West Norfolk football round up: Fakenham are spot on in the FA Cup, former King's Lynn goalkeeper comes out of retirement and Downham Town make a winning start
Fakenham Town proved spot-on as they progressed through to the next round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
The Ghosts edged out fellow Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side Ely City 1-0 at the Daly Group Stadium thanks to Jordan Attree’s first half penalty.
Luis Mason, Jack Robinson and Attree missed further chances to increase the Ghosts' lead in a scrappy affair, but Andy Cunningham's did enough to book a home tie against Isthmian League North Division Bury Town on August 21.
Fakenham are in Thurlow Nunn Premier Division action next when they travel to Gorleston on Tuesday night.
Swaffham Town suffered an early exit from the competition with a 3-0 home defeat to Walsham le Willows.
Jamie Smith opened the scoring from the penalty spot to give the visitors a one-goal advantage going into the interval.
Smith added his second to double The Willows' lead in the second half before a Scott Mcgavin free-kick wrapped up victory for the Suffolk outfit.
Once again, missed chances proved costly for the Pedlars with assistant boss Johnny Alflatt saying: "It was a story of two halves. We had full control of the first half but didn’t take our chances.
"We then conceded a penalty close to half-time. After that we were chasing the game and Walsham were far better in front of goal. We need to start taking our chances."
Elsewhere, a West Norfolk goalkeeper came out of retirement to help Newmarket Town continue their perfect start to the new campaign in the FA Cup.
Former King's Lynn Town goalkeeper Danny Gay came to the rescue of The Jockeys in the absence of regular custodian Alex Archer who was getting married.
The KES Academy teacher played between the posts as Newmarket triumphed 3-1 at United Counties League Premier Division South side Wellingborough Town.
Gay who featured in a friendly for Heacham recently, announced his playing days were over in May 2018, following two-and-a-half seasons with Step 3 Needham.
Gay, 38, started his career at Norwich City before joining Southend United.
He also featured for the likes Hornchurch, AFC Sudbury, Chelmsford City, Braintree Town and St Neots Town during a distinguished career in the non-league game.
The popular shotstopper has agreed to help out The Magpies in the Anglian Combination League this season, when needed.
In the Thurlow Nunn First Division North, Downham Town opened their campaign with a 1-0 victory at Framingham Town.
A Jack Prentice header separated the two sides at Badingham Road and on Wednesday night Downham will be looking to make it maximum points from their opening two games when they make the trip to Whittlesey Athletic.