THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION: March Town United 0 Stowmarket Town 7: Stowmarket Town will be aiming for a fifth successive league win for the first time since December 2001 when Saffron Walden Town visit.
The Old Gold and Blacks — who welcome the Essex outfit to Greens Meadow tomorrow (3pm) — secured their fourth straight win in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division since August 2010 on Saturday.
Ben Garnham’s hat-trick was the highlight in a 7-0 mauling of March Town United at The GER Sports Ground.
And Stow manager Rick Andrews was thrilled to watch his side improve their biggest win of the season for the second week running.
“What pleased me most was the work ethic,” he said. “We’d been working hard in training on doing a lot of drills where you pressurise the ball.”
“And I thought that every player won their personal battle on the pitch.”
Stow took the lead after just six minutes when Simon Newnes’ corner was put back into the box to an unmarked Carl Widdowson to head into the far corner.
The visitors scored again on 21 minutes when Wayne Proctor’s cross was converted by captain Garnham for his second goal in as many games for the club.
Town went 3-0 up six minutes later as Remell Davis outpaced his marker to run on to a ball through the March defence before firing past Max Flintoff for the perfect start.
Lewis Welcher received a straight red card for a shirt pull on Yani Duka to complete a half to forget for the Hares.
Stow went further ahead when a quick move between Davis and Proctor put Garnham in front of goal for his second of the afternoon on the hour-mark.
The visitors struck twice in a minute to ensure they would better last week’s result.
Garnham grabbed his hat-trick with a drilled shot from a tight angle before James Ross scored his first competitive goal for the club with a deflected shot into the far corner.
Proctor got on the scoresheet with four minutes remaining to complete the scoring and notch his 16th goal of the season in the gold and black shirt.
Elsewhere in the First Division, Team Bury look to reignite their slim promotion hopes when they host Dereham Town Reserves tomorrow (3pm).
Ross Wilding’s side are without a win in their last three matches and travel to Fakenham Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).
In the Premier Division, Thetford Town go to Norwich United tomorrow (12pm).
Mildenhall Town look to extend their unbeaten run to six when they host Felixstowe and Walton United at Recreation Way tomorrow (3pm).
Walsham-le-Willows have the weekend off and return to action a week on Saturday when they will host Ely City.
Stowmarket: McCarrick, Ross, Newnes (Bennett-Grant 80), S Licence, Widdowson, Flurrie, GARNHAM, Merritt, Proctor, Duka (Nogueira 72), Davis (B Licence 80).