Pedlars bounce back with fine win

Swaffham Town 3, Godmanchester Rovers 0Swaffham deserved all three points from victory over Godmanchester on Tuesday night in preparation for their clash with second-placed Yarmouth this Saturday.

Swaffham Town 3, Godmanchester Rovers 0

Swaffham deserved all three points from victory over Godmanchester on Tuesday night in preparation for their clash with second-placed Yarmouth this Saturday.

This was an entertaining and encouraging performance following last weekend's 5-0 defeat at the hands of leaders Brantham.

The Pedlars started well, playing uphill, and from the first whistle demonstrated their determination.

They were rewarded for their efforts in the 20th minute, Stuart Seales finishing from Kyle Plumb's build-up.

At half time, Tom Rainford was replaced by Matty Kenny through injury.

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Swaffham continued to apply pressure but it took until the 65th minute, a free-kick served by Ben Russell, Michael Cozens combining with James McManus to fire into the bottom right-hand corner for number two.

Cozens was instrumental in setting Kyle Plumb on a run down the left wing to beat the keeper from 15 yards, with a confident finish.

Club secretary Ray Ewart said: 'The only down-side to the evening was a disappointing supporter following, considering the reasonable weather conditions.

The future of the club is reliant on the community support, co-operation and involvement.

Brantham 5, Swaffham 0

Travelling difficulties on the A14 saw a 10-minute delay to the kick-off in this match, with the Pedlars having little time to prepare and warm up.

Brantham applied pressure from the start and demonstrated why they are league leaders.

Their first came in the 10th minute, a goalmouth scramble, not able to be adequately cleared, left an easy knock-in for the Brantham No 10.

The second came just two minutes later, Swaffham still recovering from the earlier shock.

The Pedlars re-grouped, kept their heads up and fought back, with efforts by Richard Cornwall, Tom Rainford and Andrew Hunter.

But they were dealt a further blow when key defender Stephen Thompson had to be substituted in the 40th minute with a pulled ham-string, with Keith Polski his replacement.

An early second-half free-kick saw Polski's shot saved by the Brantham keeper, the ensuing break down the left resulted in a cross hit into his own net by Tom Rainford, unable to keep it out.

Ben Russell combined well with Stuart Seales for Andrew Hunter to volley his shot straight into the keeper's arms.

Brantham broke away and Lee Brooks saved well, pushing the ball to the bar, but leaving an easy tap-in for the hosts.

Swaffham continued to try for an opening and played some good one-touch football, but the desired conclusion was always denied. Brantham hit their fifth late on following another fine save by Brooks.

Swaffham's man of the match was Lewis Hemeter, he didn't stop all game and demonstrated courage and conviction.

Meanwhile, Swaffham Reserves, who won away at Thorpe Rovers 4-2, play Mattishall Reserves at Swaffham, 2.30 pm.

Swaffham A, held Hingham Reserves to a 1 -1 draw a Fen Regis Invitation Shield group match and next host Gressenhall on the Myers field with a 3pm kick-off.