Swaffham Town had to keep their powder dry on Saturday after their trip to AFC Sudbury Reserves was postponed due to a number of players being selected for county representation.

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It denied the Pedlars the chance to shake their 4-2 defeat at Debeham LC out of their system and leaves them in fourth place in the Thurlow Nunn First Division.

The game will now be played next year and Swaffham resume their attempts to put some pressure on the top three on Saturday when they travel to lowly Stowmarket Town.

The Suffolk side earned a morale-boosting 2-0 win against second-from-bottom Conrad United at the weekend but have a goal difference of -43, the second-worst in the division, and have won only five of their 21 matches.

With the first team not in action, it was the reserves who took centre stage and won 6-1 at Hempnall Reserves.

George Hutton, David Weaver-Pope, Jamie Buhlemann, Sam Loomes and, returning from injury, Matthew Parkinson were all on the scoresheet, with an own goal making up the tally.

There was a respectable draw for the A team, 2-2 against West End, with Blake Stangroome adding to his impressive season’s total and Danny Manning getting the other.

The under-18s play Downham Town in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League tomorrow night, a 7.45pm kick-off, and on Saturday the reserves are at home to Waveney and the A team are away to Tacolneston.

Ray Ewart, club secretary, said: “The club would like to express their sincere thanks to prime sponsors Narford Scaffolding and Ground Control for their continued support this season and The George Hotel, The Greyhound Inn and Pedlars Hall Cafe for the provision of after-match hospitality, without this community spirit, the club would not be able to offer football at this standard.”

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