Downham maintain fine home run

Scorer Mathew Parkinson rising high to loop his header'goalward.
Scorer Mathew Parkinson rising high to loop his header'goalward.

Thurlow Nunn League

Division One

Downham Town 4

Woodbridge Town 0

Downham have successfully seen out the 2014 part of the season unbeaten at Memorial Field after a handsome win over basement boys Woodbridge.

This brings Town’s home tally to 24 points out of a maximum of 30 in style. Pat Yates came in after suspension at the expense of Colin Edwards who dropped to the bench and the unavailable Nathan Cross was replaced by Ben Longmuir.

In the 37th minute Mark Smith gave Bob Warby’s Downham the lead going into the break, half-volleying home a ball dinked over the top of the back four.

The second half saw goals from sub Chris Sharp, from a cross that fell to his feet 10 yards from goal, and a tap-in after his dink over the keeper was cleared off the line.

This put Downham into positive goal difference for the first time in recent memory.

The in-form scorer Smith outmuscled the entire Woodbridge back four to net his second and push Town’s unbeaten run to four games in the league.

The win moved Downham up a place in the table to 11th behind Stowmarket who possess a goal difference one better.

Next Saturday Downham travel to high-flying March Town, where Warby was assistant boss, in a festive derby.

Swaffham Tn 1 Halstead T 1

A well-deserved point for the Pedlars claimed in added time on Saturday to keep their promotion battle going.

The visitors took the lead 16 minutes into the first half against the run of play and they dug in deep. Swaffham, playing the better football, found it difficult to break down the Halstead defence. In the 75th minute Joe Jackson headed onto the post from a Mark Allibone cross.

The equaliser finally came in the third minute of extra time, Mikey Thompson riding a hard challenge in order to cross for Matthew Parkinson to loop his header over the keeper. The result leaves them eight points behind leaders Saffron Walden.

Next Saturday the Pedlars travel to Great Yarmouth for their festive fixture.

The Reserves, competing strongly in the Anglian Combination, kept the pressure on by securing a 2-1 victory at Hemsby, goals from Dylan Edge and Jamie Buhlemann. Next weekend they host Easton, kick off 2.30pm.

Both the Under 18’s and Veterans earned draws, the U18s’ a respectable 1-1 away to Newmarket, while the Vets’ was a 5-5 thriller at Shoemakers Lane.

Fakenham Town 1 Ely City 1

An Ashley Jarvis strike earned Fakenham Town a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division point going into Christmas.

The Ghosts host Norwich United in the Premier next Saturday.