan Pearson added to the tally in the 51st minute with a low shot from 18 yards across goal into the left hand corner. The home side got one back on 67 minutes but Swaffham stood strong to see the game out.

The downside was injuries suffered by Alex Vincent and Jackson, adding to those of David Weaver-Pope and Callum South. The squad was already depleted, with Matthew Gilchrist being at a charity fundraising event and Danny Tindall and partner expecting their first child.

It was a different story at Fakenham at the weekend, with a much changed and younger side.

The Ghosts took the lead in the fourth minute through Alby Matthews but the balance was restored in the 28th minute, Kyle Plumb, on his return to Clipbush Park, knocking in a deflected Nick Castellan free-kick from seven yards.

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The damage was done early in the second half as a rare goalkeeping error allowed Rick Claxton to restore the home side’s lead, the Pedlars being unable to level for a second time.

Some robust challenges which went unpunished provided Paul Hunt with further injury worries.

The Pedlars are in league action on Friday evening, with another derby at the Memorial Ground, home of Downham Town (7.45pm).

The Reserves continued their good form with a 3-2 victory over Hempnall, Tom Kendrick, Sam Loomes and Korben Willis all finding the back of the net. They are now sitting in a respectable third place in the Hadley and Ottaway Division Three. On Saturday they again have home advantage, Norwich CEYMS Reserves being the visitors to Shoemakers Lane.

On Thursday the Under-18s are away to Aylsham.

n Ian Fancett scored all four goals as Mundford beat fellow high-flyers Easton 4-0 on Saturday to stay three points clear at the top of Anglian Combination Division One.