Fakenham Town boss Anderson pleased with side’s summer improvement
Fakenham Town boss Wayne Anderson believes his side's pre-season progression points to them shaping up well for 2013/14.
The Ghosts have shown a game-by-game improvement since opening their run of friendlies with a 2-1 defeat at home to King's Lynn Town on July 13 before going down 3-1 to a Norwich City XI.
A 4-1 midweek defeat at the hands of an impressive AFC Sudbury team – who play in Ryman Division One North, two levels above Fakenham – was harsh but on Saturday Anderson's men collected a 1-1 draw at home to higher-level Norwich United in a match they dominated.
'To be fair, I thought we could have walked away with the result,' Anderson admitted. 'We looked comfortable up against a side that is in a league above us but that just proves how far we're coming this season.
'The players who stayed around from last season are still involved and new lads have come in like Matty Franks, who was superb when he came on against Norwich, and Robbie Harris is looking sharp. I don't think we will be too far away this season.'
The match itself saw very little of note in the first half other than minor injuries to Alex Walpole and Danny Williams, who were both withdrawn. Anderson is hopeful they will be fit for Saturday's friendly at home to Gorleston, who finished third in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division last season.
In the second period, however, Fakenham really took the game to their opponents, and could easily have been ahead shortly with Sam Garner twice being denied by visiting goalkeeper Ben Nower.
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The Ghosts continued in the ascendancy and got their reward 10 minutes from time through Kristian Jones, who took advantage when Nower spilled a shot from Jake Wiseman. Norwich equalised four minutes from time when Jordan Blyth raced clear and rounded Tom Rix before finishing from a narrow angle.
'I think we could have probably got away with 3-1 or even 4-1 there and in the second 45 minutes we probably had 40 minutes of play so it's looking good. The fans here clapped the players as they came off and it proves that the club is going forward,' said Anderson.
Fakenham were without Kyle Plumb and James Page, who were both on holiday, while Stephen Harvey was also unavailable. Anderson plans to use Saturday's penultimate friendly as an opportunity to really turn his thoughts towards the 2013/14 season. Fakenham finish their programme on Wednesday July 31 with a home fixture against Anglian Combination Premier Division side Norwich CEYMS.