Anderson wants to see Fakenham maintain push
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Fakenham Town will be urged to show their 'bounce-back-ability' when they entertain Gorleston this afternoon.
The Ghosts have been an impressive addition to the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division this season following promotion last summer and, sitting in a healthy eighth position, are able to dismiss the possibility of relegation with three months of the season still remaining.
A good start to the campaign included a 4-3 win at Gorleston, but Fakenham's success has also been built on an ability to respond after defeat – and they go into today's game on the back of a 4-3 loss at seventh-placed Felixstowe & Walton United a week ago.
Boss Wayne Anderson is delighted with the season – but is demanding a string finish.
'That game away to Gorleston showed back then we were capable of getting results against the top teams, even though we had only just been promoted,' he said.
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'We were on a good run at the time and made an excellent start, but what has been very good since then is that we haven't dropped off and slipped away from a good position.
'You're always going to win games and lose games after getting promoted but when we have been beaten we have usually bounced back quickly which is why we are in the top eight going into February.
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'That's a brilliant achievement and with three months to go we aren't worried about not staying in the division so we have got to now go out and keep our levels up between now and May.
'We are where we are because of the hard work of everyone in the squad and that's the way it has to continue to be as there is still a lot of football to be played.'
Gorleston simply want some consistency: the Greens have won only one of their last eight league games and sit 11th in the table.
Thetford Town could end the day just a point behind, but they will need to win at seventh-placed Newmarket Town, while Diss will want to show more signs of recovery when they entertain neighbours Walsham-le-Willows. The Tangerines appear to be finding their feet under new boss Mark Reeve but have work to do – they are second from bottom, five points behind Clacton but from six games more.
Fifth-placed Kirkley & Pakefield, unbeaten in their last five under caretaker boss Marty Hubble, will hope to follow up a 5-0 win at Haverhill last weekend when they entertain Mildenhall Town.
In the First Division, Great Yarmouth Town are nicely poised for a promotion push – and February could be kind to them, with five consecutive home games, league and cup. This afternoon, AFC Sudbury are the visitors.
Should the Bloaters slip up, they could find themselves overtaken by King's Lynn Town Reserves, two places and two points behind. The Linnets travel to third-placed Debenham LC, Dereham Reserves are at home to Woodbridge, Downham are at Stowmarket and Swaffham welcome Needham Market Reserves.