West Norfolk non-league round-up: Swaffham Town looking to cause FA Vase upset
Swaffham Town will be looking to keep their Wembley dream alive tomorrow when they host Desborough in the FA Vase first round.
Paul Hunt's Thurlow Nunn First Division Pedlars play one level below Ar Tarn – who play in the United Counties Premier Division (UCL). However, the Swaffham manager insists his troops are relishing their underdog status ahead of their big cup match at Shoemakers Lane.
Hunt said: 'If you look at it on paper we have no pressure on us because we play a level below them. I'll be telling the boys to try and play with freedom. It's a cup game so it's all about both sides giving everything on the day because anything can happen. Everyone associated with the club can't wait for the game.'
Hunt admits he's looking forward to a break from league action after a run of injuries and string of availability issues coincided with a tough run of fixtures. Swaffham record their first point in five league games at Halstead on Saturday thanks to youngster George Hutton's first senior goal.
In even better news, Dean Miller, Rory Harper, Ashley St John, Toby Hilliard and Jake Platten could all return to the Pedlars' squad for the weekend's clash.
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Fellow First Division side Downham Town travel to Braintee Reserves for a league clash on the back of a fine 2-1 home win over Great Yarmouth. Goals from Matty Calvert and Matthew Bussens stretched Town's unbeaten league run to three games.
'We're over the moon. It was an unbelievable effort from the group, considering we were missing six players, to beat a very good Yarmouth side,' said Downham assistant Pete Brassett.
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'Both of our goals were great strikes too. The dressing room has never been apart but it's been brought even closer together. Braintree will be another test but we're looking forward to it.'
Brassett thanked JD Cooling Systems for their sponsorship of the club's new man of the match award which went to Simon Bird. He could be joined in Town's weekend squad by the returning Matthew Castellan, Matt Franks, Ashley Page, Del Thorpe, Zak Merrishaw and Craig Dickson. Neil Goodbourne is still suspended.
Premier Division table-toppers Wisbech visit Clacton. Dubi Ogbonna, Adam Millson and Darren Jimson scored in Saturday's 3-1 home win over Wivenhoe. In Peterborough Division One, King's Lynn Reserves welcome Ketton (2pm). Jack Frohawk (3), Nelson Moreira, Gino Livoti and Luis Duarte netted during Lynn's 6-1 win at Castor & Ailsworth on Saturday.