Second half costs Downham Market in downpour

MLNF 14.11
MLNF 14.11

Thurlow Nunn League

Division One

Downham Town 0

Haverhill Borough 3

Downham lost to a determined Haverhill side in a “must win” game for them if they want to harbour ambitions to climb the table.

However this game revealed the up and down nature of Town’s form. Haverhill sat just one place above the hosts, but rose to 11th-place after this win while Town languish in 16th.

The only change to the home side that dominated Premier Division side Fakenham Town on Tuesday night was Alex Bailey replacing the unavailable James Dougal.

Borough were organised, disciplined and hard working which was effective in these conditions and they ran out worthy winners on a very wet Saturday afternoon at the Memorial Field.

A brace from Borough left back Danny Shipton helped to secure a hard fought victory by the visitors in a match played in appalling conditions on Saturday.

Away sub Ryan Swallow after 25 minutes forced Downham ‘keeper Lee Brooks into a fingertip save after a powerful volley.

With the scores level at the break, Borough netted two goals in eight minutes.

Shipton’s left footed corner in the 48th minute deceived Brooks and curled straight into the goal to give Borough the lead.

Six minutes later Pruden reached the by-line and pulled the ball back for Jonny Milne to stroke it home and make it 2-0.

As the conditions worsened Downham attempted to force their way back into the game, and were denied by some committed defence. Borough ‘keeper Charlie Turner was forced into two tremendous saves, firstly tipping a long shot over the bar and then at the resulting corner diving down and pushing Pat Yates’ goalbound effort wide.

In stoppage time the ball was cleared out of defence, and Shipton on the edge of the Downham penalty area hit what appeared to be a weak shot which Brooks allowed under his body to wrap up the points for Borough.

Brooks had been the Town shoot-out hero after knocking out Fakenham Town with two penalty saves in midweek, goals coming from Ryan Alexander and Connor Walker.

Downham: Brooks, Gould, Bailey, Yates, Dickson, Merrishaw, Sykes, Calvert (c), Alexander, Smith, Masters. Subs: Walker, McKenna, Gilbert, Mantle, Young.