Stowmarket boss staying grounded

GROUNDED: Stowmarket manager Rick Andrews
GROUNDED: Stowmarket manager Rick Andrews

Rick Andrews insists Stowmarket Town are not getting ahead of themselves in their bid for promotion this season, writes Alex Moss.

The Old Gold and Blacks climbed to the top of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division table after beating local rivals Framlingham Town 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Jack Baker, Ace Howell and new signing Steve Holder scored the goals to help Stow to a sixth consecutive win.

But ahead of making the short trip to Whitton United (19th) tomorrow (3pm), Stowmarket manager Andrews warned his side they must not take their foot off the pedal.

“There’s a good buzz around the club,” he said.

“We’re 12 games unbeaten (in the league) and are top but I’d rather it be in April.

“To take nine points from our last three games against Wisbech (St Mary), Holland (FC) and Framlingham, all teams in and around us, I can’t ask for much more than that.

“Football can be a cruel game though. We’ve got a tough game next against Whitton, who gave us a good game at our place a few weeks ago, so we’ve got to keep working hard as a team if we want to stay at the top.”

Ahead of visiting Holland FC last Saturday, Stow were boosted by the signing of highly-rated striker Holder from Newmarket Town.

The ex-Mildenhall Town and Bury Town frontman netted on his debut as Andrews’ side ran out comfortable 4-0 winners over the First Division new boys.

Danny Cunningham, Scott Marjoram and George Bugg were also on target.