Downham Town ready to make their mark in Thurlow Nunn Division One
Having shrugged off their tag of perennial strugglers in recent seasons, Downham Town are ready to continue their elevation to bigger and better things once the new season kicks off.
The Memorial Field outfit, who begin their Division One North fixtures with a trip to Debenham LC tomorrow, have been building on and off the pitch to make the club a more attractive proposition in several areas.
Joint boss Dale Stokes has been working hard to try to bring in more funds and make the club more commercial-friendly within the local community.
Once again, availability and a string of away games will be a thorn in Downham’s side in the early weeks of the campaign.
But, as they proved for long periods last season, the club are more than capable of mixing it against the very best at the top of the table.
“We were top of the form guide early in the year, but then picked up so many injuries that we lost five of our last eight games,” explained Stokes.
“We are a close-knit club with no budget and the aim has been trying to keep the majority of last season’s squad together.
“To be honest, we were disappointed to finish eighth last season, but when you look at it from the outside and some of the clubs we were competing against, it was a respectable finish.”
Tom McLeish and Sam Garner have both left the club for pastures new, while they have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Matty Bussens (knee) is likely to remain sidelined up until Christmas.
But there is still some light at the end of the tunnel with Jon Sykes, who suffered a broken leg towards the end of last term, resuming light training again this week.
And with Ben Baxter-Hunt and Jack Frohawk, who scored 42 goals between them last season, still spearheading the attack, opposing teams should be very wary of the threat Downham offer.