Fakenham Town aim to start firing again in Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

ON THE BALL: Kirkley and Pakefield versus Fakenham at Walmer Road. Pictures: MICK HOWES.

ON THE BALL: Kirkley and Pakefield versus Fakenham at Walmer Road. Pictures: MICK HOWES. - Credit: Archant

Boss Wayne Anderson is backing his Fakenham Town players to find their scoring boots again following a run of three games without a goal, writes Gareth Davis.

The Ghosts haven’t found the target in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division since their last-minute winner at Whitton United on February 14 – meaning an entire calendar month will have elapsed by the time they welcome Brantham Athletic to Clipbush Park this Saturday. They have certainly had their chances in that time, particularly when losing 1-0 at Kirkley & Pakefield in their most recent outing, leaving Anderson not unduly concerned.

He said: “We haven’t scored lately but I’m encouraged by the chances we are creating – if we weren’t getting into goalscoring positions then I would be worried, but we are doing and I know the goals will start to come again.

“What we have got to do though, and I’ve said this to the boys a few times this season, is be more ruthless when we do get the chances because if you don’t take your chances when they come along it is going to cost you and that’s been happening in the last couple of weeks. It’s not a case of piling the pressure for scoring just on the strikers because it’s something that has to come from across the squad.

“This group of players is more than capable of scoring goals regularly in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and they have already shown that this season so I know we’ll be knocking them in again soon.”

Frontmen Robbie Harris (11 in league) and Ashley Jarvis (6) are Fakenham’s leading scorers this season with 12 and eight respectively in all competitions.

Fakenham slipped to 10th in the table following Saturday’s loss at fifth-placed Kirkley but they will be looking to move back towards the top eight, where they have spent most of the campaign, when they take on Brantham, 13th, this weekend.

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Fakenham’s reserves, meanwhile, picked up a 3-0 win at home to Downham Town Reserves to strengthen their grip on fifth place in Division Three of the Anglian Combination.

Jacob Doy’s first goal for the second string was added to by Connor Walker and Jake Wiseman to set up Saturday’s visit to 11th-placed Brandon Town (2.30pm).