Thurlow Nunn League preview: Swaffham Town told to show off their power against Great Yarmouth Town
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Boss Paul Hunt wants Swaffham Town to produce another electric display at Great Yarmouth.
The Pedlars have scored 20 goals in their last five matches to move up to third in the First Division. They have five games in hand on leaders Long Melford, and sit 10 points behind them, so hopes remain high that the Shoemakers Lane club can keep surging up the table and clinch promotion for the first time in 12 years. And even though they have an extremely tough test against Ricci Butler's Bloaters, fourth and level on points having played just one game more, this afternoon Hunt is keen for his men to show off their attacking power once again.
Swaffham's boss said: 'In this last month we've started to get everyone back to full fitness so we are really strong again.
'Signing Matty Prudence (from Anglian Combination side Redgate) is superb. He was a great lad with us before and to have him back again, he's a strong runner and a lad with a lot of ability. When you put Matty with the flair of Jack (Redhead), and then you've got Vinny (Alex Vincent) and Jacko (Joe Jackson) who are great attackers, alongside the other forwards that we've got and the other attacking play that we've got, we can be a very exciting team.'
It will be the second time the promotion rivals have locked horns at The Wellesley this term. In December the Pedlars were winning 2-0 until the game was abandoned due to floodlight failure.
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Hunt added: 'At one point we were told – there were a couple of floodlights that didn't come on – that as long as anymore didn't go out the ref was happy to play the whole game. Well no more went out but the game was abandoned.
'It was a little bit of a strange decision to understand but that happened so we want to go over there and show well again and get to the point that we were in that game. So hopefully karma's there which allows us to do that.'
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Yarmouth officials have reduced the price of entry for the clash (£4 adults, £2 concessions) as a way of saying thank you to supporters of both sides who were at the original game before Christmas.
Club secretary Len Beresford said: 'This is a huge game for us and I appeal to every football fan in our town to come along to The Wellesley and get behind their local team. Our boys are playing some fantastic attacking football and I guarantee that any first-time spectators would not leave the ground disappointed with our display. This is by far and away our best side since I have been here.'
Elsewhere, Downham host Dereham Reserves and King's Lynn's second string welcome Cornard. In the Premier Division, Kirkley & Pakefield entertain Hadleigh, Thetford welcome Ipswich Wanderers, Gorleston visit Brantham, Diss travel to Godmanchester, Norwich United are at Walsham-le-Willows and Fakenham play Whitton away.
To hear the full interview with Hunt visit www.edp24.co.uk/wnsp and listen to West Norfolk Sports Podcast episode 55.