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Two draws end promotion hopes for Swaffham Town

PUBLISHED: 06:30 23 April 2014

Action from Swaffham Town's 1-1 draw with Saffron Walden Town at Shoemakers Lane, pictured is Mark Allibone bundling home the ball to clinch a point. Picture: Eddie Deane

Action from Swaffham Town's 1-1 draw with Saffron Walden Town at Shoemakers Lane, pictured is Mark Allibone bundling home the ball to clinch a point. Picture: Eddie Deane

Eddie Deane

Dreams of promotion from Thurlow Nunn Division One have ended for Swaffham Town, after drawing both of their matches over the Easter weekend.

Action from Swaffham Town's 1-1 draw with Saffron Walden Town at Shoemakers Lane, pictured is Toby Hilliard with an aerial challenge. Picture: Eddie DeaneAction from Swaffham Town's 1-1 draw with Saffron Walden Town at Shoemakers Lane, pictured is Toby Hilliard with an aerial challenge. Picture: Eddie Deane

On Saturday the Pedlars were held to a 1-1 draw by seventh-placed Saffron Walden Town at Shoemakers Lane.

Swaffham performed well but couldn’t force the first goal and it was Walden who took the lead, in the 82nd minute, after being caught on the break.

But substitute Mark Allibone hit back for the home side five minutes later, bundling the ball into the net to keep Swaffham’s season alive.

That left the Pedlars knowing that they must win at Dereham Town Reserves on Monday if they were to continue their slim hopes of forcing their way into the top three.

Action from Swaffham Town's 1-1 draw with Saffron Walden Town at Shoemakers Lane, pictured is Toby Hilliard on the charge. Picture: Eddie DeaneAction from Swaffham Town's 1-1 draw with Saffron Walden Town at Shoemakers Lane, pictured is Toby Hilliard on the charge. Picture: Eddie Deane

But another 1-1 draw, with Swaffham’s goal courtesy of an own goal, has left the Pedlars too far adrift of the promotion places.

They are now five points adrift of third-placed Ipswich Wanderers, with just one game left to play, away at champions Whitton United on Saturday.

Ironically, Swaffham beat Whitton 1-0 at Shoemakers Lane earlier this month, but will now not be joining them in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

Even more ironically, before this weekend’s two draws Swaffham had only drawn two previous matches all season, both with local rivals Fakenham Town.

Swaffham’s A team were due to host Gayton in the semi-final of the Hospital Cup last night.

Castle Acre Swifts await the victor in the final, after beating Narborough 6-4, which will be played on Saturday, May 3.

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