Pedlars look for support
RIDGEONS LEAGUE: The Pedlars were relegated from the Premier Division last season and it has been a summer of many changes since. Club secretary Ray Ewart said: "The first team are now under the seasoned and experienced control of Mick Simmons, supported by Lester Kent, who has come back in our hour of need and bailed us out.
The Pedlars were relegated from the Premier Division last season and it has been a summer of many changes since.
Club secretary Ray Ewart said: "The first team are now under the seasoned and experienced control of Mick Simmons, supported by Lester Kent, who has come back in our hour of need and bailed us out. We're very grateful.
"We are looking at consolidating our season and returning to a 'community' side, keeping the team within the town and surrounding areas. Last season we had players from Leicester and all over the shop."
After conceding four goals to Hadleigh in the season opener, Swaffham lost 7-1 to Thetford midweek. "It was a disappointing result in the first Ridgeons match against Hadleigh United, not helped by the weather but, not making excuses, lessons were to be learnt," said Ewart after Saturday's reverse.
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He stressed: "We hope the town will rally and support the club throughout this year in what I am sure is going to be a true test of character for both the players and supporting staff.
The reserves are being managed this year by Graham Miller, who were due to start their season at home against Mundford last night.
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"They have a tough task ahead of them if they are to repeat the fine form of last season, the appearance at Carrow Road in the Norfolk Junior Cup being the icing on the cake," said Ewart.
The A-team this season is being managed by Jason Lyons. They start their campaign away to Dickleburgh on Saturday, August 30.
"We trust that the spirit of the team remains intact as it is this squad that forms the foundation of the club," said Ewart.
"We are very grateful once again that the George Hotel, the Greyhound Inn and the Norfolk Hero have once again agreed to provide after-match refreshments for the first, reserve and A-teams respectively."
The club's youth section, which includes the Vixens, are already training in preparation for their seasons. They are always looking for more players.
Any individual, couple or business interested in voluntering support or sponsorship for the club, should contact Ray Ewart on 01760 724581 or 07990 526744.