Light at the end of Ghosts' tunnel

Fakenham Town Football club is back on an even keel. Following a crisis period when a shortage of players at the start of the season saw questions raised over the Ghosts being able to fulfil all their league demands, the club is now in a position to go forward.

Fakenham Town Football club is back on an even keel.

Following a crisis period when a shortage of players at the start of the season saw questions raised over the Ghosts being able to fulfil all their league demands, the club is now in a position to go forward.

Vice-chairman Paul Wright said this week that Terry Hill, the U18 side's manager, has taken over the Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination Division One side. Chris Evans, whom he had been helping with the Ridgeons League Division One side, will continue to run the senior team. “We are looking for experienced help for both of them,” said Wright.

“The only pressure now is to get things right. It's going to be a hard season, as long as people realise that. We're not putting pressure on anyone. I think we will come out stronger for the experience. We have learned a lot from it, and we must make sure it doesn't happen again. We are now looking for the right players in the right positions, then we will move forward.”

The senior team picked up their first league point of the season on Saturday, in a 0-0 draw at Great Yarmouth. Although the reserves had to pull out of their Mummery Cup tie at St Andrews because late call-offs reduced them to seven players, they are now in a position to fulfil their fixtures.

The A team played the reserves' opening league games, and although they suffered heavy defeats, clearly benefited from the experience of playing at a higher level, said Wright. On Saturday they beat West Lynn Riverside 7-0 in the North West Norfolk League.

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“Things are on an even keel. We've just got our first Ridgeons point and we will soon get our first win,” said Wright. He felt Hill's appointment would provide continuity between the U18 side and reserves, and he praised Evans' enthusiasm for the first team role. Neil Jarvis, a former club captain and manager, has been giving advice from the technical area and behind the scenes, and Wright said the younger players in particular had benefited from that.