FOOTBALL: An important 3-0 victory over Long Melford at the Memorial Field at the weekend saw Downham Town move off the bottom of the Thurlow Nunn League Division One Table.

 It was only their third win of the season in 24 league games and came in new manager Mark Reeve’s first game in charge.

Reeve said it was nice to get the win under their belts and he hopes the players can take the positives from this to Team Bury on Saturday.

Reeve took his first training session with the club last week. This Wednesday’s training he thought would be about fitness assessments and to give him the chance of looking at players he has not yet seen in action.

In the match against Long Melford, Craig Dickson put Downham ahead after the fourth minute with the second goal fired by Ben Longmuir in the 21st minute and an own goal in the 39th minute.

Downham lost Kyle Dyer early into the game with a thigh injury and Nathan Cross stepped in. This was Crosses first game back after a three-month injury spell.

Reeve thinks Dyer will be doubtful for the weekend due to the injury.

“This was an important first win and most importantly, it was actually a first clean sheet,” said Reeve.

“I took the training session and piled the pressure on the boys. I know what they can do and I know what to expect from them.”

He said the Bury game would be a different challenge.

“I have seen some of their games. It’s going to be a different outfit to Long Melford but it is going to be good for the boys. Hopefully, they can take the positives from Saturday to Bury and get on the front foot early in the game.

“I have seen what the boys can do and if they can keep it up and put in the same effort and play to their ability, fingers crosssed we can pick up a few more points,”

Kick off is 3pm weather permitting.


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