Stowmarket Town boss Rick Andrews believes new signing Ace Howell can help his side to an improved second-half of the season.
On Monday, Andrews completed his very own ‘deadline day’ signing, with the former Bury Town and Needham Market winger agreeing to join the Thurlow Nunn League First Division club.
And ahead of the teenager’s expected debut in Stowmarket’s trip to local rivals Diss Town tomorrow (3pm), Andrews is excited about what the former Ipswich Town Academy player will bring.
“I’m very pleased to secure his signing,” said Andrews, whose side extended their unbeaten run to four games in all competitions following Saturday’s 0-0 draw with AFC Sudbury Reserves.
“He’s come to the club wanting to enjoy his football and to get back into it after some time out.
“We’ve offered him the opportunity of playing regular football and to keep himself fit. It could possibly only be short term until the end of the season but we will guarantee him a friendly welcome.”
Although Howell has spent the last few seasons playing two levels higher in the Ryman League, Andrews pointed out how current Bury striker Remi Garrett took a step down to further progress his career.
“You look at someone like Remi Garrett who played for Felixstowe and Hadleigh, he was playing as a substitute on a regular basis.
“He then dropped down to play for Ipswich Wanderers, scored the goals to secure promotion and then jumped up two levels to play for Bury.”
Stow (14th) are without midfield duo James Graham (suspended) and Ashley Holmes (holiday) for this weekend’s derby, while striker Wayne Proctor (hamstring) is a doubt.
n In the Premier Division, Mildenhall Town (eighth) will look to start another winning run when they visit Saffron Walden tomorrow (3pm).
Hall saw their three match winning streak come to an end on Tuesday when they were beaten 1-0 by Brantham Athletic.
Dean Greygoose’s men were 3-0 winners over Kirkley and Pakefield at Recreation Way on Saturday, courtesy of goals from Luke Butcher, Matt Green and Rob Ruddy.
n Elsewhere, Walsham-le-Willows (18th) remain in the Premier Division relegation zone after losing 6-4 to FC Clacton at the weekend.
Andrew Wood netted a hat-trick, while Tanner Call was also on target for the Willows, as they tasted defeat in a 10-goal thriller at Summer Road.
Paul Smith’s side are aiming to end a three match losing run when they visit Kirkley and Pakefield tomorrow (3pm).
n Thetford Town (19th) are also embroiled in a battle for survival ahead of hosting Newmarket Town at Mundford Road tonight (7.45pm).
The Brecklanders were thrashed 5-0 by Stanway Rovers at the weekend and are four points and two places adrift of safety, with Danny White’s men having taken just one point from their three league games in 2016.