Thurlow Nunn League: Fakenham aim to continue their revival

Sam Garner lobs the Long Melford keeper to score in Fakenham Town's weekend win. Picture: TONY MILES

Sam Garner lobs the Long Melford keeper to score in Fakenham Town's weekend win. Picture: TONY MILES - Credit: Archant

Attentions turn to the bottom half of the table in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division today, as Fakenham Town look to continue their revival.

The Ghosts lifted themselves off the bottom of the table last weekend when they beat Long Melford 3-1 at Clipbush Park, leaving Whitton United bottom of the pile.

Fakenham travel to Whitton today with the chance to cut the Ipswich side adrift at the foot of the table – and looking to bounce back from a dramatic defeat at Gorleston in the Norfolk Senior Cup in midweek.

Peter Lambert headed the Greens in front in the 23rd minute, on his 200th appearance for the club, only for Kyle Plumb to equalise for Fakenham seven minutes later.

The hosts reclaimed the lead before the break through Liam Brown but were reduced to 10 men in the 75th minute when Conna Harris brought down Plumb just as he was about to shoot and was sent off as the last man – but Plumb blazed the penalty over the crossbar.

Lee Day then grabbed a scrappy equaliser for Fakenham with three minutes of normal time remaining but 10-man Gorleston snatched the win when Keegan Middleton curled home a free-kick in the dying moments of the game, to set up a semi-final against Thetford in January.

Fakenham take on a Whitton side who have lost five consecutive league games, conceding 13 goals in the process.

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If that encounter were to end in a draw then Thetford could find themselves back at the bottom of the table, if they fail to return with points from their trip to FC Clacton.

The Brecklanders have lost their last two matches, since thrashing local rivals Swaffham 6-2 a fortnight ago.

Swaffham brought an end to a run of seven straight losses with a stabilising 1-1 home draw against Mildenhall last weekend but face a tough trip to second-placed Felixstowe and Walton United today.

Higher up the division, seventh-placed Kirkley & Pakefield welcome Brantham Athletic to Walmer Road, who sit just two places and one point behind them in the standings.

Gorleston are close behind in mid-table and will be looking for a third consecutive victory when they travel to Long Melford.

It's second against third in the First Division, as Great Yarmouth host Ely City at The Wellesley, looking to bounce back from defeat at Wroxham in the Norfolk Senior Cup on Tuesday.

The Bloaters lost 4-1 at Trafford Park, with Connor Deeks scoring their consolation. Ely are a point behind in the table but lost at Woodbridge last weekend and have played three more matches than Yarmouth.

Diss also have games in hand on the teams around them in the bottom half of the table and would leapfrog Haverhill Borough if they beat the Suffolk side by two goals at Brewers Green Lane.

Downham are also at home, hosting struggling Cornard United, who have lost 10 of their 16 matches so far this season.

King's Lynn Town Reserves could move up to second if they win at 12th-placed Debenham.

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