Four-some Fakenham Town defeat Downham Town in first Thurlow Nunn derby of the season
Joint Downham Town manager Dale Stokes admitted that his team were the architects of their own downfall in a 4-2 Thurlow Nunn First Division North derby defeat to Fakenham.
Downham were undone by two goals in either half in Wednesday night’s derby after getting themselves back in contention early in the second period.
Stokes told the Lynn News: “Fakenham are a good side, but we were our own worst enemies at times.
“You are not going to get results when you give three goals away like we did on Wednesday.
“We did exactly the same thing against Netherton in the FA Vase last season and I’m disappointed that we performed like that in front of a big crowd.
“It’s still early in the season and we’re a new side, but it’s important that we learn from our mistakes.”
Fakenham got off to the best possible start on their travels when Jack Robinson’s pass was converted by Ashley Jarvis after six minutes.
The Ghosts doubled their advantage 13 minutes before the break as Robinson converted a flick-on from Callum Brain.
Downham hailed themselves back into contention through an own goal 16 minutes after the restart after looking like a different team in the second half.
But any hopes of a dramatic comeback were dashed by two goals in quick succession.
Robinson added his second goal of the night with 15 minutes left on the clock before Jarvis capitalised on some more sloppy defending to make it 4-1 with his second strike of the evening shortly after.
The best goal of the night came two minutes from time, courtesy of home substitute Charlie Butt, who beat two defenders before rifling home from long distance for a fine individual effort.
“I was quite happy to get into half-time only two goals down as we were poor in the first half,” admitted Stokes.
“We pulled a goal back and were in the ascendancy but from looking like we could make it 2-2, we found ourselves 4-1 down after conceding two goals in as many minutes.
“We gifted them three of their goals. The only positive is that we didn’t actually let them create anything in our box for the majority of the game.”
Downham Town will be looking to bounce back when they host Debenham LC at the Memorial Field on Saturday.
Fakenham Town will be looking to make it three wins in as many games when they host Leiston Reserves while King’s Lynn Town Under-21s travel to Needham Reserves.
In the Premier Division, Swaffham Town, who suffered a 2-0 home defeat against Wroxham on Tuesday night, entertain Hadleigh United at the MG Building and Maintenance Stadium.
On Sunday, King’s Lynn Town open their Eastern Women’s Regional Football League campaign with a trip to Histon.