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Fakenham Town are back where they belong – in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division – following confirmation of their promotion this week.

The Ghosts will ply their trade at Step 5 next season for the first time since they were relegated from that division in 2017/18.

The club, who are one of 110 clubs at Steps 5 to 7 to ‘upwardly move’ in a restructuring across the non-league game, are set for some mouthwatering clashes against the likes of Mildenhall, Lakenheath, Swaffham, and Wroxham next term.

Fakenham Town players celebrate their second goal. Picture: Ian Burt. (46277379)
Fakenham Town players celebrate their second goal. Picture: Ian Burt. (46277379)

First team manager Andy Cunningham, said: “It is fantastic news for all the players, staff, volunteers, supporters and the community in general.

“The players deserve it, they have done the very thing asked of them and more, over the last two years, and it’s just rewards for their loyalty and hard work.”

“It’s the goal we had been working towards for the last two, broken seasons, and it’s great to achieve it.

"The (FA) Vase run was good, but the league was always our priority.”

Cunningham admitted it had been hard work helping the club achive their goal.

“It has been difficult for some players to stay engaged with it with it being such a stop-start season,”he admitted.

“Had we not got promotion then I think it would have been very difficult to pick the players up after two years of hard work with no positive result at the end of it.”

The club, who also enjoyed a record-breaking campaign in this season’s FA Vase, have been handed their just reward for an unbeaten league record of nine wins and two draws from 11 games.

Their elevation is part of a five-year plan at Clipbush Park in the longer term.

“There is still a lot of hard work to be done but promotion is key and it’s now about sustainably growing the club both on and off the pitch.”

“On the field, we will look to consolidate next season then go from there.

“The club is in a good position currently so we are all very positive about the future.”

Fakenham supporters will be able to join in the club’s promotion celebrations for the first time when the Ghosts entertain Wisbech Town in a friendly tomorrow (3pm kick-off).

The club’s president, Simon Barnes, said: “We had a feeling that we could go up and hopefully we’ll have a side that will compete well in the league next season.

“The club will be starting an A side who will play in the Barnes Print Central and South Norfolk League from next season along with two ladies’ teams.

“The whole structure of the club is continuing to take shape and it’s exciting times for everyone involved with the club.”

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