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Late Plumb goal seals first win of the season for Fakenham Town

PUBLISHED: 08:41 31 August 2017

Fakenham Town boss Robbie Harris saw his side win for the first time this season last night. Picture: Ian Burt

Fakenham Town boss Robbie Harris saw his side win for the first time this season last night. Picture: Ian Burt

Fakenham Town finally got their season up and running on Tuesday evening with a dramatic 2-1 win against Ely City at Clipbush Park.

Kyle Plumb struck in the 90th minute to put the smile back on the Ghosts’ faces after a poor start to the season which had seen them bow out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle and lose their opening five league games while scoring just one goal.

Fakenham were made to work very hard for all three points, at times riding their luck, and relying on the agility of keeper Tommy Rix to keep their high-flying visitors at bay.

With just five minutes on the clock, a ball into the box from new signing Ross Brewster was turned into his own net by defender Tom Williams.

Ely then equalised with just under 20 minutes left and that gave the visitors a new lease of life as they looked to continue their good start to the season, pushing forward for the winning goal.

But it was to be Fakenham’s night, as Plumb slotted home after the Ely keeper had reacted smartly to keep out a shot, with injury time looming at the end of the second half.

A defeat was perhaps a little harsh on Ely, as they’d had their chances, but for the first time this season the Ghosts had got something out of a game they’d at times dominated.

The win, which takes Robbie Harris’s men off of the foot of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division table, followed on from a 3-0 away defeat against Hadleigh United on Saturday.

Aaron Bull opened the scoring on the half hour mark, with Michael Barwick doubling the home side’s advantage midway through the second half and Bull completing the scoring late on.

Up next for the Ghosts is a trip to Brantham Athletic, who have only lost one of the first six league games, on Saturday aftenoon (3pm).

Fakenham’s Reserve side, several of whom featured in Tuesday’s first team win, continued their fine start to Anglian Combination Division Two life with a 4-2 win at Brandon Town on Saturday, with goals coming from Ben Darby (2), Ricky Claxton and Tom East.

That win had followed a 6-0 home win against local rivals Wells Town last Wednesday, with goals from Ben Darby (3), Callum Brain (2) and Carlos Greeves. The side have no fixture this weekend.

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