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Fakenham Town striker is stepping up his Ghosts' comeback

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:15 05 September 2014

Kyle Plumb, Sam Garner behind.

Kyle Plumb, Sam Garner behind.

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Fakenham Town's reigning player of the season Kyle Plumb is edging closer towards a return to action.

Robbie Harris was in goalscoring form again for Fakenham Town on Saturday. Picture: TONY MILESRobbie Harris was in goalscoring form again for Fakenham Town on Saturday. Picture: TONY MILES

The powerful 27-year-old striker has not seen any action for the Ghosts since breaking his foot in May and subsequently also having minor surgery to clear up a niggling knee problem.

But Plumb, who won the supporters’ vote as the star for his 22 goals in the promotion-winning 2013/14 campaign, has started running again and is looking to step up his return to fitness in the next couple of weeks.

Manager Wayne Anderson said: “Plumby has been back out running and that’s great for him as it’s a step forward in his recovery.

“He has been getting a bit frustrated as he wants to be back out on the pitch with his mates, and getting involved in training, and it’s good to see that as it shows how keen he is to be back out there again.

Connor Walker wheels away in delight after scoring for Fakenham Town Reserves on Saturday. Picture: TONY MILESConnor Walker wheels away in delight after scoring for Fakenham Town Reserves on Saturday. Picture: TONY MILES

“We will be pushing things on a bit for him as he gets fitter and doing some ball work, and we hope to get him out doing a warm-up before a match which will be a real boost for everyone to be able to see him on the pitch again.

“We know what Plumby can do for us, he is a popular lad and it will be brilliant for everyone to have him back in the next few weeks.”

Plumb made his name initially in the non-league game as a strapping centre-back. He enjoyed spells with King’s Lynn Town and March Town United after being recognised as a leading figure in the grassroots scene in West Norfolk. Since his arrival at Clipbush Park however he has become recognised as a highly-rated frontman.

Leading the Ghosts’ scoring charts for the season so far is Robbie Harris, who had notched five in seven prior to last night’s Thurlow Nunn Premier Division game at home to Mildenhall Town.

Harris bagged 26 in his debut Clipbush Park campaign last season and added to this season’s tally with the opener in Saturday’s 2-1 success at Diss Town.

That came on 38 minutes and Dion Frary’s first senior goal arrived right on half-time before Jordan Rocastle got the home side back in it on 57 – though Fakenham saw it out for a fourth straight win.

Anderson said: “The boys showed great character and showed that we can mix it up, we don’t always have to play pretty football.

“I wouldn’t say we won the game comfortably but we look at things differently now because we’re in the Premier Division and to get 12 points from our first five games after coming up from the First Division, I would have taken that.”

The Ghosts are on the road on Saturday with a trip to Brantham Athletic, their last fixture before their first midweek off so far in 2014/15.

Their reserves are in home action on Saturday against Brandon Town (2.30pm) as they go in search of a third Anglian Combination Division Three win in a row. Last Saturday they beat North Walsham Reserves 2-1 at Clipbush Park thanks to Connor Walker’s brace.

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