Rick And Muzzy’s Musings
The Stow management reflect on Tuesday night’s FA Cup win against Rothwell, look ahead to Saturday’s league opener against Gorleston, and could Muzzy be playing at Greens Meadow on Sunday…
Rick, the season is up and running. A hard fought win against Rothwell in the FA Cup on Tuesday night. 1-0 down and two quality goals to come back, but you had to work hard in the end with 10 men?
Rick: Yeah for sure. They were a well organised and physical side. It was a game of contrasting styles. They went long with everything, and when you’ve got a lad on the pitch who can throw the ball 35 or 40 yards, it turns it into an opportunity every time the ball goes off the pitch. To be honest, I thought our lads handled that well, defended well and at half time I was glad we went in at 1-1. It would have been unfair had we gone in a goal behind, and had we done that it could have been a different game, and a harder game for us. It was great for the boys to score right away after going behind. It gave the boys a fillip and overall I thought we deserved to win, but it was a tough game.
Muzzy, the last couple of games we’ve seen some fans come back in. Tuesday was our biggest crowd by far, it’s great to see that backing come back for the boys.
Muzzy: It felt like normality had been resumed, to be honest with you. You dip in and dip out of it as you’re coming in the ground and you’re doing your Covid parts, which you’re meant to be doing. But it was brilliant, as we stood over at the far side, and when the goals went in you heard that Stow roar. It was like going back six months. It was really pleasing and we’ve got to thank everyone that came out tonight.
Through to the next round of the FA Cup. Yaxley a week on Saturday, a good test for the boys against higher league opposition early on in the season?
Rick: We don’t tend to get easy games in the FA Cup. It’s another test for us, but one we look forward to and hopefully we’ve got a few back for that game. Depending on what we’ve got available will depend on how set our stall out. We look forward to it and it’s a chance to go there and put on a performance. We won’t go there with any fear, but equally we will show respect to a team that are a league higher than us, and try and get something from the game.
The new boys have shone early on. Jamie Shaw and Craig Parker both getting on the scoresheet. Nice to see them chipping in early on?
Muzzy: It’s nice for them to bed in and show their qualities early on. The characters Rick has gone out and signed have been superb again. They’ve both put in solid performances and hopefully it’s a sign of things to come, with consistency and adding goals, which is what we need.
We kick the league off on Saturday. We haven’t lost in the league in 17 months, how are you feeling about getting the league games going again?
Rick: We’re looking forward to it. It’ll be a tough one, Gorleston were flying in pre season and I think they won again in the FA Cup, so they will come here full of confidence. We’re juggling around with numbers at the moment, but we should have one back for sure, and we might have another back in as well. We’ve said many times before that we’re blessed with a quality squad, which allows us to put any 11 from the 16 available and put out a strong side. The same will apply on Saturday, but we expect a really tough test. Gorleston have been scoring quite a few goals and have made some great signings. It’s all systems go and hopefully we can kick off the league campaign with a win.
Muzzy, we’ll finish with you. Saturday is a big game, Sunday an even bigger game, we could see you grace the pitch at Greens Meadow again (Stow host the Suffolk Veterans Cup semi-final between Bury Town and Whitton United). Is that likely to happen?
Muzzy: 80 per cent at the minute, so we’ll see!
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