Swaffham take the points in close fought local derby

Action from Swaffham Town's 2-2 draw with FC Clacton at Shoemakers Lane, Joe Jackson in action. Pict

Action from Swaffham Town's 2-2 draw with FC Clacton at Shoemakers Lane, Joe Jackson in action. Picture: Eddie Deane - Credit: Eddie Deane

Swaffham Town recovered from an early deficit to record a 2-1 win over near neighbours Fakenham Town in Friday night's Thurlow Nunn Premier Division derby at Shoemakers Lane.

The Pedlars went behind in the first half when Ashley Jarvis fired home a free-kick from just outside the box but were back on level terms before the interval, with Joe Jackson firing home.

Both sides had chances to win it in the second period but it was Swaffham who took the points after Alex Vincent converted from the penalty spot in front of a crowd of 128.

Life without Damian Hilton continues for leaders Norwich United, who suffered just their second defeat of the campaign when they lost 2-1 at home against Godmanchester in their first game since their manager left for Wroxham. John Edridge has stepped up from his role as assistant and will be looking to keep his team's title defence on track when they head to Kirkley & Pakefield.

Edridge has brought in former Wroxham and AFC Sudbury assistant Steve Eastaugh – who will support him with first-team affairs – and goalkeeper coach Darren Plowman, both of whom have previously coached for Norwich City's academy.

'I worked with Steve at Wroxham when we won the league and reached the final of the Vase, I've known him for a number of years, so there's history between us and I think he's one of the best coaches in the local game,' Edridge explained.

'Steve has been at AFC Sudbury and St Neots and you look at those clubs and they have really successful academy structures, which Steve played a big part in, and with his availability we had to move quickly to bring him in.'

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The Planters have also brought in Lowestoft Town goalkeeper Jake Jessup on loan for the rest of the season, as they look to maintain their 11-point lead at the top of the Premier Division.

'Tom Wright has been tremendous this season but he's 18 years old and I just think Jake is a really experienced player, who has been playing at a much higher level with Lowestoft,' Edridge continued. 'He was available and very keen to come across. We have a tight-knit group and he'll fit in well to that.'

The Royals will be boosted by the addition of striker Nathan Stone, who has joined from Wroxham, as recent managerial changes keeps the local merry-go-round of players spinning, and the new Norwich boss is expecting another tough test.

'I always enjoy these games because Kirkley try to play football in a very similar way to my ethos on how the game should be played,' Edridge added.

Gorleston head to Saffron Walden Town, who they can leapfrog in mid-table with victory, but will do so without skipper Aaron Taylor, who has joined Hilton at Wroxham. Greens boss Ricci Butler has subsequently appointed Harley Clements as captain and Keegan Middleton as vice-captain.

Thetford Town will be looking to build on their 0-0 draw at Newmarket when they travel to Haverhill, who are 12th but without a win in five matches.

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