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AFC Sudbury Reserves 1 Swaffham Town 2: Pedlars keep pressure on top two

PUBLISHED: 17:48 14 January 2019

Swaffham Reserves' Harry Porter looks on as his effort clips the underside of the bar during Saturday's win over Hemsby Picture: EDDIE DEANE

Swaffham Reserves' Harry Porter looks on as his effort clips the underside of the bar during Saturday's win over Hemsby Picture: EDDIE DEANE

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Swaffham Town came away from AFC Sudbury Reserves with a 2-1 win to keep the pressure on the top two in Division One North of the Thurlow Nunn League.

The Pedlars are seven points behind second placed Mulbarton Wanderers and 11 adrift of leaders Harleston Town, with three games in hand on both teams.

An early goal put the visitors in good heart as some neat build-up play saw Joe Jackson back heel the ball into the path of Alex Vincent to smash into the net from 12 yards.

Jacksonn made it 2-0 in the 38th minute after being played through by Luke Reed and slipping the ball past the goalkeeper into the left hand bottom corner.

The Pedlars had further opportunities in the second half but with the exception of an effort from 25 yards clipping the crossbar from Ryan Pearson, there was very little to threaten the Sudbury keeper.

The home side got one back with five minutes remaining to keep the fixture exciting but the Pedlars defence held firm to claim the points.

The 3G pitch took its toll on players, the firm surface unforgiving on joints and muscles for those used to playing on grass.

On Saturday there is another tough game for the Pedlars with the visit of fifth placed Norwich CBS to Shoemakers Lane.

The Reserves hosted Hemsby in Anglian Combination Division Three and collected three pointsto return to the top of the table. The margin of victory was only 2-0, despite the hosts having the vast majority of the play, with Callum South and Harry Porter on target. On Saturday they travel across county to Great Yarmouth Town Reserves.

Bridgham United entertained holders Gayton United Reserves, who play three levels above them in the football pyramid, in the last eight of Norfolk Primary Cup and were beaten 2-0.

In a tight first half Bridgham’s Aaron Byford and Jack Green saw headers go just wide before Gayton opened the scoring in the 42nd minute when their forward finished as Bridgham looked for an offside.

On the hour mark Gayton had a man sent off but Bridgham failed to take advantage and the away side made it 2-0 in the 79th minute from a header as the hosts switched off defensively.

Bridgham’s man of the match was defender Tom Clayton who had a good game at the back.

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