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Fakenham Town skipper hopes to avoid another FA Vase shoot-out

Midfielder Matty Franks aims to defeat Binfield in regulation time but insists Fakenham Town are ready for another nervy penalty shoot-out.

The Ghosts have already relied on spot-kicks to see them through three or their five matches in this season’s competition.

And with a place in the last 16 at stake, the Fakenham skipper is ready to take it to the wire if needed in another shoot-out – although he is unlikely to be at the top of the list for taking one.

Fakenham Town skipper Matty Franks. Picture: Alan Palmer. (46207860)
Fakenham Town skipper Matty Franks. Picture: Alan Palmer. (46207860)

Franks told the Lynn News: McLean said: “Of course penalties are a possibility, there is no doubt about that.

“We would like to get it done before then, but if it needs penalties then we will take it.

“I’m not sure that my nerves will be able to handle another shoot-out but our first list of five takers is very good.

“That first list of five doesn’t include myself and I’m hoping that I won’t be required to take one.

“We’ve also got a very good young goalkeeper in Tom Coombe and that always helps if it does go to penalties.”

Franks has been a regular on the local non-league circuit, after starting out with King’s Lynn Town Reserves at the age of 15.

As well two spells with the Ghosts and Lynn’s second string, he has also featured for Downham Town.

Fakenham Town were top of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North when the league season was called to a halt in February.

But according to Franks, their remarkable cup run, which has included the scalps of two higher-league teams, has given the players something to focus on.

“Our cup run has been a blessing in disguise after what happened in the league,” he admitted.

“The management team of Andy (Cunningham) and Neil (Jarvis) compliment each other well and the spirit in the dressing room is really good.

“The turning point for us in this competition was the victory over Hashtag as they were one of the favourites to go on to win it.

“On our day if we play as well as we can do then we can give anyone a good game. I’ve got high hopes of reaching Wembley, we’ve got nothing to fear.”

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