Pedlars all set for FA Vase
Whitton United 2, Swaffham Town 0
SWAFFHAM'S young and exciting squad continue to find their footing in this seasons league. The return of Jack Webber off-set by the unavailability of Richard Cornwall and continued injury problems with Tom Rainford meant a further variation to Paul Hunt's starting line up.
The home side kicked off facing downhill and were immediately pressed by the Pedlars midfield. David Weaver-Pope finding Joe Jackson to feed Jack Webber, the resulting shot deflected for a corner. The tables were soon turned in the seventh minute, Whitton breaking through on the right wing, a great cross nailed home by the head of Whitton centre forward Ronaldo Wright. Still in shock, the Swaffham defence were breached again, only saved by the solid hands of Dean 'Rocky' Mayes.
The visitors shook themselves awake and countered, Webber and Jackson combining, Jackson slotting past the keeper for the shot to hit the outside of the post! Rocky coming to the rescue in the 14th and 15th minutes, palming over the bar and then saving well, the shot from the resulting corner. End to end stuff, seeing opportunities for both sides but Whitton inflicting the punishment on the stroke of half-time, Mayes having no chance to save.
A change at half-time, Craig Burton feeling unwell replaced by new signing Mehdi Mehrpour. Both sides were slow to come out of the changing rooms and it was not until the 60th minute that any initiative was taken. A further change for Swaffham, Christopher Ward replacing Jake Platten, both players 16-years-old. Joe Jackson headed over from a Will O'Brien corner in the 62nd minute. A further attempt in the 72nd minute saw Scott Voutt shooting wide and two minutes later, O'Brien also narrowly missing the target. The Pedlars continued to find a way in in the remaining 15 minutes but efforts by Webber and Jackson denied by the Whitton keeper.
A busy week again at Shoemakers Lane, Thursday the Ridgeons Youth, U18s play Thetford Town kick off 7.45pm. Friday evening the Reserves start their campaign in the Norfolk County FA Junior Cup, the visitors are West Winch, kick off 7.45pm.
Saturday the First Team host Ridgeons Premier Division, Hadleigh United in the FA Carlsberg Vase, second round qualifying, kick off 3pm.