Fakenham and the power of positive thinking

Under pressure: Ghosts weekend goalscorer Robbie Harris comes in for some close attention. Photo: TO

Under pressure: Ghosts weekend goalscorer Robbie Harris comes in for some close attention. Photo: TONY MILES - Credit: Archant

Manager Wayne Anderson insists Fakenham Town will go to Godmanchester Rovers in a positive frame of mind on Saturday despite defeats in their last two matches.

He is encouraged by the way the Ghosts performed in their 2-1 loss at home to Felixstowe & Walton United at the weekend following the previous midweek’s dismal showing at Thetford Town.

Although the Felixstowe game ended in defeat thanks to one poor goal and one stunning strike, Fakenham had enough chances to have taken something and Anderson is feeling good ahead of Saturday’s Thurlow Nunn Premier Division trip to Cambridgeshire.

He said: “We have got to be careful when we go to Godmanchester but we will go there with a positive mindset after the way we performed against Felixstowe.

“We are going to lose more games this season and we are going to win some but if we can go to Godmanchester and give it everything there is no reason why we can’t get a result and bring something back with us.”

Fakenham have already played Godmanchester once in the league this season, losing 4-0 at Clipbush Park, although they were in the game for the first half before shipping four goals after the break.

Anderson is expecting his players to compete as they did against Felixstowe with Robbie Harris having opened the scoring on eight minutes with a superb solo effort that was quickly cancelled out by Ryan Birchfield’s equaliser, and a tremendous 25-yard free kick from Bradley Barber won it for the visitors on 36 minutes.

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Anderson said: “There were a lot of positives from the game and for their coach Danny Bloomfield to say that if we play like that for the rest of the season there’s no reason why we won’t be in mid-table was delightful.”

Matty Dye should be available at Godmanchester following an ankle injury while Lee Day is getting closer to fitness after his own ankle problem and played for Leverington last weekend to get some minutes under his belt.

The Godmanchester trip is the start of a busy week that then sees the Ghosts host Kirkley & Pakefield on Wednesday (7.45pm) in the first round of the League Cup.

Fakenham’s reserves, after a 3-2 win at Caister Reserves in the Cyril Ballyn Cup thanks to Ricky Claxton’s hat-trick, return to Anglian Combination Division Three action on Saturday at home to Swaffham Town Reserves (2.30pm).

And on Thursday the club’s under-18s continue their FA Youth Cup campaign in the third qualifying round away to Wroxham (7.45pm) – with a first-round tie at home to AFC Wimbledon up for grabs.

Further ahead, the club are running a supporters’ bus to the FA Vase first round fixture at Irchester United on Saturday November 1. Places cost £10 and can be booked by calling Bill Clayton on 07584 672201 or Paul Chilvers on 07544 651815.