THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
Debenham LC 1
Swaffham Town 0
Debenham LC manager Dale Vince admitted he was relieved to see his side pick up their first points in almost three months.
A combination of the recent inclement weather and five consecutive defeats created the Hornets’ long pointless streak.
Jack Seccombe’s fifth league goal of the season separated Debenham from visiting Swaffham Town, but Vince’s men will be hard pressed to record their first back-to-back league wins since December 2011 as they prepare to visit title-chasing Cambridge University Press tomorrow (3pm).
“They are second and have only dropped points in two games all season,” said Vince. “We have to go out there with the same attitude as we had Saturday, apply ourselves well and perform how we can.
“We’ve got a great team spirit — the boys just have to start believing in themselves.”
After surviving Swaffham’s quick start — with Chris Brock clearing well on numerous occasions — Debenham’s efforts were rewarded with the only goal of the game after 28 minutes.
Jack Seccombe chased a pass up the left and earned a corner off a Swaffham defender.
The resultant set piece was delivered on to the head of Tom Fenner, who nodded the ball through a crowd of players and against the post, with Seccombe on hand to react the quickest of anyone and fire into the net.
Swaffham’s best chance came when the ball was worked across the Debenham penalty area to the unmarked Richard Cornwall, but he contrived to miss the goal altogether and ended up in a heap on the ground as the ball rolled harmlessly wide.
Swaffham defender Dwayne Hockton got himself in a muddle and nearly put Tom Hardwick’s long throw into his own net, before Brock’s header into the net from Sam Diaper’s corner was ruled out by the referee for pushing.
Swaffham went closest to a leveller when Alex Vincent’s 30-yard free-kick swerved wildly as it sailed over the wall and Sam Chilvers, but thumped against the crossbar as Debenham survived to hold on for all three points.
Vince added: “The weather has played a part in our recent run, but the team’s effort was tremendous on Saturday — everybody put in a shift.”