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Alex Moss  Twitter:   @stowtownfc  Picture: Hogan Cobbold

Stowmarket Town manager Paul Musgrove has praised the level of commitment from his players during the current national lockdown.

It has been nine weeks since the Old Gold and Blacks were last in action, beating Norwich CBS 2-0 in the last 64 of the Buildbase FA Vase.

Since then the season has been put on hold and, with growing fears that the current campaign will follow a similar fate to the 2019-20 one, the Stow boss says he has been impressed with the attitude of his squad.

“I still don’t hold out loads of hope (that the season will resume),” Musgrove said. “Whichever way they go with it, we’ll roll with the punches and be well prepared.

“The lads have been absolutely outstanding. They’re all pushing each other and I can’t ask for more really.

“I’m in the background planning for both eventualities, seeing where best I can put my time to make sure the club is in good hands on the pitch.”

Musgrove made a pleasing start to life as Stow boss, with wins over Eynesbury Rovers and Norwich CBS in the Vase, but is still waiting for his first league game in charge of the club.

A 2-2 draw, away at Mildenhall Town on October 24 was the last Premier Division fixture played by Stow, some 120 days ago and a result which stretched the club’s record unbeaten run in the Thurlow Nunn League to 39 games.

Aside from the two Vase fixtures in December, Musgrove and his squad have kept in regular contact during the lockdowns, and the Stow manager insists spirits are still high in the camp, despite the stop-start nature of football right now.

“We’ve been having twice weekly sessions on Zoom,” Musgrove explained. “Then we have these challenges, which we’ve been mixing up.

“It’s good because we’re all pushing each other. The attitude and application is something that should be admired really.

“When you think about it, the Zoom sessions was alien to all of us, but we’ve nearly been doing it for a whole year now.

“The lads have been keeping themselves in shape, whereas a lot of people might have chosen the easy way. They might have said I’ll get my fitness back when we start playing again, but that’s a long road if you’re not halfway there already.

“Everybody has adapted. I think with the lads it could have gone one of two ways, especially with what happened the season before.

“They could have downed tools and fallen by the wayside, but to a man they’ve all been outstanding.

“It’s just that group. They’re winners. They’ve got a hunger to finish off what we started and try and achieve what the club wants.”