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Saffron Walden Town 0 Swaffham Town 3 – Pedlars show their strength

PUBLISHED: 10:27 11 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:27 11 March 2015

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 3-0 home defeat to Blofield United Reserves (green), Luke Reed riding a first challenge to fight on. Picture: Eddie Deane

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 3-0 home defeat to Blofield United Reserves (green), Luke Reed riding a first challenge to fight on. Picture: Eddie Deane

Eddie Deane

Swaffham Town set themselves up perfectly for Friday’s derby with a stunning win against the leaders which moved them up to second in the Thurlow Nunn First Division table.

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 3-0 home defeat to Blofield United Reserves (green),Jamie Buhlemann strong on the challenge. Picture: Eddie DeaneAction from Swaffham Town Reserves' 3-0 home defeat to Blofield United Reserves (green),Jamie Buhlemann strong on the challenge. Picture: Eddie Deane

The hosts boasted an unbeaten run of 23 matches, stretching back to August 12 – the best run in their 143-year history.

In front of a 463-strong crowd, Joe Jackson blasted the Pedlars ahead and Catons Lane went very quiet – except for a small visiting contingent.

Walden continuously tried their hit and run style of football, but the Pedlars’ defence stood strong and rebuffed any threat.

Things got worse for the Bloods in the 58th minute, Matty Castellan knocking home during a goalmouth scuffle from Jack Redhead’s corner kick.

Swaffham Town Res 0 Blofield Utd Res 3

The Pedlars’ second string didn’t enjoy the same good fortune as the first team.

It was a game of exciting action with the Anglian Combination Division Three leaders – but the luck not with the Pedlars.

This Saturday the reserves face Loddon United Reserves at Shoemakers Lane (2.30pm kick-off). The under-18s lost 1-0 to Soham Town Rangers in a very scrappy game, neither side producing the will or enthusiasm to take the game in hand.

Tomorrow they meet Downham in the Thurlow Nunn League Cup.

The final nail in the coffin came just two minutes later when Alex Vincent smashed the ball home from 16 yards – and there appeared no way back for the leaders with half an hour to go.

The only hope for the Bloods was being awarded a dubious penalty with five minutes to go. Craig Calver took it, but Lee Brooks watched as his opponent blasted it over the bar.

The result meant that Walden dropped to third place in the table, with the Pedlars now in second spot with two games in hand on new leaders Long Melford, who are a point ahead. Saffron Walden have the same number of points as the Pedlars, but the local side have a massive goal difference advantage of 20.

Swaffham entertain Downham Town on Friday evening (kick-off 7.45pm) as part of the ground-hoppers weekend, a Thurlow Nunn League initiative to enable football supporters to see four games in 24 hours.

Swaffham start the activities with Saturday’s games having staggered kick-off times at Thetford Town, Mildenhall and Newmarket.

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