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Swaffham buoyed by fine win

PUBLISHED: 17:36 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:43 08 July 2010

Buoyed by a good win at Bury, Swaffham Town will be up for another good battle at March Town United on Saturday (3pm) and at home against Stowmarket on Tuesday (7.

Buoyed by a good win at Bury, Swaffham Town will be up for another good battle at March Town United on Saturday (3pm) and at home against Stowmarket on Tuesday (7.45).

Swaffham A are at Dickleburgh, 3pm, on Saturday while the reserves host South Walsham 2.30pm).

Team Bury 0, Swaffham Town 1

THE Pedlars battled well to earn all three points in a fast and furious match at Bury.

The hosts' youthful approach couldn't match the experience and determination of the Swaffham defence.

Early attempts by Stephen Thompson from an Andy Hunter corner-kick and Kyle Plumb came close but it took until the 28th minute to score the sole goal of the match and seal victory.

A corner earned from a Ben Russell free-kick, headed in from nine yards by Thompson, his first for the season.

The home side made some tactical changes early into the second half, but with the exception of a great save by Lee Brooks, the experience showed and at no point did it look as though the points would be lost.

An encouraging start by Alex Buckenham at this level, he will surely feature in Swaffham's team in years to come.

Meanwhile, Swaffham's Division One rivals Thetford have got a tough run-in to the end of the season. They failed to take advantage of a good chance to take points at Saffron Walden, losing 2-1 on Saturday with their goal coming from a Matt Dixon penalty.

On Sunday, boss Mark Scott said he was “bitterly disappointed as we dominated play. We were looking to get something out of yesterday as we have got tough games against Clacton away, Gorleston away then Halstead at home.”

Inthe previous game, Thetford drew 1-1 with fourth-placed visitors Diss Town.

Thetford led at half-time but Diss equalised in the second half with a first goal of the season from Simon Jackson.

Mark Bowden had a superb game in goal for Thetford and made his first save when he denied Andy Moody in the third minute.

Matt Dixon scored from close range in the 38th minute against his former team to give Thetford a 1-0 half-time lead.

Early in the second half Luke Catchpole, for the Tangerines, had a shot blocked and the follow up shot from Mark Shadrack struck team mate Steve Wright close to goal and came back out. Simon Mann had a chance to increase the lead before Bowden saved well from George Watts-Sturrock.

Bowden blocked a shot from Xavier Huckle with his foot in the 81st minute. The ball flew out for a corner which produced the equaliser. Simon Jackson out-jumped everyone to power home his header. Huckle was off target with one effort and drew a great save from Bowden with another as Diss looked to take all three points.

The final save of the game saw Matty Webster deny Dixon a winning goal.

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