Swaffham Town record two impressive league wins in five days
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Swaffham Town bounced back to form in impressive fashion as they recorded two impressive wins in the space of five days.
The Pedlars won 2-1 at previously unbeaten Wroxham in midweek and then saw off Gorleston 4-2 at Shoemakers Lane on Saturday to provide the perfect response to taking just one point from 12 and move up to seventh in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table.
On Tuesday evening at Trafford Park the Pedlars pressed and moved the ball well with the majority of the action in Wroxham's half. The deadlock was finally broken in the first minute of the second half, Ryan Pearson controlling the ball with his chest on the edge of the area and hitting left footed to beat the keeper.
Wroxham drew level in the 71st minute, a soft penalty being converted convincingly by former Norwich City striker Grant Holt. Ten minutes later the points were clinched, Matthew Gilchrist heading home from 10 yards into the top right hand side of the net from substitute Emre Upston's well placed corner on his league debut.
Saturday saw a different game, with the energy levels not so high on a warm afternoon and on occasions Swaffham being sucked into Gorleston's kick and run style.
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Joe Jackson opened his account in the 10th minute, Luke Reed playing him through and Jackson lobbing the keeper from the edge of the box. The Greens levelled in the 19th minute, keeper Arron Watson spilling a ball for an easy knock home for the advancing attacker.
The home advantage was restored in the 24th minute, Dean Miller heading home at the back post from a Nick Castellan corner from the left hand side. Jackson turned provider in the 44th minute, passing across goal for Ben Coe to convert from five yards. The final excitement of the half came in the second minute of added time when Gorleston were awarded a penalty. The kick hits the post, the loose ball was crossed in from the right hand side, Swaffham unable to clear the lines and the ball netted for a half-time score of 3-2.
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It was a more sedate second half, Swaffham having the better possession and chances on goal. The final goal came in the 65th minute from the penalty spot, Jackson firing home to seal his brace for the afternoon.
On Saturday Swaffham travel to the New Croft for a league encounter against Haverhill Rovers.
The Reserves were in Norfolk County Junior Cup actionand recorded a convincing 7-1 win away to East Harling Reserves. There was a hat-trick for Thomas Wagg, two for Kieran Bruce and one apiece for brothers Sary and Samer Rahma. The Reserves host Reepham Town this Wednesday evening and on Saturday Beccles Caxton visit Shoemakers Lane.
Last Thursday the U18s were unlucky away to rivals Dereham Town who recorded a 3-2 victory. Jack Royal and Thomas Wagg scored for the Young Pedlars. There is another local derby on Wednesday of this week with Swaffham visiting Clipbush Park to play Fakenham.