Free-scoring Swann can shoot down Ghosts

IPSWICH Wanderers striker Rene Swann's sights are set on gunning down Fakenham in the First Division of the Ridgeons League tomorrow.The free-scoring front man has limited chances to find the net these days as his job at Felixstowe Dock entails 12-hour rotas and shift work.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Wanderers striker Rene Swann's sights are set on gunning down Fakenham in the First Division of the Ridgeons League tomorrow.

The free-scoring front man has limited chances to find the net these days as his job at Felixstowe Dock entails 12-hour rotas and shift work.

Swann notched two goals for Wanderers last weekend and is available tomorrow and on Tuesday.


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“But it might be some while before I can play again,” explained Swann, who has scored goals in abundance at Whitton United and Grundisburgh as well as two spells with Wanderers.

“My shifts either go from 7am to 7pm or from 7pm to 7am and disrupt my football.

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“Wanderers are happy for me to play when available and Long Melford were happy for me to do the same last season when I managed to fit in five games.”

There is no doubt that with someone as potent as Swann, 29, in their team, Steve Buckle's Wanderers side stand a better chance of moving up the table.

Swann has netted four times in three games so far this term having notched 43 in the season Wanderers were promoted to the Premier Division under Jason Dozzell's management in 2004/05.

Swann, who scored when Grundisburgh beat Hadleigh United to win the Suffolk Senior Cup 18 months ago at Portman Road, said: “I do miss playing and at 3pm on Saturday afternoons it all seems a bit empty sometimes.

“But I have no regrets, and if I can't play Saturdays I hope to turn out on Sundays where I'm joint manager with Jon Pipe for Rushmere and Rust in the Flare Recruitment League.”

Swann, who works for the Port police section, scored in every Sunday match he played last season to show that he has not lost his touch despite his limited opportunities.

With his pace and eye for goal, Fakenham could be the team to suffer tomorrow - as next Saturday it will be back to 'patrolling the beat' at Felixstowe.

Whitton United are at home to Gorleston and Stowmarket travel to Downham with promotion-seeking Brantham on the road to Thetford.

There is a rare full Premier Division programme with leaders Leiston seeking their eighth consecutive league win at Dereham - a club that beat them in the FA Cup last month.

Third-placed Needham Market are at home to Newmarket (15th) and are unbeaten in their last nine league outings while Walsham-le-Willows can do Needham a favour by beating second-placed Stanway Rovers.

Paul Smith's village side have lost their two home games however. Fifth-placed Debenham Leisure Centre entertain second-from-bottom Wivenhoe, who have already conceded 29 goals.

Hadleigh will look to preserve their unbeaten away league record at Ely while Haverhill Rovers will climb above Felixstowe and Walton United if they beat Glen Driver's side that have suffered just one defeat in their last seven games.

Woodbridge Town (20th) have yet to beat a side above them in the table, although they will surely fancy their chances against a King's Lynn Reserves outfit who have won just twice at The Walks.

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