FC Clacton 4 Swaffham Town 1 – Half measures for Pedlars at Clacton

Joe Jackson, pictured in action for Swaffham during their 2-2 draw with FC Clacton at Shoemakers Lan

Joe Jackson, pictured in action for Swaffham during their 2-2 draw with FC Clacton at Shoemakers Lane earlier this season, was on target for the Pedlars at Clacton this weekend. Picture: Eddie Deane - Credit: Eddie Deane

The longest round trip of the season ended in a disappointing result for Swaffham against the Seasiders.

Swaffham, missing Dean Miller and Richard Cornwall through work commitments, started strongly and had the best of the play in the first half. Their reward came in the 40th minute, Dwayne Hockton playing a 30-yard through ball for Joe Jackson to run through the Clacton defence, round the keeper and pass into the back of the net. It looked as though the points would be safe on a cold, damp and dank afternoon.

Just two minutes into the second half, Clacton were awarded a soft penalty which was extremely well converted. They then took the lead just two minutes later – a lapse in concentration saw the defence beaten and the resulting shot beating Dean Mayes across the face of the goal. All did not seem lost until the 76th minute, a good finish going in off the post.

The final insult came in the first minute of added time. The Pedlars were committed to attack and lost out on the counter. A game of two halves and a lesson for the Pedlars ahead of their Friday night derby, at home to Fakenham Town – a must-win fixture for both sides, kick-off 7.45pm.

It was better fare for the reserves thanks to a 3-1 victory over Costessey Sports, goals from Luke Greer, Ben Harris and Nick Castellan. Next Saturday they aim to continue their positive form when they travel to South Walsham.

The Veterans had a fine 3-0 victory against Wensum Old Boys thanks to goals from Lee Cheesmur, Darran Hewitt and Michael Woodhouse. Next Sunday they face Mundford away.

Nick Castellan scored the only goal in the Under 18s' game against CSF Canaries. A well-earned three points on a cold frosty evening at the Football Development Centre, Bowthorpe.