Swaffham Town beaten at home after conceding two late goals
PUBLISHED: 21:15 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 21:15 15 January 2018
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Swaffham Town’s promotion bid suffered a setback when they were beaten for only the fourth time this season in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League.
The Pedlars conceded two late goals to lose 2-1 to an in-form Framlingham Town side, who moved above them into second place in the table as a result.
Swaffham, who had gone into the match as league leaders, also have Whitton United above them now while Woodbridge Town, who suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat at King’s Lynn Reserves, remain just one point behind them with four games in hand.
Saturday’s game was a tremendous one for the neutral supporter but there was frustration at the end of play for the Pedlars, who had won their previous game at Needham Market Reserves 8-0.
The home side took the lead in the 17th minute, Alex Vincent breaking free on the left hand wing and slotting across the keeper, with his shot going in off the post.
It looked as though it could be an afternoon of plain sailing but opportunities missed or not taken kept the game on a knife edge and Swaffham wre made to pay for not putting the game to bed in the closin stages.
Framlingham levelled with three minutes to go, with a headed goal from captain James Mayhew from a free-kick taken just inside the Swaffham half, and then took the lead a minute into added time, with the same player on target.
It was another set-piece headed goal, with the corner that led it it being hotly disputed, and the kick being taken quickly and catching out the Pedlars’ defence.
Vincent’s free-kick from the edge of the area on 95 minutes was blocked and as the final whistle was blown it was Framlingham who were celebrating just a few minutes after a home win had looked on the cards.
There is now time for the Pedlars to reflect on the game, with their next fixture in two weeks’ time (January 27) when Halstead visit Shoemakers Lane.
The Reserves, who without a game in Division Three of the Anglian Combination, took the opportunity of having an additional training session ahead of their home game at the weekend against Blofield United Reserves.