Ben Fenn tricks his way past two Sudbury opponents during Downham’s 2-0 victory. Picture: Matthew Usher

FOOTBALL: A bumper crowd at the Memorial Field saw Downham Town stretch their winning start to 2019 to three games.

A 2-0 win over AFC Sudbury Reserves was watched by a larger than average crowd thanks to a ‘buy-one, get-one-half-price’ admission offer in an effort to raise the club’s profile in the town.

The team responded in style, chalking up their third straight Thurlow Nunn League Division 1N win since the turn of the year.

It left co-managers Dale Stokes and Craig Dickson delighted and Stokes said: “That’s arguably our favourite win of the season so far. 

“The boys were brilliant throughout against a really good side, who presented us with a different task. 

“They made us work very hard and knocked the ball around well.” 

After a bright first 10 minutes for the hosts, Sudbury started to grow into the game and looked dangerous in attack, albeit without causing too many problems for Downham goalkeeper Duncan McAnally.

A reshuffle in the home ranks saw Jack Frohawk become more influential, starting to stretch the opposition as Downham carved out some openings of their own. 

With 15 minutes of the evenly contested half remaining, sponsors’ man of the match Isaac Bloodworth broke the deadlock. A superb passage of play released Frohawk down the left and the former King’s Lynn Town player squared the ball for Bloodworth to fire home.

The second half saw Downham change formation and they nullified the visitors’ threat. Chances were few and far between until Matt Calvert played a delightful pass into Frohawk, who went from provider to scorer, finishing calmly with just the goalkeeper to beat for his first Town goal.

Downham almost made it 3-0 in the closing stages but Simon Bird’s attempt was blocked on the line.

“Looking at the table, we’re now staring down the top six, which is where we belong,” said Stokes, who is eagerly awaiting tonight’s West Norfolk derby at The Walks.

“The way it’s going, we can’t wait until the next game, and are hoping for another cracker against Lynn Reserves.”

The match was sponsored by former Town players Mark Heath-Preston and Tom White. Both are now coaches in the USA but supported the game as a thank-you for the start they were given in the game at Downham.