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Ghosts defeat Pedlars on penalties

Andy Cunningham praised the character of Fakenham Town’s players after they came from behind to beat local rivals Swaffham Town 8-7 on penalties in Tuesday night’s Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup tie.

The Ghosts levelled the scores at 2-2 after 90 minutes with Alex Vincent’s brace being cancelled out by Tom Blake’s goal and a Tommy Rix own goal.

Cunningham said: “I’m really proud of the lads, we were poor for 35 minutes and were rightly 2-0 down but they dug-deep, got stuck in and turned it around.”

Fakenham Town v Histon....Andy Cunningham new manager. (5571526)
Fakenham Town v Histon....Andy Cunningham new manager. (5571526)

“It takes a lot of character to turn games around, especially against a strong side like Swaffham and the squad showed real resilience to battle their way back.

“We are still a young side so it would have been easy to lose our nerve in the penalty shoot-out but again the character and maturity the lads showed was excellent.

“Penalties are a great way to win a football match, albeit not easy to watch.”

Cunningham’s side are back in action this evening when they welcome second-placed Mulbarton Wanderers to Clipbush Park (7.45pm).

The Ghosts are now unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions, a run that their manager is looking to extend tonight.

“I have got a great group of lads and there is a real feel good factor in the dressing room and around the whole club at the moment,” he said.

“The results on the pitch have been excellent and Mulbarton will be a tough test but we can go there feeling confident looking to make it nine unbeaten.

“We are going into games confident and never think we are beaten, it shows just how far this group have come.”

Fakenham’s First Division counterparts Swaffham Town return to action with a trip to Leiston Reserves and Shoemakers Lane boss Paul Hunt believes his side’s success in cup competition is starting to catch up with them.

Hunt said: “We have played a lot of football recently.

“It’s great to have been in all the cups, up until Tuesday, but it is starting to show on the squad.

“We do not have a huge squad and players are picking up little knocks that come from playing lots of football in a short space of time.

“We have three or four facing late fitness tests for the Leiston trip and we will be rotating the squad to try and get everyone back to full fitness as soon as possible.”

Elsewhere in the First Division North tomorrow Downham Town welcome Debenham LC to Memorial Field (3pm).

Lynn Reserves travel to Lakenheath (1.30pm) looking to return to winning ways.

Rumours were rife yesterday that Neil Fryatt was about to take charge of Lynn’s second string with Adam Seal working as his assistant in a managerial shuffle around at The Walks.


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