Wanderers share a point with Fakenham
Not the greatest of matches but a good point away from home.
Fakenham away is a gargantuan trip, I think the mileage count was something like 74 but that’s only half the story as 50 of those are on 2 lane black top. It took a good hour and a half on the road to reach the home of the ghosts but it was well worth the effort. When we pulled into the drive it was clear that the circus was in town as the area around the ground had been dressed to look like the set of Octopussy. I began to wonder if I would have to diffuse a nuclear bomb whilst dressed as a clown, but then I began to feel slightly cheated as I would rather have been in one of the earlier scenes with Maud Adams who played Octopussy or maybe that little plane which emerged from a horse box.
Wanderers started the game very brightly and grabbed hold of the midfield, over the course of the first half they created more chances than the home side but sadly nothing was clear cut. The home keeper was forced into a few saves but these were academic, catching the ball on a rebound or gathering a half hit shot. The home side did have far fewer chances but of the three to four that occurred towards the end of the first half, Jack Spurling had to work hard in each case to prevent a goal, not to mention an off the line clearance by what looked like Goldy. Towards the end of the first half Jack in the Wanderers goal took a nasty knock and was down for a few minutes with the team around him, we wondered if we would need to put Darcy in goal as we did at Brantham but fortunately with some of Mick’s magic he was able to carry on.
The second half was a more even affair although it wasn’t without event. One or two chances cropped up at both ends but it didn’t look like the stalemate would be broken. Matt McKenzie was very lucky to stay on the pitch at one point, he tussled with one of the home players and caught the eye of the ref. in the post incident scuffle Heady waded in pushing a home player in a “You want some, Ill give it ya” fashion, but fortunately the referee saw fit to leave his cards in his pocket. David was also very unlucky to see a headed chance go wide and skim the post later on, when he rose above the home back line to meet a crossed ball. Matt also found himself in another major incident, this time ending up on the wrong end but winning a penalty. A lovely ball was curled just forward of the penalty spot however the home defender was not going to let Matt get anywhere near it hauling him to the ground, the ref pointed to the spot without hesitation. Sadly just like last season the uncontested kick at goal was wide of the mark.
The game ended 0-0 which was probably a fair result, Wanderers continue to show some late season form only losing to Norwich in the last few games.