Spirited Ghosts deserved more
ONE point over Easter could have been four had Fakenham Town enjoyed a bit more luck which their battling per-formances deserved.A post denied Karl Pask a derby hat-trick in Monday's 2-2 draw at Swaffham, and on Saturday promotion certs Hadleigh snatched an untidy winner in time added on after Pask had put the Ghosts deservedly level from a 78th minute penalty, writes John Cushion.
ONE point over Easter could have been four had Fakenham Town enjoyed a bit more luck which their battling per-formances deserved.
A post denied Karl Pask a derby hat-trick in Monday's 2-2 draw at Swaffham, and on Saturday promotion certs Hadleigh snatched an untidy winner in time added on after Pask had put the Ghosts deservedly level from a 78th minute penalty, writes John Cushion.
On Saturday, a Fakenham side looking destined for the Ridgeons first division wooden spoon, are at home to fourth-placed Halstead.
Swaffham 2, Fakenham 2
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Derby honours ended even on Tuesday, all the goals coming in the opening 22 minutes, the Pedlars twice coming from behind.
The Ghosts took an eighth-minute lead when a corner was cleared as far as Pask on the edge of the area, from where he rifled home. Two minutes later a corner led to Paul Shafer equalising from close range.
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Pask restored the Ghosts' lead after 17 minutes, hooking a shot home from the left of the area into the far right of the goal. But in the 22nd minute the visitors' defence stood watching from a throw-in and David Weaver-Pope ran through unchallenged to equalise.
In the second half, Fakenham saw Jason Day's shot from distance tipped over the bar by Lee Brookes, and Pask went within a whisker of completing his hat-trick, hitting a post at the end of one of the moves of the match. Swaffham, too, had chances in an open game.
Fakenham: Cracknell, Tagg, Raisbury, Jensch, Day, Bamford, Haynes, Bryant, Pask, M Betts, Cole. Subs: J Betts, Felton, King.
Against Hadleigh on Saturday, Mark Betts regretted not doing better with an early chance when Craig Payne took advantage of slack play in the home defence after 14 minutes.
Just after the break, under-16 player Jake Betts did the hard bit by getting round the keeper to the left of goal, but his shot ballooned over an empty net.
Pask earned and converted a penalty equaliser, only for Chris Williams to scramble a late winner.
Fakenham: Cracknell, Tagg, Jansch, A Woodhouse, Bamford, Bryant, Haynes, Cole, Pask, M Betts, J Betts. Subs Raisbury, Day, Felton, King.