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Swaffham Town’s superb run comes to an end after defeat in derby

PUBLISHED: 15:35 26 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:35 26 December 2017

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Swaffham Town’s superb run of wins in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League was halted at local rivals Downham Town on Boxing Day morning.

The Pedlars went into the derby encounter with 11 victories on the trot behind them but were unable to make it 12 as they failed to build on an early goal and lost 2-1.

Swaffham went ahead on 15 minutes when Liam Reed pounced on an error from home keeper Joe Clements to prod the ball over the line, but Clements went on to atone for his mistake with a number of fine saves as Downham fought their way back into the game.

They made it 1-1 before the break and got the winner in the second half to compete a frustrating few days for the visitors.

A late call-off on Friday evening had put the brakes on the momentum built up by the Pedlars leading up to the festive season.

Failure of a floodlight column at Rush Green Bowl ruled out the trip to the seaside to take on Holland FC and Swaffham relinquished their top spot and dropped to third place as a result, with both Woodbridge and Whitton United winning their weekend fixtures.

On Saturday the Pedlars are on the road again with a visit to AFC Sudbury Reserves.

The goals dried up at Mundford Road over the festive period - but there was still some joy of Thetford Town.

After recently netting 15 times to see off Hadleigh and FC Clacton on home soil the Brecklanders managed a grand total of one goal against Godmanchester Rovers and Fakenham Town but still picked up three points.

Danny White’s side kicked off their Christmas programme against Godmanchester on Saturday and lost 1-0 as a 35th minute penalty awarded for handball, which was tucked away by Joe Furness, proved decisive.

It was then on to a Boxing Day morning encounter with a Fakenham Town side under new manager Andy Cunningham, and again the score was 1-0, with the home side this time coming out on top.

Town got their noses in front after just 12 minutes as they put together a flowing move which ended with Bradley Sandell crossing for Jason Clarke to head home.

They created plenty of chances to have won the match comfortably, with Max Melanson volleying just over in the second half and Elliott Smith also going close, but in the end had to settled for a narrow win.

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