Swaffham Town 6 Ipswich Wanderers 3: Three penalties and a hat-trick in dramatic cup clash
Cup football saw Swaffham Town emerge victorious from a dramatic goalfest involving three penalties and a hat-trick for one of the Pedlars players.
A treble from Joe Jackson helped Swaffham fight back from 2-0 down within 18 minutes in the first round of the Thurlown Nunn Eastern Counties League Division One Knockout Cup on Saturday.
Lewis Thompson pulled one back to open his Pedlars account for this season and Jack Redhead equalised in the 32nd minute with a free-kick which the keeper could not contain.
Ipswich re-took the lead with six minutes of the half remaining, following a soft penalty decision. Swaffham keeper Lee Brooks got a hand to the ball but was unable to keep it from going in.
Swaffham were awarded a penalty five minutes into the second half after Alex Vincent had his heels clipped.
Redhead stepped up to the mark and levelled the score again with a clinical finish into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. For the first time in the game Swaffham then took the lead through Jackson in the 57th minute, before he made it 5-3 seven minutes later.
With 20 minutes to go and both teams giving their all, Wanderers were awarded another penalty after Brooks was deemed to have brought a man down.
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However he made amends, blocking the strike and pushing wide of his left-hand post for a corner.
The game was finally put to bed on the stroke of full-time, with Jackson scoring his second after running on to a perfectly weighted through ball from Mark Allibone and lobbing the keeper from 20 yards.
There was also cup success on the Myers field for the Swaffham A squad, beating Rockland United 4-1 in the Ben Smith Memorial Trophy.
Swaffham took the lead through Blake Stangroome and Rockland soon hit back, but the Pedlars reclaimed the lead through David Weaver-Pope before the break. Weaver-Pope then completed his hat-trick in the second half for a convincing victory.
This Saturday the first team are back in league action, as they look to close the two-point gap to leaders Team Bury at the top end of Thurlow Nunn Division One, while still having two games in hand on the Suffolk side.
AFC Sudbury Reserves, struggling down in 14th place, are the visitors for the 3pm kick-off at Shoemakers Lane.
The Reserves are away to Thorpe Village and the A squad again play Rockland United, this time in the league, with kick-off also at Shoemakers Lane, at 2pm.