Work to do for non-league duo Dereham Town and Fakenham Town

Danny Williams puts his head in during Fakenham Town's weekend defeat at Stanway. Picture: TONY MILE

Danny Williams puts his head in during Fakenham Town's weekend defeat at Stanway. Picture: TONY MILES - Credit: Archant

Dereham Town and Fakenham Town head into the weekend looking to build on slow starts to the season, writes Gavin Caney.

The Ryman League North Magpies eked out a fine 0-0 draw at goal-hungry Haringey Borough on Saturday but failed to build on it during their first home fixture of the new campaign.

A 1-0 defeat to AFC Sudbury on Tuesday evening was disappointing as they looked to try and make it four points out of a possible six.

The Magpies will aim to collect their first three-point haul – and open their goalscoring account for the 2015/16 campaign – on Saturday when they welcome relegated AFC Hornchurch. Defender Harry Barker will, once again, not be in Dereham's squad after completing an initial 28-day loan move to higher-level Lowestoft Town.

The Ghosts kickstart their latest attempt at a fairytale FA Cup run this weekend off the back of a midweek mauling.

Neil Jarvis' Fakenham had not been handed an easy start to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division – one level below where Dereham ply their trade. But while a 1-0 defeat at highly-rated Stanway Rovers during Saturday's opening weekend may have been acceptable, a 4-0 drubbing at Mildenhall Town three days later was not.

Focus now immediately turns to the prestigious national competition's extra preliminary round (£1,500 for winners) this weekend. Their same level opponents Huntingdon Town, of the United Counties League Premier Division, are also pointless after suffering back-to-back defeats.

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The Ghosts do not have a midweek fixture – unless they fail to see off their cup opponents inside 90 minutes. A replay would be held on either Tuesday or Wednesday.