Stowmarket Town FC

Muzzy: We’ve Not Hit Our Stride Yet

Alex Moss  Twitter:   @stowtownfc  Picture: Hogan Cobbold

Paul Musgrove believes Stowmarket Town have not got into their stride yet after a stop-start opening two months of the season.

The Old Gold and Blacks started the 2020-21 campaign with their best run in the Emirates FA Cup for 19 years, beating Rothwell Corinthians and Yaxley to reach the first qualifying round.

And last month Stow broke a 36-year record for the longest unbeaten run in the Thurlow Nunn League, eclipsing Wisbech Town’s 37-game run with a streak which now stands at 39 games.

But those two feats have been interspersed with a series of Covid-19-related postponements, including four games called off in October, before the season was halted last week due to the new lockdown.

“In most peoples eyes we’ve not got going yet,” Stow assistant manager Paul Musgrove said on the Suffolk Non-League Show this week.

“It’s been stop start with Covid and it’s been a little bit difficult with the switching around of personnel, so we haven’t quite got into our stride yet.

“So much preparation goes into it and now it’s come to a grinding halt. It’s been really frustrating to be honest.

“I think it being stop-start and the long lay off we had has been quite unsettling. I know it’s the same for everybody, but we can’t get that momentum and team spirit going as you normally can do.”

Stow’s next scheduled fixture is away to Haverhill Rovers on Saturday, December 5. However, the Thurlow Nunn League have stated clubs can use that weekend for friendlies and/or training instead to ease back into the resumption of the season following the month-long break.

Listen to Muzzy’s full interview on the Suffolk Non-League Show below