Frustrating midweek results for Fakenham, Swaffham and King’s Lynn Reserves

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The region’s Thurlow Nunn Premier and First Division outfits will be looking to dust themselves down and go again this weekend after a frustrating round of midweek results for our local sides, writes Ed Colman.

Fakenham Town suffered a 3-1 home defeat to newly promoted Ely City, while Swaffham were held to a 3-3 draw away at Kirkley and Pakefield on the Suffolk Coast.

The Ghosts raced into an early lead courtesy of Ashley Jarvis at Clipbush Park after just 34 seconds but a well drilled Ely outfit quickly hit back and George Darling levelled things up just five minutes later when his cross-cum-shot deflected past Tommy Rix off the far post.

Once level the Robins didn’t look back and soon looked the far more likely of the two sides to find the second goal in the game and with 70 minutes on the clock James Seymour turned Darling’s cross into the Fakenham net at the far post.

The Ghosts looked to be struggling for confidence and just five minutes from time a defensive mix up cost the hosts a third goal as Matthew Newman capitalised on a lack of communication between Rix and the Fakenham back four.

After the game Ghosts boss Wayne Anderson admitted it was a disappointing night.

He said: “It’s a disappointing result for us because I think we started really well and then let them back into the game.

“We are still struggling with injuries and hopefully we will be getting players back over the next few weeks and we can start to turn good performances into good results to push us up the table.”

Anderson’s side, who lie in 16th position, face another tough trip tomorrow when an in-form Mildenhall Town side pay a visit.

Paul Hunt’s 17th-place troops overturned a two goal deficit at half time to earn a point from their trip to Kirkley following a much improved second half performance.

Nick Castellan started the Pedlars revival before Alex Vincent levelled things up with 20 minutes to play.

Kirkley restored their lead 15 minutes from time only for Vincent to complete a brace and earn his side a share of the spoils.

The Pedlars are without a match this weekend and are next in action when Ipswich Wanderers visit Shoemakers Lane on Saturday, August 27.

The Reserves start their campaign tomorrow away to Redgate Rangers, k/o 2.30pm.

In Thurlow Nunn Division One, 14th-spot Downham Town travel to Lincolnshire to face Holland FC who only joined the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties set-up this summer.

King’s Lynn Reserves lost 2-1 in a physical game at Diss on Tuesday, while keeper Brad Stewart saved a penalty.

Boss Rob Back said: “We made a couple of mistakes and they capitalised. We were better in the second half but couldn’t get the equaliser.

“Nathan Howard was missed but Ben Baxter Hunt did well coming in for him and will be a good addition once he is completely match-fit; he set up the goal for a tap-in for Jack Frohawk.

“Young Ryan Harnwell was excellent again.”

Howard, who was working, is due to return for tonight’s trip to promoted Wisbech St Mary, who lead the table. Lynn are in 10th spot.