Andrews hopeful his patched-up Stow can step up for Vase clash

OUT OF ACTION: Striker Wayne Proctor has been ruled out of Stowmarket Town's FA Vase clash with Eton Manor tomorrow (3pm) through injury
OUT OF ACTION: Striker Wayne Proctor has been ruled out of Stowmarket Town's FA Vase clash with Eton Manor tomorrow (3pm) through injury

Rick Andrews is encouraging

his injury-hit Stowmarket Town side to ‘give it a good go’ in the FA Vase against Eton Manor tomorrow (3pm).

The Stow boss is lacking in numbers ahead of his side’s second qualifying round tie at Greens Meadow, with no fewer than eight players unavailable this weekend.

Captain Ben Garnham and Sean Rea both picked up injuries last week, while Josh Cheetham and Wayne Proctor are also on the sidelines for Andrews’ side.

“It’s frustrating as it would have been nice to have put out our strongest side,” explained Andrews, who will also be without Bradley Austin, Ashley Holmes, Carl Widdowson and Jimmy Attwood for the visit of Manor.

“But we have to deal with the cards that we’ve been given and it’s up to the boys who have been given the opportunity to step up and give it a good go.”

Andrews is expected to call-up players from the club’s reserve team, as Stow look to end a run of four games without a win.

After a 6-5 penalty shootout defeat in the League Challenge Cup at Needham Market Reserves last Thursday, Town then lost 4-1 at home to King’s Lynn Town Reserves on Saturday.

n Walsham-le-Willows also have their injury problems ahead of their Vase home tie with fellow Premier side Godmanchester Rovers tomorrow (3pm).

The Willows - who won 1-0 at FC Clacton courtesy of Andrew Wood’s late goal on Saturday but saw Wedenesday’s game with Gorleston abandoned due to floodlight failure - are set to be without Wood, Charlie Robinson, Luke Austin and Tom Agricole at Summer Road this weekend.

n Mildenhall Town continue their Vase campaign with a trip to Fakenham Town in an all-Premier Division clash tomorrow (3pm).

The Hall let a 3-0 lead slip against Whitton United on Saturday, with goals from Adam Burroughs, Adam Murray and returning striker Steve Holder giving Christian Appleford’s side a commanding grip on the match early on in the first-half.

But Whitton fought back to share the points in an entertaining 3-3 draw at Recreation Way.

n Thetford Town look to end a run of three defeats when they travel to United Counties League (UCL) Division One side Peterborough Sports tomorrow (3pm).

The Brecklanders - who host Fakenham on Tuesday (7.45pm) - return to Vase action after a disappointing 4-0 home defeat to Brantham Athletic at the weekend.

n Team Bury look for revenge when they visit the UCL Premier Division’s Peterborough Northern Star tomorrow (3pm).

Ross Wilding’s side lost 3-0 in the FA Cup at Chestnut Avenue in August, and will be hoping to return the favour in the Vase this weekend.

The Blues followed up a 3-1 defeat at March Town United on Saturday with a 1-0 win against Haverhill Borough on Wednesday night.