Swaffham hoping for relegation reprieve

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:34 10 September 2010

Jonathan Redhead

Swaffham Town face an anxious wait to see if they will avoid relegation despite finishing in the bottom three of the Ridgeons League Premier Division. A 2-1 victory against CRC was not enough for the Pedlars to escape the cluches of the final three places in the league as Histon Reserves had a 2-0 success at Norwich United.

Jonathan Redhead

Swaffham Town face an anxious wait to see if they will avoid relegation despite finishing in the bottom three of the Ridgeons League Premier Division.

A 2-1 victory against CRC was not enough for the Pedlars to escape the cluches of the final three places in the league as Histon Reserves had a 2-0 success at Norwich United.

That victory was enough to ensure the Cambridgeshire side finished above Swaffham.

But Lucian Hodgkinson's outfit must now wait to see what the Football Association decide with regard to promotion and relegation between Step 4 and Step 5 leagues.

Promotion for new Ridgeons League champions Soham Town Rangers and no team replacing them from Step 4 would probably mean a reprieve for Swaffham.

Soham collected their first ever title after coming out 4-0 victors in a winner-takes-all clash with nearest rivals Needham Market.

The sides were separated by two points at the top at the start of the day, but Soham's comfortable victory compounds a miserable few weeks for Needham, who lost their FA Vase semi-final to Kirkham & Wesham last month.

Kirkham's opponents at Wembley next Sunday, Lowestoft Town, warmed up for the showpiece occasion with a 3-1 win at Harwich & Parkeston.

Jamie Godbold opened the scoring for the Trawler Boys after 10 minutes and skipper Marcus Saunders headed home a free-kick to double the lead on 60 minutes.

The home side pulled a goal back soon after, but with 15 minutes left to play, Russell Stock made the points safe.

Last season's champions Wroxham, finished the season in style with a 4-2 victory over relegated Ipswich Wanderers at Trafford Park.

A Ben Thompson brace secured victory after earlier goals from Danny White and Andy Key had seen the sides level at 2-2.

Dereham finished fourth after leapfrogging Mildenhall with a 2-1 win over the them.

Scott Grey and Graham Barrett scored second-half goals after James Tatham gave the visitors the lead in the first period following a mistake by home goalkeeper Shaun Marshall..

Kirkley & Pakefield rounded off their impressive season with a 3-3 draw at home to Felixstowe & Walton.

Lee Hunter gave K&P the lead, but they found themselves 3-1 adrift..

However, Chris Henderson and Jordan Blyth all scored to earn Nick Shorten's men a point and a sixth-place finish.

Fenland Park may have been given a stay of execution, but that didn't prevent a carnival atmosphere for Wisbech's final home game of the season.

Town's hopes of moving to a new ground just across the border into Norfolk have been put on hold thanks to planning small print, but manager Roy McManus fulfilled his promise of giving veteran Jackie Gallacher a late run-out - and it paid dividends as the 50-year-old played a major part in the injury-time winner against Woodbridge.

With a host of former Fenmen favourites in the crowd, Town went ahead on 12 minutes when defender Lee Day headed in a cross from the impressive Billy Smith, only for Paul Hart to equalise six minutes later.

But the moment the biggest crowd of the season - 445 - had been waiting for came just before the end of normal time, when Gallagher replaced Scott Cubberly - and within minutes a vital touch to James McManus' free-kick that allowed Day to snatch a late winner from close range.

Diss Town missed out on promotion to the top-flight despite a 2-1 win at Hadleigh United.

An own goal and a Kevin Leggett strike handed the Tangerines victory, but Whitton's 5-0 demolition of Godmanchester saw them squeeze into the top three for the first time this season, and secure promotion.

Great Yarmouth finished their season with a win, after goals from Thompson and Roach saw them beat Saffron Walden 2-1 at the Wellesley.

Their neighbours Gorleston beat March Town United 3-2 at Emerald Park, while Fakenham Town lost 4-3 at promoted Ely City.

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