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Title hopes boosted as Swaffham Town extend winning streak

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:00 31 March 2015

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 2-2 draw with Fakenham Town Reserves (blue) at Shoemakers Lane - Billy Russell in contention. Picture: Eddie Deane

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 2-2 draw with Fakenham Town Reserves (blue) at Shoemakers Lane - Billy Russell in contention. Picture: Eddie Deane

Eddie Deane

The remarkable winning run of Swaffham Town has been extended even further, as the Pedlars move closer to winning the Thurlow Nunn First Division title.

Draw for Pedlars

Swaffham Town Reserves were held to a 2-2 home draw by Fakenham Town Reserves in Division Three of the Almary Green Anglian Combination.

The Pedlars were fortunate to gain a point, with Ashley St John scoring and the other an own goal, to stay third in the table. The reserves play Norwich CEYMS at home this evening and on Saturday are away to Yelverton.

On Thursday evening, the first semi-final of the Hospital Cup will be played at Shoemakers Lane when Sporle take on Necton, with kick-off 7.30pm. A bucket collection will be taken during the game.

Paul Hunt’s team have now won their last nine matches, scoring 30 goals and conceding just six along the way.

The latest victory was a 3-0 success at Debenham LC, historically a place difficult to pick up goals or points.

The on-form Pedlars made light of strong winds, breaking the deadlock in the 29th minute when Matt Castellan got his head to an Alex Vincent corner, thumping the ball into the back of the net.

There was frustration for the Hornets on the stroke of half-time when a low driven corner from the right saw Castellan bag his brace from two yards out.

Swaffham defended well with the wind in their faces after the break and landed the final blow with 10 minutes to go, Liam Reed playing Dylan Edge through, who beat the right-back and passed into the net leaving the goalkeeper standing.

The result keeps the Pedlars two points clear of Long Melford at the top, with a game in hand, and with promotion looking almost certain.

That could be sealed over a busy Easter weekend ahead, with two matches at home. On Saturday it is struggling Cornard United who visit Shoemakers Lane and then on Easter Monday it is fellow promotion hopefuls Great Yarmouth Town.

Both fixtures kick-off at 3pm, with victories going a long way to repeating Swaffham’s First Division title success of 2001.

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