Management duo to be appointed permanently

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Improving Stowmarket Town are set to appoint temporary management duo Rick Andrews and Ricky Licence on a permanent basis next week.

The club’s committee will meet in the coming days to decide a plan of action for next season after a successful Easter weekend.

The second-bottom Gold and Blacks thrashed Braintree Town Reserves 4-0 in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division on Saturday before earning a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Debenham LC on Easter Monday, prompting joint-boss Andrews to set his sights high for next year.

“I honestly believe it’s going to be an exciting season next year,” said Andrews. “We’ll look to add a few new faces and have good pre-season, so I would like to think we will be at the other end of the table.”

New signing Jordan Davis bagged a brace against Braintree, with Matt Hayden and Sam Licence also on target, while Dan Andrews’ equaliser earned Stow a point with Debenham.

Team Bury — who were due to host Fakenham Town last night and also play host to Ipswich Wanderers on Tuesday (7.45pm) — enhanced their bid for an automatic spot in next season’s FA Cup with two wins over Easter.

The Blues, who need to finish in the top 10 of the Thurlow Nunn First Division to qualify for the world’s oldest and most famous domestic cup competition, won 4-0 at Downham Town on Saturday courtesy of a hat-trick from Joseph Yaxley and a goal from Ashley Thompson before coming from behind to see off Great Yarmouth Town 3-1 on Easter Monday thanks to a brace from Ryan Taylor and a single strike from Alex Gathercole.

In the Premier Division, Walsham-le-Willows recorded a stunning 7-0 win over Wivenhoe Town on Saturday thanks to a hat-trick from Ollie Hughes, a brace from Jack Brame and single strikes from Stuart Jopling and Shaun Thorrold.

Walsham — who travel to Gorleston on Saturday (3pm) — also won 3-1 at CRC on Wednesday with goals from Hughes (two) and Tom Agricole.

Mildenhall Town visit Wisbech Town on Tuesday (7.45pm).