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Pedlars and Thetford all set for derby cup tie

PUBLISHED: 16:44 13 October 2010

Paul Hunt’s Swaffham have it all to play for on Saturday when they visit local rivals Thetford, for their third round tie in the Norfolk County Senior Cup.

Kick-off time is 3pm and it will be a highly competitive game between the Ridgeons Division One teams.

It’s going to be an exciting game, I think. I am looking forward to our local rivals. We have got a couple of players out with injury so not sure what squad we will have but hopefully a couple will come back in. It;s a nice big pitch which will suit our style.

The Reserve team host Beccles Town Reserves 2.30 pm kick-off, the A Team travel to Gressenhall, 3pm kick-off.

Swaffham Town 0, March Town United 4

For the first time this season Swaffham Town FC put in a disappointing performance when they lost to March.

They are still waiting for players to return from injury and those who sustained injury at this fixture but these are no excuses.

Swaffham were dealt a sharp awakening on Saturday, the visiting Hares hitting a post in the fourth minute.

Craig Burton and Will O’Brien countered and provided an opportunity for Jack Webber, whose lob cleared the bar.

Dean Mayes again came to the Pedlars rescue in the 15th minute, pushing around a post, the March centre forward breaking free through the defence.

Disappointment in the 21st minute, Jack Webber returning from injury, pulling his hamstring replaced by Robert Powley. Webber is now doubtful for the next two to three weeks.

A couple of further chances saw good play between Craig Burton and Joe Jackson, but the resultant volley sailing over the bar.

Just before the half-time whistle a Jackson corner was defended, the clearance blocked by Matthew Parkinson the rebound going for a corner.

Early pressure again in the second half saw Mayes saving for a corner, the delivery needing pushing over for a second.

The only early Swaffham chance fell to Will O’Brien.

The deadlock was broken in the 56th minute, a March free kick met brilliantly by an overhead kick by number seven, Escozcio,

Mayes standing no chance. Swaffham were still in shock, Escozcio bagged his second in the 62nd minute breaking through defence to slot home past Mayes.

Parkinson substituted by Nathan Cross for a groin strain, during the break in play.

Unfortunately, with the exception of an effort by O’Brien, skilfully pushed over by the team’s old friend, Lee Brookes, it never looked to be going Swaffham’s way.

The final damage was done in the 88th and 90th minutes, captain Luke Pepper and Ash Brand adding their names to the result sheet.

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