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Fakenham's losing run ends but they slip further into danger

PUBLISHED: 16:52 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:52 25 March 2018

Wroxham's Marcus Wilkinson (blue) tangles with Kyle Plumb.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Wroxham's Marcus Wilkinson (blue) tangles with Kyle Plumb. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Fakenham Town slipped another place down the Premier Division table, despite ending a dismal run of defeats against Wroxham.

Shane Akers, left, celebrates his goal with Fakenham team-mate Ricky Claxton.
 Picture: ANTONY KELLYShane Akers, left, celebrates his goal with Fakenham team-mate Ricky Claxton. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Fakenham Town slipped another place down the Premier Division table, despite ending a dismal run of defeats against Wroxham.

The Ghosts went into the Norfolk derby game on the back of nine defeats in a row, leaving them precariously placed at the wrong end of the table.

But a point from a 1-1 draw with Jamie Godbold’s Yachtsmen could make the world of difference come the end of the season – even though they are now second-bottom, having been leapfrogged by Ipswich Wanderers, 2-1 home winners over Kirkley & Pakefield.

Wroxham had the better of the first half at Clipbush Park, but Fakenham went ahead just before half-time when Ricky Claxton found Shane Akers and the defender’s left-foot flew into the top corner. The visitors continued to pile on the pressure after the break and were rewarded on the hour when Robbie Sweeney’s low cross found Adam Smith, who flicked the ball home.

Fakenham's Lewis Sturman, right, and Robbie Sweeney. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYFakenham's Lewis Sturman, right, and Robbie Sweeney. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Kirkley went two down to goals either side of the break, before pulling one back through Liam Harvey-Cooper on 70 minutes.

Gorleston, who drew 1-1 at Newmarket, were without a number of players, including Jackson Ramm, whose hamstring injury could see him miss the rest of the season.

Greens keeper Scott Foreman saved a penalty in just the fifth minute, but the Jockeys went ahead two minutes before the break. Gorleston got a deserved equaliser 10 minutes into the second half when a long ball from defence, aimed at Ross Gilfedder, was headed back towards his own goalkeeper by Jacob Partridge, but lacked pace and direction. Gilfedder kept running, got to the ball first and poked it home.

Neighbours Great Yarmouth drew 0-0 at home to seventh-placed Stanway Rovers. A proverbial game of two halves was summed up by Bloaters joint manager Martyn Sinclair, who said: “It was pleasing to dominate for almost an hour against a good side that sat 10 places above us in the table, but we had to be on our toes to keep them out in the last half hour. Overall a decent point and performance for us, which should give us confidence going into the busy Easter period.”

Fakenham's Lewis Sturman challenges for possession. 
Picture: ANTONY KELLYFakenham's Lewis Sturman challenges for possession. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

In the First Division, Swaffham dropped precious points in a 2-1 defeat at Halstead, Alan Woodcock getting a late consolation goal.

Norwich CBS lost 2-1 at AFC Sudbury, Diss drew 2-2 at Downham, and King’s Lynn Reserves Little Oakley 7-0.

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