Ghosts share the spoils with Downham Town in derby clash at Memorial Field
A year of progress at Fakenham Town ended with the Ghosts left to rue what might have been as the curtain came down on 2018 with a 1-1 draw away at Downham Town.
Fakenham started brightly at Memorial Field and found themselves ahead after 18 minutes, courtesy of a Connor Charlesworth penalty, after the Ghosts’ recent signing was bought down in the Downham penalty area.
Andy Cunningham’s side continued to enjoy the brighter of the first half exchanges but were reminded by the hosts why a 1-0 lead is never enough in football.
Twenty minutes after the restart, Downham’s Jonathon Sykes levelled the scores to set up a competitive end to a well-contested derby encounter.
Both sides created chances late on but lacked a killer instinct in the final third, ensuring a share of the spoils.
Clipbush Park boss Cunningham insisted that despite his side being unable to end 2018 with three points at Memorial Field there is still plenty for them to be optimistic about at the turn of the year.
Cunningham said: “You go into every game wanting to win, of course you do, but when the dust settles I think we will look at this as a good point.
“Downham is never an easy place to come. Not many sides will come away from here with a point.
“Every point is hard-earned and that was the case for us today.
“I was pleased with how we started the game, Connor (Charlesworth) has put us ahead and then we had some good chances to make it 2-0 that just did not fall right for us.
“Credit to Downham, they battled hard and made life difficult for us and I’m pleased with how my young side dealt with the challenges they were faced with.
“Of course you look back and think what might have been if we had managed to get a two-goal cushion, but we can’t dwell on that.”
Fakenham ended 2018 sixth in the league standings with a rejuvenated Downham outfit just four places below them.
The Ghosts are back in action tomorrow when they welcome Haverhill Borough to Clipbush Park (3pm), looking to follow up last Saturday’s draw with three points.
“If we can follow up the point at Downham with three points at home to Haverhill then that makes the point at Downham worth a lot more,” said Cunningham.
“The last two games we haven’t really got what we deserved and we are all trying to put that right on Saturday and get the three points on the board.
“We have got lots to be positive about going into 2019.
“This time last year we were really struggling and we have made real progress throughout 2018 and I know we can carry that on through 2018.”
Downham Town also return to action this weekend when they welcome Felixstowe and Walton United Reserves to the Memorial Field (3pm)