Stowmarket Town manager Rick Andrews is hoping Monday’s derby win over Debenham LC can provide them the spark they need for the rest of the season, writes Alex Moss.
The Old Gold and Blacks visit Haverhill Borough tomorrow (3pm) for their first outing of 2016 with confidence, after first-half goals from Matt Dixon and Will Seccombe helped them beat rivals Debenham 2-0 earlier this week.
Stow are now up to 12th in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division.
But Andrews is hopeful his side can continue to climb even further up the table in the weeks and months ahead.
“You’ve got to start somewhere,” said the Stowmarket boss.
“It was a big win for us as we’re now level on points with Debenham and we’re now starting to reel teams in.
“We’ve got people coming back from injuries and suspensions, so now we need to keep climbing the table and when we do get a defeat, we need to bounce back from it quickly.”
Stow’s victory on Monday ended a run of five games without a win against their local rivals, but it was also just their second win in their last nine First Division outings, a run which Andrews will have to address if they are to better last season’s 11th place finish.
Dixon broke the deadlock in the derby after just eight minutes, notching his 17th goal of the season from the penalty spot to give Stowmarket an early lead.
Seccombe then pounced on a goalkeeping error from the visitors three minutes before the break to double Stow’s advantage.
They held onto this lead despite a barrage of attacks from Debenham in the second-half.
“It was the first time we’ve started a game like that this season,” said Andrews, who welcomes back captain Nathan Birch from suspension tomorrow.
“We need to carry that on into the next game in order to keep moving forward.”