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Town off to a winning start at the Memorial Field


By KentOnline reporter


Downham Town were hailed for their “perfect start to 2019” as they saw off Felixstowe and Walton United’s Reserves with a 1-0 victory at the Memorial Field.

Town, under the cohort of managers Craig Dickson and Dale Stokes, hoped that their “confident” opening would begin a year of progress on and off the field.

Action from Downham Town against Felixstowe and Walton Reserves. (6365079)
Action from Downham Town against Felixstowe and Walton Reserves. (6365079)

Pat Yates bagged the only goal of the game on Saturday, in a victory that should’ve seen more goals for the hosts.

It was Downham’s first victory on home soil since the end of November last year and it has welcomed a change in fortunes for the recently-installed management team.

Dickson said: “I said to the boys in the dressing room that it was a perfect start to 2019.

Downham Town's management team of Dale Stokes, left and Craig Dickson, right. (6365083)
Downham Town's management team of Dale Stokes, left and Craig Dickson, right. (6365083)

“It would’ve been nice if we had put a couple more away but three points and a clean sheet is a great platform to build on.”

Despite the failure to add more goals, Dickson was delighted with the result as a whole, saying: “It was a confident 1-0 win.

“The scoreline didn’t reflect the game; I don’t think anyone would have complained if we had scored three or four.

“We started really well and missed a couple of good chances in the first half, but we kept fighting until we got the breakthrough which was pleasing to see after throwing away a 2-0 lead at March.

Downham Town in action at the Memorial Field. (6365081)
Downham Town in action at the Memorial Field. (6365081)

“Looking back at December, we don’t feel we picked up as many points as our performances deserved, so it’s important to start January on a high ahead of a few games coming up against sides who are around us in the table.

“Dale and I want the lads to build on the win over Felixstowe.

“It’s about building momentum throughout the rest of the month.”

The Memorial Field side have stepped up efforts to increase their role in the local community. This has started with a buy one and bring a friend promotion for their next home match.

Downham Town, who won 1-0, increase the pressure. (6365085)
Downham Town, who won 1-0, increase the pressure. (6365085)

“It would be great for people to get down and see what the club is all about,” said Dickson.

“Against Felixstowe, there were some new fans and some old supporters, which was really nice to see.

“We are looking to get more involved with the town and will be trying different incentives. We want to raise awareness and increase engagement.”



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