Harris to hand Fakenham Town a striking boost

A typically mazy run from Robbie Harris. Picture: Tony Miles

A typically mazy run from Robbie Harris. Picture: Tony Miles - Credit: Archant

Leading scorer Robbie Harris is set to return to the Fakenham Town squad for Saturday’s visit of FC Clacton.

The nine-goal striker has been out since before Christmas after breaking his hand in training but is back in the reckoning again ahead of the clash with the struggling Essex side.

Harris would have featured last Saturday against Kirkley & Pakefield had that clash not been postponed because of a frozen pitch and manager Wayne Anderson is looking forward to the headache he has now the 30-year-old is available.

Anderson said: “Robbie would have been involved against Kirkley as he had his plaster cast off a few days before the game.

“He said to me on the Friday night that he wanted to be a part of the squad if he could, which shows his devotion to the club, and he will be in the squad on Saturday.

“That’s a good headache to have as we have Kyle Plumb back now too – he started and did very well against Norwich United just after Christmas, and Ashley Jarvis has been tremendous for us too.”

That 3-0 defeat to leaders Norwich remains Fakenham’s last match with their two scheduled Thurlow Nunn Premier Division fixtures so far in 2015 having gone under with the weather.

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But the absence of action has worked out well in that Anderson now has a full squad to choose from for the first time this season.

“I had 20 players to choose from for the Kirkley game,” he added. “And whatever side we would have chosen would have also meant a very strong bench.

“We have a lot of good options at the moment and some players would have been really unlucky to miss out on the squad altogether.

“Now everyone is fit and available we have decisions all over the pitch and have a lot of competition for places.”

Despite not having played since the end of 2014, the Ghosts have dropped only one place in the Premier Division table to ninth after Gorleston edged above them via goal difference last weekend.

Clacton head to Clipbush Park third from bottom and on the back of two successive heavy defeats – 6-0 at Hadleigh United on January 10, and a remarkable 11-3 reverse at second-placed Godmanchester Rovers five days ago.

No new dates have yet been arranged for Fakenham’s visit to Stanway Rovers, which was called off on January 3, or the Kirkley & Pakefield clash.

The Ghosts’ reserves were without a fixture in Division Three of the Anglian Combination last weekend. Ben Pierce’s side remain eighth in the table and this Saturday travel to third-bottom Loddon United Reserves.