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Fakenham Town preparing for big night out at Carrow Road

PUBLISHED: 07:07 18 May 2017

The Harleston Town box under siege as Fakenham attack during the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final at the FDC, which they won on penaltes. Picture: Fakenham Town FC

The Harleston Town box under siege as Fakenham attack during the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final at the FDC, which they won on penaltes. Picture: Fakenham Town FC

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Fakenham Town are all set to take to the turf at Carrow Road on Monday evening in the final of the Norfolk Senior Cup.

The Ghosts celebrate clinching a final date at Carrow Road after winning a penalty dshoot-out against Harleston. Picture: Fakenham FCThe Ghosts celebrate clinching a final date at Carrow Road after winning a penalty dshoot-out against Harleston. Picture: Fakenham FC

It will be the first time the Ghosts have played at the home of the Canaries in 18 years, their last appearance coming at the end of the 1998-1999 season when they beat Swaffham Town 4-2 to lift the trophy for the seventh time.

The Ghosts, who finished 15th in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, face King’s Lynn Town, who ended their season in the Evo-Stik Premier League in 13th place.

In charge of the Linnets is former Norwich City defender Ian Culverhouse, who joined the club in February.

Having been given 10 days off after their league campaign came to an end, Fakenham’s squad are now back in training, and their last session takes place on Saturday morning, before the big game two days later.

There have been managerial changes towards the end of the season for both sides, and the Ghosts will be under the caretaker guidance of Neil Jarvis for the final after the club parted company with Wayne Anderson soon after their semi-final penalty shoot-out success over Anglian Combination outfit Harleston Town.

A new first feam manager will be announced in due course in readiness for a busy summer assembling a side for the 2017-2018 season.

Kick-off at Carrow Road is at 7.30pm, with admission prices of £7 (adults) and £4 (concessions). Tickets will only be available from the turnstiles on the night.

The Ghosts’ coach leaves Clipbush Park at 6pm for those travelling with the club, and will return shortly after the game finishes.

Fakenham’s run to the final got under way back in October when they recorded an impressive 2-0 home win over high-flying Gorleston.

They then beat Sterry Cup holders Acle United by the same scoreline before a controversial tie with Diss Town in the quarter-finals. Despite winning the original match the Ghosts were ordered to play it again after it emerged they had inadvertently fielded two ineligible players.

It was a decision that angered the club but they travelled to Diss again and won 2-1 to set up the clash with Harleston at the FDC, which ended 1-1 after extra-time.

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