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Stow Back With A Bang In Vase

Alex Moss  Twitter:   @stowtownfc  Picture: FA

Stowmarket Town returned to action in style with a 5-0 win against Eynesbury Rovers in the Buildbase FA Vase at Greens Meadow on Saturday.

Jack Ainsley and Seb Dunbar both struck in the first half to hand Stow a 2-0 lead, as the Old Gold and Blacks made a pleasing start to their first outing in six weeks.

New signing Reggie Lambe marked his debut with a goal after the break, before Josh Mayhew and substitute Luke Read completed the scoring as new manager Paul Musgrove got off to the perfect start in his first game in charge.

With the lifting of lockdown earlier the week, Stow were back on the pitch for the first time since the 2-2 draw at Mildenhall Town on October 24, and with a new man at the helm following the resignation of long-serving boss Rick Andrews last month. Andrews’ assistant manager Musgrove stepped up to take up the vacant role and included new recruit Lambe in his first starting line-up.

The ex-Cambridge United player showed his class early on in the second-round tie with some nifty footwork, while the visitors Eynesbury, who sit top of the Spartan South Midlands League, were denied a goal inside the opening 10 minutes by James Bradbrook, the Stow goalkeeper.

The breakthrough would arrive at the other end, as an Anton Clarke corner was flicked on by Mayhew and Ainsley finished from close range on 19 minutes.

Left-back Dunbar doubled Stow’s lead four minutes before half time, with a right-footed effort going through a crowded penalty area and into the corner.

Three goals in a six-minute spell early into the second half then took the game beyond Eynesury’s reach.

First, debutant Lambe’s header looped over the visiting goalkeeper Shay Griffiths to make it 3-0 on 54 minutes.

Mayhew scored from the penalty spot two minutes later, before another corner caused havoc in the Eynesbury box and led to Read, a substitute for Chris Casement at half time, taking the acclaim for Stow’s fifth goal of the afternoon.

The 5-0 result equalled Stow’s third-biggest win in the FA Vase, and takes them into the third round (last 64) of the national competition for a third consecutive season.

The third-round draw is due to be released on Monday lunchtime, with those ties scheduled to take place on Saturday, December 19.

Stowmarket Town: Bradbrook, Casement (Read 46), Dunbar, Ainsley, Jefford, Bullard (c), Collard, Parker (Quantrell 73), Lambe (Bugg 68), Mayhew, An Clarke.

Attendance 176

Stow man of the match sponsored by Zarkeys: Reggie Lambe