Stowmarket Town FC


Muzzy: We Won’t Underestimate Norwich

Alex Moss  Twitter:   @stowtownfc  Picture: Hogan Cobbold

Paul Musgrove says his Stowmarket Town side will not be underestimating Norwich CBS when they face off for a place in the last 32 of the Buildbase FA Vase tomorrow (3pm).

The two Thurlow Nunn League clubs meet at Greens Meadow in the third round of the national competition this weekend, with Stow on a high after beating Eynesbury Rovers 5-0 in the previous round a fortnight ago.

Norwich, who play a league below Stow in the First Division North, have so far knocked out March Town United, Ipswich Wanderers and May & Baker Eastbrook Community to reach the last 64, and will be hoping to add Musgrove’s men to their list of scalps in the Vase this weekend.

“It’s a typical cup encounter that we see throughout any competition,” Stow manager Musgrove said.

“Just because they are a league below us, the expectations are on us. But it’s down to us to make sure we’re fully prepared and know what we’re going into.

“We know it’s a potential banana skin written all over it, if we’re not mentally right.

“We’re not naive enough to underestimate anyone and we’ve been and watched them last weekend.

“The boys will have had a full briefing on what they’re about this week. They’ve got a good energy, elements of quality, and we’re going to have to work really hard to break them down. I’ve got no doubt about how they’re going to come and setup against us.”

Stow have made plenty of fond memories during the last two seasons in the Vase, with a club-record equalling run to the last 32 in 2018-19 followed by a best-ever run to the last 16 in 2019-20.

A win this weekend would see the Old Gold and Blacks reach the last 32 for the third consecutive season, and for only the fourth time in the club’s history.

Were Norwich to triumph at Greens Meadow, it would equal their best-ever run in the Vase, matching their efforts in 2017-18 reaching the fourth round.

Tickets for Saturday’s Vase game will be available on the gate, which opens at 12.30pm. There are around 200 tickets available and are priced at £7 for adults, £5 for concessions and £2 for U18/students. Our bar and kitchen will be open, and we remind you that face masks are to be worn at all times and to please follow the social distancing guidelines.