FOOTBALL: Downham Town travel to Harleston tomorrow (Saturday) for what is being billed as the biggest game in the club’s history.
Town know victory in South Norfolk will see them promoted to the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division – the highest level the club will have ever played.
Town secured a place in the First Division North play-off final thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Norwich CBS on Saturday, with more than 200 supporters cheering the team on.
A long ball forward was flicked into the path of Joe Jackson on the half-way line, who burst through on the opposition goal before calmly slotting the ball home past the advancing goalkeeper.
Downham had nearly scored earlier after a similar punt forward saw Town awarded a free kick on the edge of the box following a last gasp foul by Norwich.
The resulting free kick was clawed away impressively by the Norwich goalkeeper, who made another good save low down after good work by Town down the left wing saw another effort on goal.
Norwich had their chances and made life difficult for Town in a tight second half, with Downham having goalkeeper Duncan McAnally to thank for some fine saves.
But Town’s worst fears nearly came true when McAnally raced to the edge of his box and was judged to have brought down the Norwich attacker.
McAnally protested he had won the ball but the referee was unmoved and awarded a penalty with just five minutes left.
But McAnally would not be beaten, diving low to his right to brilliantly keep out a well struck spot kick, ensuring Town were victorious and still had their shot at making history.
λ Downham Town’s play-off final is tomorrow (Saturday) at Harleston Town, kick off 3pm.