Thompson takes over the reins at Downham Town

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Lewis Thompson wants his winning mentality to be adopted by his players after being named as the new manager of Thurlow Nunn League Division One side Downham Town.

The former Wisbech Town, March Town and Swaffham midfielder took the role after meeting with the club’s committee on Wednesday night.

‘Lewy’ Thompson, 25, takes over the reigns from Bob Warby, who he assisted at the Memorial Field up until his departure last weekend.

As a player, Thompson never gave less than 100 per cent when he took to the field and that’s something he wants his players to reproduce.

Thompson said: “You can’t always play well, but if you give 100 per cent effort every game and every week that’s all I can ask. It’s something I always prided myself on as a player so if it can rub off on a few of the lads here then it will be good.”

Thompson, who will be assisted by goalkeeping coach Paul Hawes in the dugout, is relishing his first proper step into the management game.

“It’s going to be a bit more intense than being assistant, but I’m looking forward to it,” said Thompson.

“It has come a lot sooner in my career than I thought it would. The short-term aim is to become hard to beat and make progress in the league.

“Long-term, I want us to keep improving our league position and press on from there.

“I want players who want to play for this football club and who also want to play for me.

“There’s no kind of pressure with the job and I’m driven by getting results on the pitch.

“Ideally I want us to become a bit more of a player in the league. I don’t want clubs playing us and thinking its easy pickings just because they are playing Downham.

“If the club is winning then I’m winning, it goes hand-in-hand really.”

Tomorrow, Downham travel to Needham Market Reserves while fellow Thurlow Nunn First Division side Lynn Reserves host Dereham Res.