Swaffham Town and Thetford Town shine in pre-season friendlies
PUBLISHED: 20:45 21 July 2019 | UPDATED: 20:45 21 July 2019
A midweek 3-1 victory over Great Yarmouth Town gave Swaffham Town the opportunity to try some training moves and provided a stage for players to show Paul Hunt their skills and development.
The first goal came from a perfectly placed header from Alex Vincent, meeting the cross of Joe Jackson and looping the ball diagonally over and across the Yarmouth keeper into the top right hand corner.
Sam Carter got on the scoresheet in the second half, striking the ball home from from 10 yards.
Scott Moore completed the tally for Swaffham with a tidy finish from 14 yards into the left hand side of goal.
Great Yarmouth did score a consolation goal but Swaffham demonstrated the far superior footballing skills.
There was disappointment at the weekend with scheduled opponents Peterborough North Star calling off at the last minute, unable to field a team.
On Saturday Swaffham are on the road to Deeping Rangers for their last pre-season friendly. The Thurlow Nunn Premier Division fixtures have now been released and the Pedlars commence their campaign on August 3, Godmanchester Rovers visiting Shoemakers Lane for the first time for a couple of seasons.
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The following weekend is the FA Cup. The Pedlars are away to Biggleswade United, with the winners progressing to play Soham Town. In the Buildbase FA Vase, the Pedlars are on the road again to Mildenhall Town. The fixture will be played the last weekend of August.
The Reserves started their pre-season preparation at King's Lynn SC with a comfortable 3-0 win, Jack Prentice scored a header in the final moments of the first half while Luke Askew and Alex Smith produced good finishes in the second half from excellent support and assists from Sam Rolph. On Saturday they travel to Lakenheath Reserves.
The Under-18s have a pre-season friendly away to Wisbech St Mary on Thursday evening to start their campaign, their league season getting under way the week commencing August 26.
Thetford Town are warming up nicely for the new season, with two more friendly wins, both of them away from home.
Last Tuesday evening they came away from Diss Town with a 2-0 victory thanks to a goal in either half from Liam Hemming and Bradley Sandell.
On Saturday they recovered from an early deficit to beat Harwich and Parkeston 4-2, with all their goals coming in a 20 minute period either side of half-time. Matt Hayden led the way with a double while Hemming and Ross Bailey were also on target.
Thetford open their league campaign with an evening game at Mundford Road against Walsham le Willows on Friday, August 2. Their final friendly is at Fakenham Town on Saturday.
In the FA Cup Thetford are at home to Rothwell Corinthians in the extra preliminary round and will be away to either Great Yarmouth or Wellingborough Whitworth if they win.