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Title chase continues for Swaffham Town

PUBLISHED: 16:05 17 March 2015

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 7-0 win over Loddon United Reserves at Shoemakers Lane, Jamie Buhlemann starts a probing run for Swaffham. Picture: Eddie Deane

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 7-0 win over Loddon United Reserves at Shoemakers Lane, Jamie Buhlemann starts a probing run for Swaffham. Picture: Eddie Deane

Eddie Deane

There was a healthy crowd in attendance to watch Swaffham Town continue their title chase with derby victory over Downham Town.

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 7-0 win over Loddon United Reserves at Shoemakers Lane, Luke Reed committed to the challenge for Swaffham. Picture: Eddie DeaneAction from Swaffham Town Reserves' 7-0 win over Loddon United Reserves at Shoemakers Lane, Luke Reed committed to the challenge for Swaffham. Picture: Eddie Deane

Friday the 13th is supposed to be a day of bad luck but it was not for the Pedlars, running out 3-1 winners in front of 244 spectators, courtesy of being involved in the Thurlow Nunn League’s groundhopper weekend.

Swaffham scored an early goal after just 10 minutes, with the First Division’s top scorer Alex Vincent putting the home side ahead. This was closely followed two minutes later by a Joe Jackson effort to double the lead.

Downham regrouped and settled back into the game, the remainder of the half seeing opportunities at both ends, the most notable coming for the Pedlars when both Mark Alliborne and Matthew Prudence went close.

Twenty minutes into the second half Dale Stokes pulled a goal back for the visitors, a well placed free-kick leaving keeper Lee Brooks with no chance, with the placement of the wall and whether or not it shifted before the kick no doubt discussed after the game.

Seventh heaven

There were goals galore for Swaffham Town Reserves to stay in the thick of the title chase in Division Two of the Almary Green Anglian Combination.

A first half hat-trick from Dylan Edge and further goals in the second half from Steven Aspery Luke Reed, captain, Daren Hockton and Ashley St John resulted in a 7-0 thrashing of Loddon United Reserves, with two visiting players sent off in the second half.

This Saturday Swaffham Reserves remain at Shoemakers Lane, four points off top spot, taking on mid-table side Brandon Town.

But Vincent ensured victory for the Pedlars after being denied a goal-scoring chance in the penalty area when he was brought down in front of goal, seeing Downham defender Pat Yates sent off.

Vincent converted the penalty in added time to briefly elevate the Pedlars to top spot, which was reclaimed by Long Melford on Saturday with a 1-0 home win against Leiston Reserves, although Swaffham have two games in hand. Vincent now has 24 goals in 27 games to sit top of the First Division scoring charts.

This Saturday the Pedlars travel to Leiston before hosting Kings Lynn Reserves at Shoemakers Lane on Tuesday (7.45pm).

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