Happy memories for Downham Market assistant boss Thompson

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Downham Town assistant boss Lewis Thompson says the side need to score more goals if they are going to build on their huge improvement from last season.

Town begin their Division One fixtures with a trip to Cornard United tomorrow on the back of their best finish for a number of years.

After finishing ninth last season, Thompson (pictured above) believes a place in the top-eight is not beyond his side this time around if they can find the back of the net on a more regular basis.

Thompson said: “Last season we were creating four or five good chances a game but perhaps only taking one of them.

“That’s an area we definitely need to improve on because at the back we are looking quite solid.”

Manager Bob Warby and Thompson take charge of their first full season at the Memorial Field having arrived at the club last November.

Striker Robbie Masters is one of two new arrivals at the club with Thompson saying: “Robbie is a big, strong centre-forward who I played with at March who links the play well.”

An opening-day fixture at Cornard brings back happy memories for Thompson, who bagged a hat-trick there for his former club March Town a couple of seasons ago.

But Downham’s early-season record is notoriously bad with the club being forced to play their opening few fixtures on their travels due to the cricket season.

Thompson said: “Historically, Downham have struggled in the first few games while cricket is overlapping and they are playing away from home.

“Somebody was telling me that they haven’t won a game early doors since 1983, so that’s something we will be looking to change on Saturday.”