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Fakenham Town back on the Wembley trail in Buildbase FA Vase




Fakenham Town bid to take a step closer to Wembley tomorrow when they host Binfield in the Fourth Round of the Buildbase FA Vase behind closed doors.

The Ghosts have already broken records by reaching this stage of the competition for the first time in the club’s history.

And should they continue to defy all the odds, then Andy Cunningham’s troops will travel to the winners of the Mole versus Hadley tie in the last 16 next weekend.

Fakenham celebrate their victory over Milton Keynes Irish in the last round of the Buildbase FA Vase. Picture: Ian Burt (46213165)
Fakenham celebrate their victory over Milton Keynes Irish in the last round of the Buildbase FA Vase. Picture: Ian Burt (46213165)

Looking ahead to the tie, Cunningham said: “Everyone is in good spirits and we’re probably in the best possible shape we can be considering the stop-start last few months

“We’ve beaten teams at Step Five already this season so playing Binfield doesn’t faze us it’ll be all about who’s in the best shape and having that little bit of luck on the day.

“We know their strengths and weaknesses but we always try to focus on ourselves. If you do that then 90 per cent of the game will take care of itself.

“To get this far in the competition given everything that has gone on and the lack of experience that we probably have in our side, it has been a fantastic run.

“The group we’ve got here is really good, we’ve got some really good quality in the side.”

Fakenham only found out their opponents last Saturday after Binfield triumphed at previous winners Deal Town – a game that was held over since before Christmas following a Covid-19 issue at Binfield and then the lockdown.

The Ghosts have already negotiated five games to reach the last 32.

After a slender 1-0 win at previous Vase winners Diss Town, Fakenham accounted for local rivals Swaffham Town from the penalty spot after the game had finished 2-2.

Fakenham, whose league season was declared null and void in February due to the impact of Covid-19, then defeated Crawley Green 2-1 with Ashley Jarvis and Joshua Youngs on target.

Goalkeeper Tom Coombe was the hero in the next round as Hashtag United were beaten on penalties following a goalless draw after 90 minutes.

And there was more spot-kick drama in the Third Round as Milton Keynes Irish were on the receiving end of a penalty defeat with Coombe again standing tall between the posts.

Progress for Binfield has been a little more straightforward.

Last Saturday, Ollie Harris scored twice and helped set up another goal as Binfield blasted their way into this stage of the competition with a sensational victory at Deal Town.

The Berkshire side’s incredible 4-1 success was made all the sweeter by the fact the Moles had been knocked out by the Kent side in last season’s competition.

Before their stunning victory in Kent last weekend, the Uhlsport Hellenic League outfit, who are managed by Jamie McClurg and Carl Withers, defeated Newhaven 4-1 from the penalty spot in the Second Round after the tie had finished level at 2-2.

Tomorrow's game will be streamed live on Fakenham Town's Facebook page.



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