Downham Town go top of Thurlow Nunn League First Division North
Downham Town have their sights on promotion after moving to the top of the Thurlow Nunn First Division North on Monday.
A late winner from Pat Yates saw Downham defeat Wisbech St Mary 1-0 in a tight affair at the Memorial Field.
It extended the club’s recent unbeaten run to 11 games, having won their last nine consecutive league outings.
Joint boss Craig Dickson said: “Yesterday was an important moment for the club. We knew going into the game any win would take us top and the result was the only thing that mattered on the day.
“Credit to Wisbech St Mary they were well organised and made it extremely difficult for us to break them down, especially on a boggy pitch.
“Although we had a lot of the ball we were struggling to make any real chances and the introduction of Jack Prentice gave us a much better threat and we eventually broke through with a goal from Pat (Yates).
“Wisbech St Mary pressed us in the last five or ten minutes but the boys held on well.
“The target the rest of the season is promotion. We’ve been unlucky over the last couple of years with how it’s been worked out with points-per-game, but we’ve moved on from that and the boys are determined to get the job done.
“In the past, a game like yesterday we would have dropped points, but these boys have a real desire to achieve something this year.”
Downham started brightly but found a determined Saints team that never gave in and competed for every 50-50 header and tackle.
Even though the home side dominated possession they didn’t find the right ball to unlock the visiting defence until the 75th minute when Downham’s captain Pat Yates poked home the winner.
The visitors came to defend and did not manage to have a shot on goal until the last 10 minutes, when they became a bit more adventurous and created a few half chances.
They also saw a late penalty claim waved away.
Downham travel to the Saints for the reverse fixture on Saturday.
In the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, Fakenham Town travel to Lakenheath Town while Swaffham Town travel to Newmarket Town.