Depleted Pedlars battered on coast
FC Clacton 6, Swaffham Town 1A depleted Swaffham squad through injury and work commitments made the 90-mile, two-hour trip to the Essex coast, to Rush Green Bowl.
FC Clacton 6, Swaffham Town 1
A depleted Swaffham squad through injury and work commitments made the 90-mile, two-hour trip to the Essex coast, to Rush Green Bowl.
The score not a true reflection on an entertaining performance by both sides.
Clacton kicked off in blustery conditions but Swaffham soon took the initiative, pressing the Clacton defence in the fifth minute, Ian Simmons forcing a corner which was cleared and then a minute later Lewis Hemeter with a great cross-field ball to Andrew Hunter who crossed for Stuart Seales heading narrowly over.
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In the 16th minute Clacton in their only threatening move were fortunate to be awarded a penalty by the referee, this was converted by their number 11, leaving Trevor Marshall no chance.
Swaffham countered and Matthew Kenny lobbed wide from a Ben Russell through-ball.
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Marshall produced a great save in the 22nd minute but was beaten again in the 30th from a fine move by Clacton's Coyle.
Two further attempts missed by Matt Kenny saw the teams go in for half-time 2-0 to the Seasiders.
The Pedlars started the second half the better side as they had the first but were knocked further back by goals in the 51st and 56th minute, the third from Coyle the fourth from a free-kick directly in front of goal on the 18-yard line.
Kenny had two further attempts saved and a header cleared but in took until the 77th minute for Stuart Seales to get the Pedlars off the mark.
Too little, too late for Swaffham who further conceded in the 79th and 87th minute.
Clacton continue their run at the top of the league with only one defeat, Swaffham drop a place to eighth.
On Tuesday evening Swaffham are at home to Diss Town in the Ridgeons League Challenge Cup, (kick off 7.45pm) and host Team Bury, Saturday (3pm kick off).
The Reserves were the only other team playing this weekend, they continued their winning streak beating Wymondham Town Reserves 5-1 at home, Lee Frost scoring four!
The Reserves travel to Bungay Town Reserves next Saturday (2pm kick off).
The 'A' Team are at home to Cranworth (3pm kick off).