Swaffham seeking revenge
Swaffham Town host March Town United on Saturday and they then visit Gorleston on Tuesday - with revenge on their mind.The coastal game is one postponed from the festive period and they will want to bounce back from a heavy defeat at the hands of the Greens on home turf last Saturday.
Swaffham Town host March Town United on Saturday and they then visit Gorleston on Tuesday - with revenge on their mind.
The coastal game is one postponed from the festive period and they will want to bounce back from a heavy defeat at the hands of the Greens on home turf last Saturday.
Swaffham Town 0 Gorleston 5
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Some excellent work to prepare the ground Saturday morning ensured the fixture did not fall foul of the weather, as many others in the Ridgeons League did.
The club is grateful to Graeme, Gerry, Tony and Ray for their efforts.
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The Pedlars' defence was under pressure from the very start, Stephen Thompson clearing for a corner in the first minute and then ensuring the subsequent cross was made safe.
Swaffham were caught napping in the 12th minute with a long ball played down the right-hand side and poor marking allowed a simple tap-in to make it 1-0.
Few chances saw Matthew Parkinson hitting the side netting and an effort by Ben Russell saved by the keeper before Gorleston scored their second from a corner in the 34th minute.
Town then conceded a further two before half-time and only through a splendid save by Lee Brooks went in with the deficit at four.
Even the weather was against the Pedlars, a tremendous downpour as
the half ended adding to the misery.
Swaffham re-emerged a different side for the second half, but opportunities were few, the best effort by Kyle Plumb in the 70th minute.
The football was, however, more in the style that has produced results this season but the home side's goal did not materialise.
Gorleston added a further goal in the last minute, an easy knock-in from a parried Brooks save.
Meanwhile, Swaffham Reserves were also defeated at UEA, a closer event with the result 3-2.
The afternoon was however not all doom and gloom with the A team claiming all three points at Yaxham, 4-1.
The Reserves are without a fixture next Saturday, while the As are competing in the fifth round of the Ben Smith Memorial Cup, playing host to Northwold Sports and Social Club, 3pm kick-off.
Swaffham's Ridgeons Division One rivals Thetford beat visiting Cornard 3-0 on Saturday with two goals by Matt Dixon and one from Simon Mann. They next entertain Godmanchester on Wednesday night.