Win delight for Ghosts

Fakenham Town might not want their season to end on Saturday after recent promises were fulfilled on Tuesday night with their second league win of the season.

Fakenham Town might not want their season to end on Saturday after recent promises were fulfilled on Tuesday night with their second league win of the season.

A determined performance saw them win their home derby with Swaffham 3-2 after weeks of improved performances which failed to bring the results they deserved.

Skipper Stephen Harvey shot them into a third-minute lead but the Pedlars equalised on 11 minutes and led 2-1 after 54.

On the hour, Dan Savory capped a good display by rifling home the Ghosts' equaliser before sub Tom McCarthy skipped into the area to fire home an 87th minute winner which sparked celebrations among the home fans.


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The Ghosts complete their season on Saturday at home to Cornard. Before the match the supporters' player of the season award will be made.

Great Yarmouth Town 2, Fakenham Town 1

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The Ridgeons League's bottom team, the Ghosts, gave their former manager Paul Tong's promoted Bloaters a scare when they took the lead early second half on Saturday.

Fakenham's performance was typical of the revival which has taken place under Wayne Anderson.

They have tightened up their defence under the influence of such players as Lee Hyde and Mat Gilchrist but are missing the cutting edge of strikers who left the club ahead of Anderson's arrival, frustrated by lack of service up front.

Yarmouth, unbeaten at home in the league this season, after a goalless first half when they spurned five good chances, saw the Ghosts go ahead five minutes into the second period.

With the Bloaters pressing for a goal, a Scott Woodcock shot hit the Fakenham bar, and when it was cleared upfield Daryll Rose ran through a sparse home defence to fire past Michael Hilton.

Fakenham, without an away win all season, grew in confidence and Hyde then shot wide.

But in the 67th minute the Bloaters drew level when another Woodcock shot hit the bar but this time bounced down and spun into the net.

The home crowd drew a collective breath of relief and then went wild when Yarmouth found an 80th-minute winner from that old master Stewart Roach.

Tong, well aware of the Fakenham spirit, had warned this was going to be a tough game.

'They've always been a bit of a bogey side to Yarmouth even when they've fallen on hard times.

'They played very well today, but we also made it difficult for ourselves.'

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