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Downham Town look to bounce back from cup defeat

Downham Town joint manager Craig Dickson is backing his side to put Tuesday night’s First Division Knockout Cup exit behind them when they return to league action tomorrow.

Downham and March Town United played out a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, before the Memorial Field outfit suffered a 3-2 defeat to the Hares on penalties.

Dickson said: “I think March did enough to earn a draw and we didn’t really do enough to win the game. We had a lot of the possession but didn’t make our pressure tell.

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“Losing on penalties is always difficult to take, but we did a lot of things well during the game but didn’t quite do enough in key areas.

“We will dust ourselves down and make sure that we are ready to go again on Saturday.”

Downham take on Leiston Reserves tomorrow looking to retain top spot in the Thurlow Nunn First Division North.

Despite his side going into the game as heavy favourites Dickson is taking nothing granted.

“We have had a brilliant start, but there is a long way to go” he said.

“It is about taking each game as it comes and doing enough, playing well enough, to win each game.

“You never quite know what you are going to get against Leiston Reserves, but we will go there confident of getting a result if we play to the best of our ability.

“We want to put Tuesday’s exit from the cup behind us as early as possible and having another game just a few days later gives us the chance to do that.

“It is now up to us to take that chance by playing as well as we have so far this season.”

Elsewhere in the First Division North this weekend, Fakenham Town welcome Wisbech St Mary to Clipbush Park tonight.

Andy Cunningham’s side go into the game ninth in the First Division North table – five points off the promotion places.

The Ghosts will be firm favourites against the Saints, who have earned just three points from their opening 15 league matches.

Victory for Fakenham, could see them climb to seventh in the division ahead of Saturday’s fixtures.

King’s Lynn Town Reserves travel to Haverhill Borough.

In the Premier Division, Swaffham Town travel to Hadleigh United looking to end a run of five league matches without a win.

The Pedlars have drawn three and lost two of their last five fixtures, but have still enjoyed a solid start to life at step five of the Non-League ladder.

Swaffham will be hoping to add the Hadleigh’s problems, who are second from bottom in the division with just two wins so far this season.

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