Fakenham Town suffer FA Cup defeat at the hands of Holbeach United
Holbeach Utd 2 Fakenham Town 0
Fakenham Town suffered FA Cup misery in their extra preliminary round clash at Holbeach on Saturday.
First-half goals from Jack Smith and captain Spencer Tinkler saw the Ghosts lose 2-0 at their United Counties Premier Division, writes Nigel Chapman.
Holbeach were on the front foot from the off, with Fakenham goalkeeper Tom Coombe forced to make last-gasp blocks with his legs to deny Jonny Lockie and Ryan Oliver.
The Ghosts’ shotstopper was relieved to see a looping Oliver header come back off a post.
The Norfolk side had not fashioned much before Jack Smith – who struck the dramatic last-minute winner at Boston – finished in similar style on 20 minutes.
From a Fakenham corner, the Tigers broke quickly down their right through Lockie.
Driving to the edge of the area, he squared for Smith, who stepped inside his marker and smashed home right-footed.
Holbeach’s second goal on 39 minutes was even better. Adam Jackson switched play from left to right by picking out Josh Ford.
The full-back strode on and lifted the ball to Oliver, who nodded into the path of Tinkler to prod home from ten yards. The second half was much less potent from a Holbeach point of view as the Ghosts grew into the tie.
Goalkeeper Ricky Drury had to snuff out efforts from George Whitmore and Callum Brain.