Learning curve for promoted Fakenham Town

Tommy Rix makes a fine save to keep the score down. Picture: TONY MILES

Tommy Rix makes a fine save to keep the score down. Picture: TONY MILES - Credit: Archant

Fakenham Town will go into Saturday’s visit to Walsham le Willows looking to bring to an end a run of three successive defeats – all without scoring a goal.

The Ghosts’ brilliant opening to life back in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division has been checked of late with their losing sequence, which was extended on Saturday with a 4-0 reverse at home to Godmanchester Rovers.

The nature of the defeat was of concern to manager Wayne Anderson owing to the way his side lost their way after conceding the first goal two minutes into the second half – while they failed to have a serious shot on target during the 90 minutes.

Anderson accepts that his side will have good and bad days this season, but he says they must also learn to deal better with adversity.

He said: “We need to learn fast. It’s easy to say we need to learn not to concede but we are going to concede goals in the Premier Division.

“We will win some games and we will lose some games, that is the step up, and we know that if we finish in mid-table we will be happy and I’m sure we will get things right

“But when we play against the better sides we have got to learn to compete and when we do go a goal or two behind, to not then concede more. Our heads went down against Godmanchester and we also didn’t get too many shooting opportunities as we were on our heels a lot so we need to get out of that and get back to winning ways, and start getting those opportunities again.

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“Going three games without a goal is a big concern because of how well we have been doing but we have got Robbie Harris and Ben Boyce, and we know they have goals in them.”

Walsham were also beaten 4-0 at home on Saturday, to Wivenhoe Town, and are among the struggling sides at the bottom of the table.

The versatile Alex Walpole could return at Walsham for his first senior game of the season following a foot injury.

Walpole got some match action under his belt on Saturday for the Ghosts’ reserves, who won 4-1 at Hickling in the first round of the Norfolk Junior Cup with the goals coming from Connor Walker, Ashley Jarvis, Ricky Claxton and an own goal.

Ben Pierce’s side are in cup action again this Saturday when they host Costessey Sports in the Cyril Ballyn Cup for a 2.30pm kick-off at Clipbush Park.

And the club’s under-18s are in FA Youth Cup first qualifying round action on Monday, also at Clipbush Park, against Long Melford (7pm).