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Ghosts lose key striker

PUBLISHED: 10:18 29 October 2009 | UPDATED: 10:58 07 July 2010

Fakenham Town suffered a blow after their eighth successive league defeat on Saturday when striker Karl Pask said he was taking a break from the game.

Joint manager Stuart Woodhouse said Pask had sent him a text after Saturday's home defeat by Thetford, Pask's former club.

Fakenham Town suffered a blow after their eighth successive league defeat on Saturday when striker Karl Pask said he was taking a break from the game.

Joint manager Stuart Woodhouse said Pask had sent him a text after Saturday's home defeat by Thetford, Pask's former club.

The striker has found it increasingly difficult fitting in games around his night job.

Woodhouse admitted that the loss of Pask, and the last two results, had been disappointing. The Ghosts had expected something from the games against Ipswich Wanderers and Thetford, which ended in 2-1 and 2-0 defeats respectively.

On Saturday, Fakenham travel to Team Bury and on Wednesday they visit Kirkley & Pakefield in the League Challenge Cup first round.

Fakenham Town 0, Thetford Town 2

A meagre crowd of 34, the Ridgeons League's lowest, albeit by three, witnessed this derby defeat, and must have wondered where their first point of the season was coming from.

If you cannot beat clubs who are struggling around you, what are the chances of avoiding another wooden spoon? In previous defeats the Ghosts had shown plenty of spirit to make up for deficiencies, but that seemed sadly lacking in the damp of Clipbush Park, especially second half.

After Thetford asked the early questions, James Bamford had a shot blocked, a good tackle denied Darren West a chance from a fine ball from Karl Pask but Matt Dixon was given too much time to fire in a shot which came back off Sean Cooper's post then he tested the keeper with another.

A good right-wing cross was headed over the Thetford bar by West and Mark Betts shot at the keeper, but Fakenham were undone by conceding possession midfield in the 35th minute and standing off Simon Mann who ran through to pick his spot for the opener.

Just before half-time the Ghosts were within a whisker of equalising when Pask was asked to stretch just too far by Mark Betts' low ball across the face of goal.

Nick Tagg, Bamford and Kevin Whittred saw yellow cards second half and Fakenham rang the changes, bringing on three subs who included new defender Callum Richards. But the game was sealed when in the 80th minute Bamford's free-kick, which should have been launched into the box, rebounded off the defensive wall. It led to a swift counter and Dixon completing the move for the killer goal.

Fakenham: Cooper, Tagg, Day, Jensch (Richards 60), Whittred, Savory (Alamonis 60), Bamford, West (Haynes 78), Pask, Jake Betts, Mark Betts.

Fakenham Reserves are second bottom of Anglian Combination Division Three after a 4-3 defeat at Caister Reserves.

On Saturday they entertain Hempnall Reserves (2pm).

The Ghosts suffered another league defeat, their ninth on the trot, at March on Tuesday by 3-1.

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