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Walsham le Willows clash to follow tough week for Swaffham Town

PUBLISHED: 17:52 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:52 16 March 2016

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 2-1 loss to Hemsby at Shoemakers Lane, Aaron Watson in arial action, a fine save to his right hand side. Picture:Maisie Wynne

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 2-1 loss to Hemsby at Shoemakers Lane, Aaron Watson in arial action, a fine save to his right hand side. Picture:Maisie Wynne

Maisie Wynne

Swaffham Town can leapfrog Walsham le Willows in the bottom half of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division table tonight.

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 2-1 loss to Hemsby at Shoemakers Lane, Dan Farr rises to meet the cross. Picture:Maisie WynneAction from Swaffham Town Reserves' 2-1 loss to Hemsby at Shoemakers Lane, Dan Farr rises to meet the cross. Picture:Maisie Wynne

The Pedlars endured a tough week, with fixtures against the top two within five days last week. They were unfortunate in each game to not come away with a point, losing 2-0 at home to leaders Norwich United on Tuesday before being beaten 2-1 at Stanway on Saturday.

Norwich took an early two-goal lead, through goals from Matt Blake and Andy Eastaugh, after coming out of the starting blocks at a rate on knots, pressing hard and forcing mistakes.

There was a twist at half-time as the referee was injured and a replacement assistant was found to continue the fixture, the second occasion that this has occurred with the Pedlars.

Saturday saw a similar picture, this time away at The Hawthorns, to Stanway. The home side with a two-goal advantage after 18 minutes, Alex Vincent getting a vital goal back with 11 minutes remaining.

Action from Swaffham Town Reserves' 2-1 loss to Hemsby at Shoemakers Lane, Toby Millward up-ended for a penalty which he converted. Picture:Maisie WynneAction from Swaffham Town Reserves' 2-1 loss to Hemsby at Shoemakers Lane, Toby Millward up-ended for a penalty which he converted. Picture:Maisie Wynne

Some fantastic play to put The Stanway defence under the cosh led to Vincent lashing home from 12 yards after a Joe Jackson shot was blocked, scoring his 16th of the campaign.

The result leaves the Pedlars 17th and just four points above the bottom three ahead of tonight’s trip to Walsham, who sit two points and two places better off in the table.

The Suffolk side are in great form though, winning three on the trot and scoring five in their last two matches.

On Saturday Swaffham go to Newmarket Town to replay their previously abandoned game, when the Jockeys’ keeper had required medical attention following Swaffham’s second goal early in the second half.

Swaffham Reserves, as with the first team, went down by two goals to one at home to Hemsby, Toby Millward getting the Swaffham goal from the penalty spot as their eight-game unbeaten run was brought to an end.

On Saturday the reserves are at home to Fakenham Town Reserves, who are a place below them in the Anglian Combination Division Three table in 12th place but with six less points.

Swaffham Under-18s travel to The Walks to play Kings Lynn Town in the first round of the Thurlow Nunn Youth Cup tonight and the veterans continue their league campaign on Sunday when they are at home to Cringleford Old Boys.

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