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Ghosts must cut out mistakes

PUBLISHED: 08:50 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:29 07 July 2010

Fakenham Town travel to Thetford tomorrow night (Friday 7.45pm) looking to eliminate defensive mistakes which are costing them goals.

They have time to find form ahead of the November 22 home Norfolk Senior Cup fourth round tie with Loddon United.

Fakenham Town travel to Thetford tomorrow night (Friday 7.45pm) looking to eliminate defensive mistakes which are costing them goals.

They have time to find form ahead of the November 22 home Norfolk Senior Cup fourth round tie with Loddon United. The Anglian Combination Premier Division high-flyers knocked the Ridgeons One Ghosts out of the competition last season.

On Tuesday night, Fakenham face a Ridgeons League Cup trek to Premier Division neighbours Dereham Town, writes John Cushion.

Godmanchester Rovers 7, Fakenham Town 2

The Ghosts looked like giving table-toppers Rovers a run for their money second half as they salvaged pride after their first-half efforts left them 4-0 down.

After pulling back to 4-2, Fakenham striker Ben Darby had a penalty kick saved, aa repeat of first-half mistakes at the back led to Rovers adding three more goals to go top of a first division table now anchored by Fakenham.

They have one point from eight games, two points adrift of Swaffham, three behind Downham and four fewer than tomorrow night's hosts, Thetford.

A Fakenham side missing striker Karl Pask, who could not travel and played for the reserves in their 2-1 home defeat by Oulton Broad & Notleys, looked dead and buried at half-time.

“We are naïve at the back,” admitted joint manager Stuart Woodhouse. “Out of the goals scored against us, four were silly, silly mistakes.”

At 4-0 down the Ghosts were asked to play for their pride and responded with goals from sub Nick Haynes and an own goal before a push on Adam Woodhouse led to the penalty which was saved.

In many positions Fakenham are as good, player for player, as many sides in the division, but a tighter approach at the back must quickly be adopted to avoid another season of struggle.

Fakenham Town A went out of the Ben Smith Memorial Cup 4-1 at home to Cockers.

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