Pedlars in FA Vase action

Swaffham Town are in FA Carlsberg Vase action on Saturday.They are hosting Ridgeons Premier Division side Hadleigh United in the second qualifying round, kick-off 3pm.

Swaffham Town are in FA Carlsberg Vase action on Saturday.

They are hosting Ridgeons Premier Division side Hadleigh United in the second qualifying round, kick-off 3pm.

Whitton United 2,

Swaffham Town 0

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SWAFFHAM'S young and exciting squad continue to find their footing in this season's Ridgeons League Division One.

The return of Jack Webber off-set by the unavailability of Richard Cornwall and continued injury problems with Tom Rainford meant a further variation to Paul Hunt's starting line-up.

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The home side kicked off facing downhill and were immediately pressed by the Pedlars' midfield, David Weaver-Pope finding Joe Jackson to feed Jack Webber, the resulting shot deflected out. The tables were soon turned, Whitton breaking through on the right wing, a great cross nailed home by the head of Whitton centre forward Ronaldo Wright.

Still in shock, the Swaffham defence were breached again, only saved by the solid hands of Dean Mayes.

The visitors shook themselves awake and countered, Webber and Jackson combining, and Jackson slotting past the keeper for the shot to hit the outside of a post.

Mayes came to the rescue in the 14th and 15th minutes, palming over the bar and then saving well, the shot from the resulting corner. End-to-end stuff with opportunities for both sides but Whitton inflicting the punishment on the stroke of half-time, Mayes having no chance to save.

A change at half-time, Craig Burton feeling unwell replaced by new signing Mehdi Mehrpour. Both sides were slow to come out of the changing rooms and it was not until the 60th minute that any initiative was taken.

A further change for Swaffham, Christopher Ward replacing Jake Platten, both players aged 16.

Joe Jackson headed over from a Will O'Brien corner in the 62nd minute.

A further attempt in the 72nd minute saw Scott Voutt shooting wide and, two minutes later, O'Brien also narrowly missed the target.

The Pedlars continued to find a way in in the remaining 15 minutes but efforts by Webber and Jackson were denied by the Whitton keeper.

A busy week again at Shoemakers Lane, tomorrow the Ridgeons Youth U18s play Thetford Town, 7.45pm.

Friday evening the Reserves start their campaign in the Norfolk County FA Junior Cup, the visitors are West Winch, kick-off 7.45pm.

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