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Muzzy Continues To Plan

Alex Moss  Twitter:   @stowtownfc  Picture: Hogan Cobbold

Stowmarket Town manager Paul Musgrove admits he is planning for three potential outcomes for the suspended 2020-21 season.

The Old Gold and Blacks have not played a league fixture since October 24 – 12 weeks ago – and their last competitive fixtures have been in the Buildbase FA Vase, beating Eynesbury Rovers and Norwich CBS at Greens Meadow last month.

The current national lockdown has halted all fixtures and training for non-elite football, but Musgrove has kept in close contact with the players via online Zoom sessions.

“You’ve got to be realistic,” Musgrove said. “The (Covid-19) numbers at the moment are hideous and more and more it’s getting closer to home. You’re hearing about people that have got it.

“The lads are sticking to the task well. We’ve been putting on Zoom sessions, we had a couple over Christmas, and the boys have been outstanding.

“Russell, our strength and conditioning coach, has been running the Zoom stuff, and we’ve been setting the lads tasks with a ball and without a ball. That’s really as much as we can do.

“The Zoom sessions are a lot of fun. There’s a lot of camaraderie, lots of laughs, but we’re getting the work done and trying to keep it original for them, so that they benefit from the time we get with them.”

Stow’s scheduled FA Vase last 32 tie with Cobham, originally pencilled in for last weekend, was postponed, along with all of their league fixtures in January. There is currently no anticipated return date on when the club can resume their campaign.

“We’ve just got to keep planning,” Musgrove said. “I’ve got a planning board with things on it that I want to achieve, and that keeps myself going.

“You’ve got to have a plan A, B and C. One is completing this season, if at all possible. Then the second one is not completing the league, but if we can play Vase games how we approach that. And C is planning further forward, and we all think inevitably the season will be null and void and then moving on.

“There’s no point going stale and not making plans. That’s not doing anyone at the club justice, or the fans justice. Plans are afoot and we’ll keep going and keep progressing from where we’ve gone in the last few years.”