Ghosts ship late strikes

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Thetford Town 3

Fakenham Town 0

Fakenham Town conceded three late goals as they suffered a disappointing defeat on Tuesday.

The game started slowly at the Recreation Ground with the Ghosts’ first chance falling to Stephen Harvey after 28 minutes, who saw his shot from inside the box deflected away.

Soon after the visitors had the ball in the back of the net, but James Page’s strike was ruled out by the linesman’s flag, as they enjoyed a positive end to the first half but couldn’t get their noses in front.

Neither side made any chances at the break, but the hosts came out much improved second half, with Tommy Rix keeping out James Dean’s headed effort after 49 minutes.

Just after the hour mark and Dean went even closer to opening the scoring, however he could only fire wide from the edge of the Ghosts penalty area.

The Ghosts made a double substitution on 70 minutes, which saw teenage forward Callum Brain handed his league debut after an FA Cup outing for the club earlier this season.

Following the change, Sam Garner forced Thetford keeper Scott Cruickshank into a good save as he created the visitors’ first chance of the second half.

But with 77 minutes played, Thetford substitute Ben Anderson fired them ahead with a low finish from a quick counter attacking move.

Six minutes later Sam Bryant fired his shot into the top corner of Rix’s net. Just two minutes later Anderson bagged his second of the night, again from a quick break.

The Ghosts play host to Felixstowe & Walton United this weekend, as they look to bounce back to winning ways, and were drawn away to Irchester United in the First Round Proper of the FA Vase during the week.

First team manager Wayne Anderson told the club’s official website he was looking forward to taking on the United Counties League side.

He said: “We don’t know a lot about them. We know that they are in the UCL and not in a high position at the moment but it’s all about us and I know that if we are on our game we can go there and get through.

“That’s what I’m looking at – to make sure our minds are focused when we come to that game, to make sure we go over there with a positive frame of mind and get a result.

“Sometimes it is better to go in as an underdog and despite us being where we are in the league and them being where they are, it is going to be a difficult one so we have got to make sure we’re ready and right for the occasion.”

Fakenham: Rix, Gilchrist (C), Walpole, Tuddenham, Youngs, Franks, Garner, Harvey, Harris (Brain 70), Boyce, Page (Jarvis 70). Subs not used: Williams, Akers, Wiseman. Att: 71. Referee: Mr. M. Holmes.