Pedlars host Downham in Friday night derby

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March v Downham football action ANL-150903-085358009
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Tonight sees Swaffham Town host Downham Town (kick-off 7.45pm) in the Thurlow Nunn First Division, as the league celebrates its second Groundhopper Day, writes Ed Colman.

The fixture is one of four matches with staggered kick-offs taking part in the event this weekend, with Thetford hosting Norwich United at noon tomorrow, followed by Gorleston’s trip to Mildenhall Town at 3pm and Newmarket Town v Haverhill Borough at 6pm.

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March v Downham football action ANL-150903-085613009

It has been a season of improvement for Downham Town, who go into the game in 10th place in the Division One table with 37 points from their 27 matches.

The Memorial Field side have faced several off the pitch issues this season, but have always come through stronger and their season has been underpinned by great team and club spirit.

Furthermore the club have gone from strength to strength behind the scenes and if they can maintain the majority of their current squad for next season, the future looks bright for Bob Warby’s side.

The Pedlars’ busy pre-season at the start of the current campaign is certainly paying dividends, with the club knowing if they win all their remaining games they will be champions and promoted.

It may be a ‘big ask’, but with Swaffham unbeaten in 11, it certainly seems possible.

One to watch tonight will the division’s leading goal scorer Alex Vincent who has impressed throughout the campaign and attracted the eye of higher-level clubs.

The youngster has bags of talent and is certainly one to watch in the future.

Tomorrow, King’s Lynn Town Reserves travel to Cornard, who are bottom of Thurlow Nunn Division One.

l Swaffham Reserves, who lost 3-0 at home to Blofield Res, tomorrow host Loddon Res 2.30pm KO.

The U18’s lost 1-0 to Soham Town Rangers, and last night met Downham Town in the Thurlow Nunn League Cup, the first of the week’s derbies.