Stowmarket Town FC

Rick Wants To Build Momentum

Alex Moss  Twitter:   @stowtownfc  Picture: Hogan Cobbold

Rick Andrews is hoping Stowmarket Town can start to build some momentum again when they visit Whitton United in the Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup tonight.

Stow make the short trip to the King George V Playing Fields this evening (7.45pm), with a place in the quarter-finals of Suffolk’s leading cup competition up for grabs.

After a frustrating week last week, which saw neither of Stow’s two Premier Division fixtures completed, due to referee illness and Covid-19 symptoms in the opposition’s squad, Andrews wants his side to kick start a run of results tonight.

“It was a strange week,” the Stow manager said. “Wednesday was the first time I’ve seen something like that, with the referee becoming ill during the game and it being abandoned.

“I hope the referee is recovering well. For us, we had to cope with a few decisions which weren’t great for us. We went down to nine men, but the boys showed great character and dug in.

“It was 0-0 when the game was abandoned and at the time I felt like there was only one team that would go on and win it, and that was us, even with nine men.

“Then on Saturday, Ely had two players in their squad waiting for test results, and I guess it’s a sign of the times that we live in at the moment.

“It’s frustrating, but we just have to live with it. On the plus side, not playing on Saturday gave us an extra four or five days of rest and to prepare for tonight.”

With Danny Cunningham and Jack Ainsley’s suspensions, for their red cards in the abandoned Woodbridge game, not starting until this weekend, only Craig Parker (injured) is absent for tonight’s last 16 tie at Whitton.

New signing Chris Casement has now flown over from Northern Ireland, and it is hoped his international clearance will go through in time to be available for this weekend’s trip to Wroxham.

“Whitton is always a tough game,” Andrews said. “We know Shane (Coldron, Whitton manager) well from his time with us, and a lot of the players from both teams know each other.

“There will be some pride at stake, for sure. We want to put in a good performance and take that into the weekend, which will be another hard game away at Wroxham, who are flying at the moment.”