FA Vase challenge for Ghosts

Fakenham Town must quickly overcome the disappointment of their frustrating exit from the FA Cup for their FA Vase visit to Debenham LC on Saturday.The Ghosts will have Jason Day, Danny Tanti and Carl Neal available again, but Nick Haynes will be on holiday.

Fakenham Town must quickly overcome the disappointment of their frustrating exit from the FA Cup for their FA Vase visit to Debenham LC on Saturday.

The Ghosts will have Jason Day, Danny Tanti and Carl Neal available again, but Nick Haynes will be on holiday. That leaves only striker Karl Pask of the senior squad not yet fit for action as he recovers from a hernia operation.

Debenham are fourth in Ridgeons One to Fakenham's third-bottom spot, but the Ghosts will be boosted by the workrate and some promising form in their last two games.

Fakenham Town 0, Boston Town 4


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Saturday's FA Cup tie was influenced by two key refereeing decisions, Fakenham fans being left with that “if only” feeling.

The Ghosts had strong claims for a third-minute penalty for hand-ball from Julian Delicata's shot turned down, the home forward booked for his protests.

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The Ghosts fell behind after 10 minutes. Paul Goodhand was allowed far too much time on the edge of the box to set up Mark Foster for a simple goal.

Fakenham supporters were hailing a 14th-minute equaliser but Liam Campbell's powerful header from a right-wing was ruled out for a push on a defender.

A 28th-minute Boston corner led to their second goal, Miles Mason firing home on the turn from 12 yards, again with suspiciously too much space.

At the other end Ben Darby broke through the Boston defence but slid his shot wide in the 40th minute when a goal might have changed the course of the tie.

Second half Fakenham keeper Daniel Stockdale made a fine low save before the Ghosts had two edge-of-area free-kicks. The first was hit into the wall, the follow-up shot going wide, and the second was hit tamely at the keeper.

Fakenham failed to cope with a 73rd minute corner, the ball falling kindly for Mason to crack home Boston's third. Two minutes later a Boston shot came back off the bar and Lazlo Lomas followed up with the visitors' fourth.

“They were two crucial decisions, they were the sort that change games,” said joint manager Stuart Woodhouse of the penalty and goal that never were.

He accepted the penalty, had it been given, might not have been converted. “But at 1-0 down it would have been a different kettle of fish for Boston.” He did not think that, for their higher status in the football pyramid, they were particularly good in defence.

Woodhouse felt everyone put in a lot of effort the previous Tuesday in the 1-1 home draw with March and on Saturday. “Everyone gave their all on a hot day, and it's always more difficult chasing a game on a hot day.”

He felt Kevin Whittred had an outstanding game for the Ghosts, and said generally the squad were not too disheartened. “The supporters are seeing lads who live in the town playing for Fakenham. That is what we (Woodhouse and Mark King) were asked to do, and that is what we are giving them.”

The cup tie was sponsored by Indespension.

Fakenham: Stockdale, Whittred, Woodhouse, Tagg, Haynes, Bamford, Cole, Betts, Darby, Delicata, Campbell. Subs used: Hooks, Critten; not used: Fenwick, King, Goff.

200 Club August winners: £100 G Chadwick, £60 D Utting, £40 M Alexander, £25 C Esposito, £25 Mrs T Woodhouse.

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