Football: New signings give Fakenham Town manager a big boost


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Fakenham Town manager Andy Cunningham has hailed the immediate impact of his recent signings, ahead of his side’s Thurlow Nunn Premier Division clash with Newmarket Town on Saturday.

Former King’s Lynn Town Reserves winger Adam Reeve made his debut for the Ghosts against Brantham Athletic at the weekend with former Wroxham striker Ryan Fuller coming off the bench for his first appearance in amber and black.

Despite falling to a 1-0 defeat to the Blue Imps, Cunnigham thought there were plenty of positives for his side to take after a much-improved performance.

“I thought the performance against Brantham was excellent and again the new faces came into the squad and had an immediate impact,” he said.

“We bought three new faces into the side at Gorleston last Tuesday (a 2-0 defeat) and another two on Saturday and they have all settled really well and helped bolster the squad.

“It is not just about what they do on the pitch, but they have had a big impact across the whole squad because when new faces come in and you have got that bit of strength in depth everyone starts to look over their shoulder and people up their game to keep their place.

“We are definitely making progress and having a squad with a strong bench and plenty of options is a big part of that.

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“Brantham are a good side and we were unlucky not to get anything out of the game - it was the best performance I have seen from the boys since taking charge.

“We need to take the positives from the Brantham game into our game with Newmarket on Saturday, We have given ourselves something to build on and now need to use it to start getting points on the board and climbing the table.”

Newmarket will provide more tough opposition, standing as they do seventh in the table.

The Ghosts’ second string booked their place in the semi-finals of the Norfolk Junior Cup last Friday, evening with Joe Harrison scoring the only goal of the game as they overcame North East Norfolk League outfit Runton United.

The draw for the semi-finals of the competition takes place on Radio Norfolk tomorrow evening.