Thompson looks for players’ reaction after Downham Market defeat

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Lewis Thompson ANL-150312-133545001

Downham Town boss Lewy Thompson is looking for an immediate reaction from his players when he takes charge of his first league game proper tomorrow, writes Greg Plummer.

Town host Cornard at the Memorial Field on the back of a 5-1 Thurlow Nunn League Division One drubbing against Needham Market Reserves last Saturday.

Both Thompson and his new assistant Paul Hawes were away and missed the match.

Thompson said: “I’ve heard different reports from the game but I’m looking for a reaction from the players after such a disappointing result at Needham.

“It’s a big game on Saturday. Both clubs are down in the depths of the table and it’s a match which we need to win.”

Downham’s new chief has a full squad at his disposal – something which will be vital if they are to start climbing the table in the weeks ahead.

“We don’t have a big squad so to have everyone fit and available is crucial for us,” admitted Thompson.

“We’ve got a very good squad here, it’s just about making them click and putting a string of results together.

“The players have got a clean slate as far as I’m concerned. There’s no cliques here and players will be selected on merit.”

Downham also have some silverware still to play for after being reinstated in the Division One KO Cup.

Yarmouth Town fielded an unregistered player in the tie at the Memorial Field on November 7 and have been removed from the competition.

Downham Town will now travel to Halstead Town in the quarter-finals on January 9.