Now or never for Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division Fakenham Town's bid to stay up
PUBLISHED: 22:42 29 April 2016 | UPDATED: 22:43 29 April 2016
Fakenham Town's fight for Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division survival is set to go to the last day of the season, writes Tony Miles.
Thetford Town and Swaffham Town remain in danger of being overtaken by the Ghosts who sit 19th in the 20-team table with one game left to play – away at lower-half Walsham-le-Willows tomorrow.
Thetford played their final game in hand over the Ghosts on Tuesday evening when they lost 3-0 at FC Clacton, a result which keeps them level on points with Fakenham. The only thing separating the two sides is goal difference, with Thetford a solitary goal better off.
So in order for The Ghosts to pull off their great escape, it’s every man for himself tomorrow and Wayne Anderson’s boys need to win.
And ideally by a big margin, in the hope that either Thetford lose, or the Ghosts can outscore them to leapfrog them in the table – thus securing survival now it appears the relegation picture has possibly changed with title-winning Norwich United keen on taking promotion.
Confusion continues to reign about just how many teams will go down – initially said to be three but now possibly two – though with higher-level Wroxham finishing in the bottom three of their league and hoping for a relegation reprieve of their own.
One thing’s for sure though it that Fakenham manager Anderson will only let his players focus on the task in hand, and not let their minds wander to other teams scorelines – as recent results have proved, the latest being a 2-0 win against Haverhill Rovers at Clipbush Park on Saturday.
A first-half brace from Ghosts striker Kyle Plumb ultimately gave Fakenham their third win in five games, 11 points from 15, and a fighting chance of survival.
Just a few days earlier, the Ghosts had come from 3-1 down at half-time against Mildenhall Town at Clipbush Park to rescue a point.
Ashley Jarvis scored early in the first half last Wednesday, only to see the lead wiped out over the space of 15 minutes.
Jarvis then saw a second-half penalty saved by the keeper which strike partner Plumb followed up to score.
Jarvis then rifled home from a free-kick for the share of the spoils and a 3-3 draw.
Fakenham Town Reserves went down 2-1 at Costessey Sports.
They sit 12th in the Anglian Combination Division Three table and finish the league campaign at Clipbush Park on Saturday, when Hemsby visit. The game kicks off at 2.30pm.