Swaffham battle in vain

PUBLISHED: 19:23 23 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:26 10 September 2010

Godmanchester Rovers 1, Swaffham Town 0: Swaffham travelled the 60 or so miles to the Fens on a very hot and humid afternoon. A stiff breeze and occasional cloud cover made the heat somewhat deceptive at times.

Godmanchester Rovers 1, Swaffham Town 0

Swaffham travelled the 60 or so miles to the Fens on a very hot and humid afternoon.

A stiff breeze and occasional cloud cover made the heat somewhat deceptive at times.

Mick Simmons and Lester Kent were unable to make the fixture, so the Pedlars were in the capable hands of Alan Russell and team coach/player Andrew Hunter.

The visitors got off to the worst of starts, going one down after only one minute and twenty seconds.

A misunderstanding by the Swaffham defence gave Godmanchester's number 9, Boon, an unexpected gift so early on.

It took some time for Swaffham to settle from the shock and needed Lee Brookes to parry away a 25 yard volley.

The first real attempt for Swaffham came in the 30th minute with good work by Paul Shafer and Andrew Hunter to set up Ben Russell, narrowly missing target.

Russell then had a free-kick dropped by the keeper cleared.

Swaffham finished the half as the better side, with good combination play by Lewis Hemeter, Kyle Plumb and Paul Shafer.

Russell had a further free-kick dropped and cleared early into the second half.

Thompson, the Godmanchester captain, was booked in the 50th minute for a late challenge on Matthew Kenny, leaving Kenny to have treatment for a blood injury before returning to play.

Several attacks led to the Godmanchester defence having to work hard and forcing several corners the best effort resulting in a Keith Polski overhead kick just going over the bar.

Richard Cornwall replacing Polski and Matthew Webster on for Kenny continued the pressure but the equaliser failed to materialise.

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