Fakenham Town exited the FA Cup at the weekend going down to a one-goal goal defeat against Sleaford Town in the Extra Preliminary Round.
The only goal of the game came in the eighth minute when a Sleaford corner wasn’t cleared, and the visiting striker nodded the ball home.
The Ghosts rallied, and created chances of their own – the most prominent of the first half being a superb header from Kyle Plumb which the Sleaford keeper did well to tip over.
The second half belonged to Fakenham, with chance after chance being created to level things up – but it was to be a frustrating afternoon as The Ghosts lacked that final touch – literally.
Callum Brain twice stretched to meet the ball at the far post, Stephen Harvey had a similar chance and Sam Garner firing into the side netting after the keeper had fluffed a clearance.
The visitors had their captain sent off with a few minutes remaining, having clashed with Ghosts striker Kyle Plumb – a battle which had threatened to boil over throughout the majority of the match.
With the man advantage, albeit for a very short time, the onslaught on the Sleaford goal continued, with Ghosts goalkeeper Tommy Rix even making his way forward for a free-kick.
But ultimately the chances and pressure came to nothing and The Ghosts bowed out.
The main concern for Fakenham though will be for Matt Gilchrist who landed awkwardly and after lengthy treatment on his lower back spent the last 10 minutes or so sprawled out on the touchline – clearly in major discomfort.
That turned out to be a very busy time for the Fakenham physio as at about the same time Matty Dye was clattered by team-mate Rix punching clear and then Jack Barber was taken down in the centre circle, prompting more calls from The Ghosts bench for treatment.
There was no time for rest for Fakenham as they were quickly back in match action, with the visit of Great Yarmouth Town in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division last night – after the paper had gone to print.
While the First Team – who won their opening league game – travel to Felixstowe & Walton United on Saturday, Wymondham Town are the friendly opposition for the Ghosts’ reserve side as the management team of Dean Betts & Trevor Daniels prepare their side ahead of the Anglian Combination Division Three opener at Brandon Town next Saturday.