Thetford let it slip after making dream start

Action from Fakenham Town's defeat to Felixstowe & Walton United, Matt Franks chasing the ball. Pict

Action from Fakenham Town's defeat to Felixstowe & Walton United, Matt Franks chasing the ball. Picture: Tony Miles - Credit: Tony Miles

The spotlight turns on the Premier Division basement battle as fans enjoy the chance to watch four matches in a day.

The Thurlow Nunn League's latest 'Groundhopper Event' began on Friday night when Walsham le Willows hosted Thetford Town in a relegation six-pointer.

The match was won 5-2 by the hosts, despite Lewis Standley putting Town 1-0 up early on.

Walsham were 4-1 ahead by the interval and stretched their lead still further before Town pulled one back. A late red card for Sam Bond completed Thetford's misery.

The focus remains on the lower reaches of the table today, after a dip into the First Division, for supporters who like to take in as much non-league football at different stadiums as possible.

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After the midday kick-off at Stowmarket Town, where the second tier mid-table club welcome Woodbridge Town, the next action involves struggling Fakenham Town.

The Ghosts are in desperate need of a victory to boost their chances of escaping the bottom three before the end of the season. But it won't be easy come 3pm when they take visit 10th-placed Hadleigh United.

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Wayne Anderson's Fakenham were beaten 2-0 last time out at home to Felixstowe & Walton United but the Ghosts' manager found plenty of positives in his side's display.

He said: 'We had a very makeshift side and although we ultimately lost, we put in a decent shift against a good side. The lads that came in played out of their skins, and showed what they are capable of.'

Such was the extent of the Ghosts' injury worries that Anderson was close to including himself in the squad.

'I've been playing veteran's football, so I'd like to think I'm fairly sharp – I certainly think I could have given a half if needed,' he added.

The 24-hour feast begins to wind down at 6pm when basement boys Whitton United entertain Brantham Athletic.

At the other end of the standings, league-leaders Norwich United take on Ipswich Wanderers in the semi-professional game's version of the East Anglian derby. The Planters are currently seven points clear at the top with a game in hand.

Gorleston host Mildenhall Town while Kirkley & Pakefield entertain Saffron Walden Town.

In the First Division, Great Yarmouth Town, second, entertain March Town United. King's Lynn Town Reserves, fourth, will aim to keep up the pressure on the top three by picking up three points at Haverhill Borough.

Elsewhere, Downham Town host Debenham LC and Dereham Town Reserves visit their Leiston counterparts.

United Counties League Premier Division Wisbech Town welcome sixth-placed Kirby Muxloe – a side they won 3-0 at in late January. Wisbech, ninth, haven't lost in eight matches and extended their unbeaten run in midweek by drawing 3-3 at Sleaford Town.

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