Disappointment for Pedlars

There was disappointment for Swaffham Town, with two 4-1 defeats in five days.

Away to Safron Walden Town last Tuesday night, Saffham failed to turn up in the first half and made the hosts appear far better than reality.

Four-nil down at half time, saw a different side reappear after the interval.

Swaffham played more composed football and didn't get sucked into the hit it and run style of Saffron. A run by Scott Voutt through the middle of the park, to set Mehdi Mehrpour free to score his first for the club.

Further opportunities fell to Nathan Clarke, his effort brilliantly saved by the keeper, and a volley from Voutt could have seen a closer result, but goals evaded the Swaffham side.

Saturday's trip to top-of-the-league Cambridge University Press saw a reverse.

The Pedlars started strongly and held their own, their clean, on-the-ground passing game causing difficulties for the home side.

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Fine play by Will O'Brien, combining well with Nathan Clarke and Joe Jackson causing the Cambridge defence concern.

Solid defending by Skipper David Spalding and Matthew Parkinson contained attacking efforts but the deadlock was broken in the forty fourth minute, a ball clipped in from the edge of the box, headed in by the unmarked number 10 at the far post.

Into injury time, the tie re-balanced when Mehdi Mehrpour broke free to run the ball 30 yards and slot past the keeper.

Press got their second in the 62nd minute, a ball that should have been cleared, lost and the price paid. Three minutes later, an out of the ordinary goalkeeping error, gifted the third.

The fourth came in the 73rd minute a further header from a well-flighted cross.

Swaffham rallied and at no time let their heads go down, efforts from Mehrpour, substitute Sam Loomes and Nathan Cross could have squared the result.

In the 87th minute, a corner cleared by Cambridge, thundered in by James Miller saw the keeper flapping at the ball and fortunately for him it somehow passed over the bar. The resultant corner, taken by Jackson hit the crossbar.

The Pedlars are away to Godmanchester Rovers next Saturday, 3pm kick-off, the Reserves host Cromer Town Reserves, their second meeting in a week, a 2-2 draw last Saturday, kick-off 2.30pm.

The 'A' Team are also at home, Bridgham United the visitors to Shoemakers Lane, kick-off 3pm.