Surprise as Warby walks out on Thurlow Nunn League First Division Downham Town

Lewy Thompson will take charge of Downham Town this evening.

Lewy Thompson will take charge of Downham Town this evening. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Downham Town head to King's Lynn as they begin the search for their fourth manager in two years, writes Gavin Caney.

Bob Warby quit the Thurlow Nunn League First Division team after a year in charge following Saturday's 3-0 home defeat to league leaders Wivenhoe. His assistant Lewy Thompson, 25, will take temporary charge for tonight's Norfolk Senior Cup fourth round trip to face the Linnets' reserves while club officials consider their options.

Boston-based Warby, who replaced Mark Reeve in November 2014, said: 'Nothing's happened. The club and players are all fantastic. I just felt it was the right time for me to leave and let someone else take them on the next step. I'd like to thank the club for the opportunity and their support.'

Downham sit 16th in the 19-team table after finishing ninth last term – their best finish in seven years.

Secretary George Dickson said: 'It came out of the blue. Everyone at the club is disappointed that Bob's decided to leave and want to thank him for what he's done and wish him all the best.'

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Norfolk Senior Cup: Wroxham v Great Yarmouth Town, Gorleston v Fakenham Town.

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