Ghosts boss upbeat despite defeat

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Despite seeing his side fall to a disappointing defeat, Ghosts boss Wayne Anderson was left in a positive mood after the game.

He told the Lynn News: “In the first half alone we could have got four or five and the boys put a hell of a shift in which I was expecting after Tuesday.

“I walked into the changing room and their attitude was completely different to Tuesday, they all apologised for that and I thought they were outstanding.

“There were a lot of positives from the game and for their coach Danny Bloomfield, who I played with at King’s Lynn, to say that if we play like that for the rest of the season there’s no reason why we won’t be in mid-table, was delightful.”

Anderson’s side started brightly at Clipbush Park with Dion Frary creating an early chance, however he shot just over after a quick Fakenham move.

Just a few minutes later and Robbie Harris fired his side ahead, as he converted from long range after an excellent solo run.

The Ghosts were ahead for only a matter of seconds though, as Ryan Birchfield quickly equalised after finishing off from an athletic solo run and finish past Tommy Rix.

After an action packed start the game was brought to an abrupt halt as Josh Hewitt went down with what looked like a nasty knee injury and was stretchered off after just 15 minutes.

Just after the half an hour mark, Felixstowe keeper Paul Cudworth produced two good saves, in quick succession, to keep out Ben Boyce and Robbie Harris.

However, with 36 minutes on the clock the visitors turned the tables on the Ghosts when Bradley Barber found the net with a breathtaking free kick from 25 yards out.

Boyce went close to giving his side an immediate equaliser, however the visitors went in ahead the interval, and the Ghosts picked up where they left off in the second half as Matty Franks also went close to making it 2-2 after 49 minutes.

Felixstowe thought they had made it 3-1 soon after, however Ben Cranfield’s strike was ruled out for offside, despite protests that the ball deflected off a Fakenham player.

The Ghosts created several late chances, the pick of which fell to Harris. However he couldn’t convert after a cross from Matt Gilchrist.

Despite a spirited display, Fakenham couldn’t get back on level terms and now have no midweek fixture ahead of Saturday’s Premier Division trip to Godmanchester Rovers where they will look to bounce back to winning ways.

Fakenham: Rix, Gilchrist (C), Page, Walpole, Tuddenham, Franks, Garner, Harvey, Harris, Boyce, Frary. Subs: Jarvis, Brooks, Brain.

Attendance: 77. Referee: Mr. N. Walker.

n Downham Town are out of the Thurlow Nunn First Division Knock Out Cup for another year, after suffering a 4-0 defeat away at Halstead on Saturday.

Despite defeat, Downham’s League form remains impressive and the Town are next in action when they welcome Holt United to Memorial Field in the Norfolk Senior Cup on Saturday, with their next league match the following Tuesday when they host Haverhill Borough.