Ghosts ending in style

SATURDAY sees Faken-ham Town's last home league game of the season, against Godmanchester (3pm). Before kick-off the supporters' player of the season will be presented with his trophy.

SATURDAY sees Faken-ham Town's last home league game of the season, against Godmanchester (3pm). Before kick-off the supporters' player of the season will be presented with his trophy.

On Tuesday night the Ghosts continued their run of late season form with a 3-3 draw at March, the goals coming from Mark Critten, Ben Darby and Julian Delicata.

After spending most of the season propping up the league, Fakenham are now showing promotion form having got an established squad together.

Managers Mark King and Stuart Woodhouse are already laying plans for next season.

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FC Clacton 2, Fakenham Town 2

The Fakenham squad made the long journey to Clacton on Saturday missing several key players - Delicata, Haynes, Woodhouse and Bamford - but with joint manager Mark King playing up front the Ghosts put in a determined performance and felt denied a win by controversial decisions.

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Clacton had the best of the early exchanges against a Fakenham a bit sluggish after such a long trip. They blazed a couple of half-chances over the bar after some good play but couldn't open up the Ghosts' defence completely, writes Kieran Bacon.

As Fakenham adjusted to the pace of the game they began making chances, with King going very close. A Fakenham corner was cleared as far as Bacon, who did well to whip in a dangerous ball from the left. King showed agility that belied his age to divert the low cross towards the bottom corner, bringing a great save from the keeper.

Clacton made the breakthrough thanks to a goal from crowd favourite Hillier on 32 minutes. A long, diagonal ball deep into the box floated just over Stockdale's reach onto the foot of a Clacton forward who squared the ball to Hillier. Strong appeals for offside were ignored by the referee.

However, Fakenham equalised 10 minutes later after a mistake from the Clacton central defender allowed the ball to bounce over him under pressure from Ben Darby. The striker took full advantage, using all of his strength to get beyond the defender and place his shot under the goalkeeper.

The second half was a fiery affair with opportunities for both sides, the best one falling to Clacton. A shot on the turn from six yards was headed off the line superbly by Critten.

Fakenham took the lead from a well-taken corner by Critten which was headed powerfully into the back of the net by John Connolly. It was a brilliant header which gave the keeper no chance.

With only 10 minutes remaining Clacton scored a controversial equaliser. A cross was cut out by keeper Stockdale, who couldn't gather it first time. As he grabbed the ball with both hands on the second attempt a Clacton player came in to kick it out of his grasp and into the net. The goal stood despite Fakenham protests. The team dug in to claim a good away point to go into Tuesday's game at March full of confidence.

King believed the team deserved all three points. “We battled hard and took our chances, but they got two decisions that in the end cost us.” Fellow boss Woodhouse also praised the team's spirit. “The lads did well and showed that we have a good squad capable of matching any team in this division.”

Team: Daniel Stockdale, Ian Raisbury, Martin Fenwick, Matthew Garrod, Kieran Bacon, John Connolly, Kevin Whittred, Tom Bryant, Mark Critten, Ben Darby, Mark King Subs; Andrew Morgan, Chris Cracknell.

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