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Thurlow Nunn Division One outfit Downham Town are continuing their search for a new managerial team.

The move comes following the recent departure of Garth Good, Pete Brassett and Martin Saddleton from the dugout after a dispute over player policy at the Memorial Field.

A statement, released on Wednesday, said: “The committee of Downham Town Football Club are aware of the recent comment in the press about the resignation of its first team managers.

“The committee would wish to clarify that this decision was taken because of a disagreement between the committee and management over player policy within the club.
“It has been mutually agreed by both sides that it best for all parties to move on and the resignations have been accepted.

“The committee would like to thank Garth, Pete and Garts for all the hard work that they have put into the club over recent seasons. 
“Martin Saddleton (Garts) has been a loyal servant of the club for many years and the committee would like to express their gratitude for all he has done for the club in that period.

“We obviously wish him well for the future.
“The club has now started its search for a new first team manager and any one interested can contact the club.”

Departed assistant boss Brassett, who is going to take in a few matches during the next few weeks, said: “We’re very saddened that we’ve parted company with the football club.

“We went into a meeting with the committee last Thursday believing that we could find a resolution to the situation.

“It has been an enjoyable two-and-a-half years and the club and it’s disappointing that we haven’t been able to finish off the job we started.

“We’d like to wish whoever takes over the job and the club the very best for the future.”

Tomorrow, Downham face a tough test when they entertain high-flying league leaders Newmarket Town, fresh from their 2-1 win at Swaffham last weekend, at the Memorial Field.

Other games see sixth-placed Swaffham Town travel to Braintree Town Reserves, who are just above them in the league standings.

Fourth-placed Fakenham Town are also on the road with a trip to Debenham LC.

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