Fakenham Town secured their place in the last four of the Norfolk Senior Cup on Tuesday night, after beating Diss Town 2-1 in a re-arranged quarter-final at Brewers Green Lane.
The Ghosts thought their job was done after a hard fought 1-0 win in the original tie, but Norfolk County FA ordered to tie to be replayed after it emerged that two Ghosts players should have been suspended for the match.
A statement from the Clipbush Park outfit defended their actions, hitting back at Norfolk FA’s decision; but ultimately their football did the talking for them under the lights on Tuesday night.
Goals from George Abbott and Josh Youngs secured the Ghosts’ progression to the semi-finals and after the match first-team chief Wayne Anderson paid tribute to the way that the club had handled the controversial circumstances.
“The tie is over and done with, we’re in the semi’s and I can’t speak highly enough of the club and the boys,” he said.
“We had a plan, and it worked. People had driven for hours to be here tonight; their commitment is second to none.
“The boys worked their socks off, full credit to everyone; they did themselves proud to go there and turn them over again.
“We have been professional about it – the club, the players; we have gone home with our heads held high and looking forward to the semi-final we have got coming up.
“Last year we were rock bottom, we got out of jail by playing with our hearts and as always we are all in it together.
“Credit to the boys, we’re sitting mid-table with a Senior Cup semi-final to play, what more can we ask for.”
The Ghosts will take on Anglian Combination outfit Harleston Town, for a place in May’s Carrow Road Final. The tie will be played at Norfolk County FA’s Football Development Centre on Wednesday, March 15, kick off 7.30pm.
Anderson’s troops tomorrow face a testing trip to third-spot Newmarket Town who are not only challenging for the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title but also looking to secure a place at step four of the non-league ladder next term.
Swaffham Town also face a difficult test, they welcome fifth place Stanway Rovers to Shoemakers Lane.
Meanwhile in Division One, King’s Lynn Town Reserves entertain Holland FC.
Downham Town complete a weekend of testing fixtures for local sides – they face a trip to second place Stowmarket Town, who are just one point behind leaders Coggeshall Town.
Fakenham: Rix, D Williams, Stu Garner, Franks, Youngs, Harvey (c), Akers, Dye, Jarvis, Glover, Abbott. Subs: Colman, Dougal, J Williams, Sturman, Gilchrist.
l Swaffham Reserves went in at half time 2-0 up (Korben Willis 2), but Buxton scored the winner with the last kick of the game. The Veterans tomorrow compete in the FA Peoples Cup, a national 5-a-side competition, the regional round being held at the FDC Bowthorpe. On Sunday they host Wensum Albion OB.