Pedlars draw with league leaders
Swaffham Town 0, Long Melford 0Paul Hunt's return to the helm at Shoemakers Lane on Saturday, inspired his squad to deposit their first Ridgeons point of the season, against top-of-the-table and undefeated Long Melford.
Swaffham Town 0, Long Melford 0
Paul Hunt's return to the helm at Shoemakers Lane on Saturday, inspired his squad to deposit their first Ridgeons point of the season, against top-of-the-table and undefeated Long Melford.
Due to the similarity of the visitors' home and away shirts to those of the Pedlars, Town were requested to play in their away kit of orange shirts.
Winning the toss, they elected to kick downhill, against the wind.
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Swaffham applied early pressure and demonstrated some of the close ball work that they have been promising, but never getting enough upfield to threaten the Long Melford goal.
The visitors' first opportunity came in the 22nd minute, a ball played across the box, missed by all and finally shot wide.
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Four minutes later, a further chance from a free-kick, the Melford number 11 nearly hitting the water tower.
Johnny George combined with Keith Polski in the 35th minute, providing a service for Joe Jackson to volley,. This was parried by the keeper, the header following straight to the keeper's hands.
Two minutes later George, in action at the other end, headed clear from a Melford free-kick. Swaffham broke away and weaved their way upfield.
Joe Jackson set up a shooting opportunity for Keith Polski, his shot hitting a post.
The half ended with the hosts well on top of their game but unable to find the back of the net.
The second half was less eventful. The visitors sharpened their game, defending tighter and restricting time and space for the Swaffham offensive.
Richard Cornwall continued his form this season, providing deliveries for Jackson and Polski, but the closest Town came in the half was a well-placed free-kick by Will O'Brien shaving the crossbar.
After the match, Dwayne Hockton was named as Pedlars' player of the month for his contribution and improvement so far this season.
There's a busy week ahead for the Swaffham Town FC family.
On Tuesday the exciting U18 side start their season away to Soham Town Rangers (kick-off 7.45pm) and the reserves host a friendly match against a RAF Marham team (7.30pm).
On Wednesday, Swaffham A start their season away to Narborough (kick-off 6.15pm).
On Saturday, Swaffham first team travel to Team Bury (3pm), the reserves are at home to Harleston Town (2.30pm), and the A-team are away to Hingham Athletic (2pm).
Many thanks to all who supported the live band Midnight Circus and were treated to a fantastic evening's entertainment.
The club would especially like to thank Les Elmer and Narford Scaffolding for providing a professional staging area for the performers.