Stowmarket Town boss Rick Andrews wants to bring the good times back to Greens Meadow ahead of a trip to Haverhill Borough tomorrow.
Other than an opening-day victory over Great Yarmouth Town, the Gold and Blacks had endured a torrid season losing 10 straight league matches, but that run was put to an end as Stow moved off the foot of the table with a deserved 3-2 victory against Dereham Town Reserves in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division on Saturday.
“During the season we have played well enough to have got more points, but that’s football for you,” said Andrews. “The supporters want a good team to watch and I promised them that we’d play good football – we’ve done that and I think the supporters recognise that even though the results haven’t gone our way.
“We could go on now and climb the table quite comfortably, but it’s a long-term project.
“I’m here for the next two, three, four, five years and I want to bring back the good times to the club.”
Andrews’ side face a challenging week, with league leaders Whitton United in town on Tuesday (7.45pm) after tomorrow’s clash at seventh-placed Haverhill.
Stow have already beaten Borough once this season, winning 6-3 in the First Division Knockout Cup, and they travel to the New Croft in confident spirits after Ben Licence’s double and another goal from top scorer Paris Tuwizana inspired a much-needed win at the weekend.
Stow came out of the traps flying and took the lead on seven minutes when Licence met Nuno Nogueira’s left-wing cross and looped a header over Dereham keeper Jake Cox.
Just five minutes later, Stow doubled their advantage as Tuwizana latched on to Yani Duka’s flick and rolled the ball into the empty net after Cox blocked his initial effort.
Despite the hosts’ complete dominance, Dereham cut the deficit on the stroke of half-time through Elliot Colman.
Over four minutes of added time had been played by the time the midfielder struck home a free-kick from the edge of the area, with Stow keeper David Goldie only able to tip the ball further into the corner of his goal.
The 2-1 half-time scoreline was harsh on Stowmarket, who had controlled the opening 45 minutes, but their two-goal cushion was restored soon after the break.
Licence timed his run perfectly to meet Tuwizana’s throughball on 54 minutes and the winger kept his head to calmly slot past Cox.
Nicolas Hook gave the visitors hope as he bundled home Ethan Hall’s cross in the 78th minute and they may have snatched a point if it was not for Goldie superbly tipping another Hook effort over the bar with five minutes remaining.
Stow: Goldie, Ross, Tavares (Bylett 63), English, Widdowson, S Licence, B Licence, Douglas, Tuwizana, Duka (Fleming 74), Nogueira.