Swaffham Town boss Paul Hunt helps sweep away the snow as his team win 6-1
PUBLISHED: 20:30 03 February 2019 | UPDATED: 20:30 03 February 2019
The weather was the winner at Shoemakers Lane on Saturday, a frozen pitch and Saturday morning snowfall forcing a postponement of the fixture against Felixtowe and Walton Reserves.
It was a different story though in the midweek match at Haverhill Borough, with the game going ahead on a cold, snowy evening and the Pedlars winning 6-1.
It was a fairly non-descript first half, with both sides playing in the centre of the field and very little threat to goal.
The first real action came two minutes into the second half, Luke Reed crossing from the right hand side and Kyle Plumb heading in from six yards out at the back post. Five minutes later it was 1-1, with the Pedlars unable to clear their lines and Dean Miller netting into his own goal.
The visitors regained the lead on the hour mark, this time from the spot with Ryan Pearson being clinical with his finish.
Haverhill provided number three for the Pedlars, their centre back heading into his own goal on 66 minutes as the snow fell harder.
The opposition appealed to the referee that the snow was covering the lines so they could not be seen and wanted the game abandoned. The game was then delayed for 20 minutes as Swaffham manager Paul Hunt led by example and became the team sweeper with the aid of a broom found in the clubhouse and play resumed with 24 minutes remaining.
Haverhill seemed to have lost all appetite to perform in the break which they spent in the dressing room, while Swaffham kept warm on the pitch either knocking a ball around or clearing the snow.
The fourth goal was scored in the 72nd minute, Nick Castellan finishing from seven yards after latching on to an Alex Vincent cross. Tommy Hunt made it five on 80 minutes, drilling home from 12 yards, and the final goal was scored four minutes later, Vincent again the playmaker and unselfishly laying off to Thomas Wagg to convert his first goal for the first team after coming on from the bench two minutes earlier.
It was well deserved three points for the Pedlars and a great example of all round squad team work, on and off the field. With Harleston Town losing 4-1 at home to Norwich CBS, they are now now just eight points off top spot in Division One North of the Thurlow Nunn League with three games in hand on the leaders.
On Saturday they travel to Debenham LC, home of the Hornets, while the Reserves are at Shoemakers Lane, with Long Stratton Reserves the visitors.