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Relegation worries increase for Swaffham Town

PUBLISHED: 17:27 13 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:27 13 April 2016

Action from Swaffham Town's 4-2 home defeat to Felixstowe and Walton United (red) at Shoemakers Lane - It takes two from Felixstowe to bar Alex Vincent from the ball. Picture: Eddie Deane

Action from Swaffham Town's 4-2 home defeat to Felixstowe and Walton United (red) at Shoemakers Lane - It takes two from Felixstowe to bar Alex Vincent from the ball. Picture: Eddie Deane

Eddie Deane

Swaffham Town’s relegation fears have deepened even further after another tough week which saw the Pedlars tot up their ninth loss on the bounce.

Action from Swaffham Town's 4-2 home defeat to Felixstowe and Walton United (red) at Shoemakers Lane - Captain Dean Miller in an aerial challengel. Picture: Eddie DeaneAction from Swaffham Town's 4-2 home defeat to Felixstowe and Walton United (red) at Shoemakers Lane - Captain Dean Miller in an aerial challengel. Picture: Eddie Deane

Matt Parking’s and Scott Lumsden’s team were beaten 6-1 at third-placed Godmanchester Rovers last Wednesday and then lost 4-2 to fourth-placed Felixstowe and Walton United at Shoemakers Lane on Saturday.

The continuance of their poor form has left Swaffham third from bottom in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and four points from safety with four games to play.

Alex Vincent scored the goal of the match for an injury-hit Swaffham side at Godmanchester, not that it was much of a consolation in such a heavy loss.

Some great work by the ‘Black and White Barrows’ kept the game on following heavy rainfall in the week, and saw the Pedlars take the lead in the ninth minute when Vincent brought the ball down the left wing and whipped in a cross two yards from the touchline, which was turned into the net by a Felixstowe centre-back.

Action from Swaffham Town's 4-2 home defeat to Felixstowe and Walton United (red) at Shoemakers Lane -Lewis Thompson in the middle of this goal mouth action. Picture: Eddie DeaneAction from Swaffham Town's 4-2 home defeat to Felixstowe and Walton United (red) at Shoemakers Lane -Lewis Thompson in the middle of this goal mouth action. Picture: Eddie Deane

The visitors equalised three minutes later and then took the lead in the 16th minute. Swaffham drew the score back in the 32nd minute when Vincent was brought down from behind. The striker then converted the penalty, driving the ball into the left hand bottom corner, for his 18th goal of the season.

Felixstowe reclaimed the lead in the 77th minute through a soft penalty when Dean ‘Rocky’ Mayes was adjudged to have brought down the attacker. The hosts were then caught on the counter in the 88th minute for Felixstowe to put the game to bed.

This Saturday the Pedlars host Saffron Walden Town, who sit safely in 10th place in the table, knowing that they need a win if they are to avoid slipping straight back down to the First Division.

Swaffham Reserves play their penultimate league fixture away to leaders Mattishall Reserves in Division Three of the Almary Green Anglian Combination on Saturday, with kick-off at 4pm.

Action from Swaffham Town's 4-2 home defeat to Felixstowe and Walton United (red) at Shoemakers Lane - Luke Reed on the attack. Picture: Eddie DeaneAction from Swaffham Town's 4-2 home defeat to Felixstowe and Walton United (red) at Shoemakers Lane - Luke Reed on the attack. Picture: Eddie Deane

The under-18s play their last league game on Thursday evening at home to CSF Canaries.

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