THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION: Stowmarket Town 6 Needham Market Reserves 2: Stowmarket Town boss Rick Andrews is enjoying the feelgood factor after his side thrashed Needham Market Reserves 6-2 on Saturday.
The Old Gold and Blacks got back to winning ways in style at Greens Meadow after exiting the First Division Knockout Cup four days earlier to Great Yarmouth Town.
The Stow boss could not have been happier as his team recorded their biggest win of the season against the Marketmen, ahead of travelling to March Town United tomorrow (3pm).
“I thought we played some good stuff today,” said Andrews, whose side are searching for four consecutive league wins for the first time since August 2010. “It was nice to get back to winning ways after the disappointment in midweek.
“There’s a bit of a feelgood factor around the club at the moment, with the new players that have come into the squad giving us that bit of stability and creativity.
“We’re now more of a threat upfront and always look like we’re going to score goals.”
In front of their largest home crowd of the season, Town took the lead after 14 minutes.
Ben Garnham’s diving header met Wayne Proctor’s cross to put the hosts in front.
After 33 minutes, Stow doubled their advantage when Proctor’s free-kick bounced off the crossbar and Remell Davis reacted quickest to convert the rebound.
Davis put Stow 3-0 up when his first-time strike from Proctor’s pass fired past James Bradbrook into the far corner.
Needham gave themselves hope on the stroke of half-time as Matt Poxon’s shot from outside the penalty area flew past John Bradbrook — brother of Needham custodian James — to make it 3-1 at the interval.
Town came out of the blocks the quickest at the restart and extended their lead in the 52nd minute.
Davis played Proctor through on goal and the club’s top scorer made no mistake to bag his 15th strike of the season in gold and black colours.
Stow went further ahead when Josh Merritt looped the ball over Bradbrook from outside the box for his first goal since signing in November.
The hosts had a sixth after 73 minutes when Lamarr Bennett-Grant latched on to Proctor’s cross to score 11 minutes into his debut.
Poxon grabbed his second goal of the afternoon two minutes later for the visitors, but it could not stop Stow from claiming three straight league wins for the first time since November 2010.
Stowmarket: John Bradbrook, Ross (S Licence 65), Newnes, Rea, Widdowson, Flurrie, Garnham, Merritt, Proctor, Davis (Bennett-Grant 62), Duka. Sub not used: Andrews.
Needham: James Bradbrook, Farr, Clarke, Bloomfield, Hope, Seward, Heath (Pope 60), Dye (Ward 76), Taylor (Evans 45), Poxon, Howell. Subs not used: Radbourne, Sparrow.
Man of the match: Remell Davis.