Match Preview: Godmanchester Rovers (H)
Stowmarket Town return to Greens Meadow after a five-game road trip to take on Godmanchester Rovers tomorrow.
It has been a busy three weeks for Rick Andrews’ squad with five consecutive away games, including two Emirates FA Cup ties and last season’s held over Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup semi-final.
Stow return to familiar surroundings this weekend to take on Goddy on home turf. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s game…
Stowmarket Town v Godmanchester Rovers / Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division / Greens Meadow / Saturday 26th September 2020 / 3pm kick-off – Gates open at 1pm
Setting the scene: The last three weeks have seen Stow switch between league and cup games, but now Rick’s men have a run of three straight league games as they bid to push up the Premier Division table. The Old Gold and Blacks currently sit in sixth place, as one of seven sides with an unbeaten record, although Stow’s last league defeat was back in April 2019, a run of 34 games unbeaten, which is three short of the Thurlow Nunn League record.
What’s the team news? Rick has bolstered his squad today with the announced arrivals of both George Bugg and Evan Collard on dual registration terms. Bugg, a First Division title winner with Stow three years ago, is in the squad this weekend, while Collard’s inclusion is awaiting for the paperwork to go through in time. Aside from the new signings, Danny Cunningham, who missed Tuesday’s FA Cup game at Cambridge City through illness, should return, but Jamie Shaw is unavailable. Craig Parker and Christy Finch remain long-term injury absentees.
How are Goddy doing? Results have not gone Goddy’s way during these early weeks of the new season, with one draw and four defeats from their first five games in all competitions. On closer inspection, Ollie Drake’s side have lost out on penalties in both the FA Cup and FA Vase, while their two league defeats have been by the odd goal. Before the 2019-20 season was cut short, Goddy were on a three-game winning run and were 12th in the Premier Division table.
What happened last time we met? Stow ran out 3-0 winners when Goddy last visited Greens Meadow back in February earlier this year. A brace from Christy Finch and an own goal sealed the points for Stow in front of 292 supporters and helped open up a 16-point lead at the top of the Premier Division table.
One to watch: Goddy fans were pleased to see former striker Jack Chandler return to the club during the off season, after a spell with Premier Division rivals Newmarket Town last season. Chandler grabbed the winner against Stow when the two sides met in Godmanchester in the 2017-18 season, one of the 26 goals he scored during that campaign.
Rivals watch? Early front runners Kirkley & Pakefield, who lost their 100 per cent record after losing at Norwich United during the week, host Stanway Rovers. Unbeaten sides Ely City and Norwich face off, Wroxham entertain Walsham-le-Willows, FA Cup high fliers Brantham Athletic host Gorleston, and Mildenhall Town go to Woodbridge Town.
Saturday 26th September
Brantham Athletic v Gorleston
Ely City v Norwich United
FC Clacton v Thetford Town
Kirkley & Pakefield v Stanway Rovers
Newmarket Town v Hadleigh United
Stowmarket Town v Godmanchester Rovers
Swaffham Town v Long Melford
Whitton United v Haverhill Rovers
Woodbridge Town v Mildenhall Town
Wroxham v Walsham-le-Willows
All games kick-off at 3pm
Coming to the game tomorrow? Please note under current guidelines we are allowed up to 300 paying spectators into Greens Meadow. Once we have reached 300, no more supporters will be allowed entry. We advise supporters to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
When in the ground please adhere to social distancing and make use of the entire pitch perimeter. To keep all those that attend our community club as safe as possible, we encourage face masks to be worn whilst moving inside the clubhouse and around the ground. The management reserves the right to refuse entry.