New Stow pair are in ‘driving seat’ for job

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Stowmarket Town’s chairman has urged the club’s new interim management duo to prove they deserve the job on a full-time basis.

Shane Austin quit as boss last week with the club languishing just one place off the foot of the Thurlow Nunn First Division table.

But the club swiftly appointed an interim management team, with Ricky Andrews and Ricky License taking the reins until the end of the season.

Yellow and Golds chairman Neil Sharpe said the pair now have to prove they deserve to stay on beyond the end of the campaign.

“They’ve basically got about eight weeks to show us they have got what it takes.

“We’ll advertise the job at the end of the season but at the moment they are in the driving seat,” he said.

The pair took charge for the first time in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat away to Halstead Town, with Sam License on the scoresheet for the visitors.

Sharpe said although the result was disappointing, he had seen more urgency from the struggling side.

“It was a tough defeat but it seemed like the players have knuckled down already.

“There was a lot of hard work and it was a good reaction,” he said.

The Greens Meadow side are set to host Ipswich Wanderers on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Elsewhere in the First Division, Team Bury — who last played in a 1-0 win against Cornard United on March 5 — should be back in action at home to Fakenham Town tomorrow (3pm).

In the Premier Division, high-flying Mildenhall Town and Walsham-le-Willows face each other at Summer Road tomorrow (3pm).

Mildenhall, who sit in fifth, could leapfrog their second-placed rivals with a win, having won their last game against Ely City.

Walsham-le-Willows will be looking to keep the pressure on table-topping Dereham Town, with the Willows running out 2-0 winners in their last game against Hadleigh United. Stuart Jopling scored both goals for the visiting side.

Thetford face a tough test as they host third-placed Brantham tomorrow (3pm).