Fakenham bid to boost season with Diss Norfolk Senior Cup Quarter-Final clash

Swaffham Reserves' Kurtis Callaby beating the Freethorpe keeper to the cross.
Swaffham Reserves' Kurtis Callaby beating the Freethorpe keeper to the cross.
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By all accounts it has been a turbulent season for Fakenham Town – after a steady start the Ghosts’ form has tailed off and they have taken just seven points from a possible 27 since the start of December.

Despite their league struggles, Wayne Anderson’s side have earned their place in the Quarter-Finals of the Norfolk Senior Cup, overcoming Gorleston, one of the front runners for the 2016/17 Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title and well respected Anglian Combination outfit Acle United to seal a trip to Diss Town tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.

Victory over the Tangerines would leave Anderson’s troops just one game from May’s showpiece final at Norwich City’s Carrow Road but the Ghosts chief is keeping his feet firmly rooted to the floor ahead of this weekend’s tie.

“You can’t go into the game distracted by the thought of playing at Carrow Road,” he told the Lynn News.

“Diss are a good side, who are hard to beat and they are having a good season near the top of the First Division, so before we can think about a place in the final or even the semi-finals, we need to focus on putting a real shift in against them.”

“Ross (Potter, Diss Town manager) has done a great job since taking over and we will show him and Diss the respect they deserve but it is really about us going there knowing the job we have to do and getting it done.

“It has been difficult in the league over the last couple of months, so if we can get the right result Saturday it would be a big step forward and set us up to finish the season strongly as there are still a lot of games to play.”

The Ghosts’ Premier Division counterparts, Swaffham Town, are without a game this weekend after suffering a narrow home defeat to Saffron Walden Town at Shoemakers Lane on Tuesday.

James Crane’s strike was enough to seal three points for the Essex side while it was a night to forget for David Weaver-Pope who saw red for picking up two cautions.

In the First Division Downham Town travel to Framlingham Town tomorrow. Pav Guziejko’s side have the chance to stretch their unbeaten run to four league matches after a credible draw with Halstead Town last weekend.

King’s Lynn Town Reserves, fresh from a 3-0 win at Needham Market Reserves, host March Town United at The Walks.

l Swaffham Reserves bagged a great Almary Green Anglian Combination Division Three 5-1 win on Saturday versus Freethorpe, a reverse of the fixture earlier in the season. Goals from Robson Pack, Harry Porter, Callum Robinson, Mark Smith and an own goal.

The Reserves do not have a fixture tomorrow; the club will be open as usual from 1pm.

The Under 18’s had a convincing 6-1 victory over Horsford. Goals from Korben Willis, Matthew Blackford, Jack Prentice (2) and Jake Slender (2) saw Swaffham retain their second place in the league.

The Veterans are away to Cringleford Veterans Old Boys next Sunday, following their 9-2 thrashing of Mundford.

Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division

Bottom 10

Long Melford 31 9 6 16 33

Fakenham Town 28 9 5 14 32

Godmanchester 27 8 7 12 31

Haverhill Rovers 25 8 6 11 30

Wivenhoe Town 27 6 10 11 28

Walsham le W’ws 26 8 4 14 28

Ely City 26 7 6 13 27

Hadleigh United 28 7 4 17 25

FC Clacton 31 5 4 22 19

Swaffham Town 29 3 5 21 14

First Division bottom 12

Downham Town 25 10 8 7 38

Wisbech St M 26 10 7 9 37

Whitton United 28 11 0 17 33

Cornard United 28 8 7 13 31

King’s Lynn T R 23 8 5 10 29

Team Bury 27 9 2 16 29

March Tn Utd 28 7 7 14 28

Debenham LC 25 7 5 13 26

AFC Sudbury 27 7 4 16 25

Needham Mkt 29 5 2 22 17

Dereham Tn 26 3 3 20 12

Leiston 25 2 2 21 8