Stow’s promotion quest gets back under way following weekend off

QUICKFIRE GAMES: Rick Andrews' Stowmarket face Downham and Team Bury in the space of four days
QUICKFIRE GAMES: Rick Andrews' Stowmarket face Downham and Team Bury in the space of four days
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After a weekend with no action, Stowmarket Town will resume their battle for the Thurlow Nunn League First Division title with two matches in the space of four days.

Tomorrow, Stow welcome Downham Town to Greens Meadow (3pm), before making the short trip down the A14 to face Team Bury at Ram Meadow on Tuesday evening (7.45pm).

Rick Andrews’ second-placed side, who have lost just two league matches all season, head into the double-header one point adrift of league-leading Coggeshall Town.

The Essex side have only one fixture schedule d this week, meaning two wins for Stow would send them top of the table heading into March.

n Prior to Tuesday’s derby against Stow, Team Bury will tomorrow travel to Cornard United (3pm).

The Ards (14th) are one place and two points above the Bury youngsters, who have two games in hand.

Team Bury head into those matches on the back of a 5-0 home drubbing at the hands of promotion-hunting Haverhill Borough.

Meanwhile, The Blues have been drawn against either King’s Lynn Town Reserves or Whitton United in the semi-finals of the First Division Knockout Cup.

The tie will be played on either March 14 or 15.

n Needham Market Reserves ended a 16-match losing streak in all competitions by claiming a 2-2 draw from their home outing against Downham on Saturday.

After a goal-less opening 45 minutes at Bloomfields, Needham’s second string went on to open up a two-goal lead through Will Crisell and William Wharton-Richardson.

However, they could not hold on as Matt Bussens struck a late brace to salvage a share of the spoils for the visitors from Norfolk.

Ninteenth-placed Needham have the opportunity to make up some ground on the side directly above them — Debenham LC — tomorrow (3pm).

Hosting Debenham, now managed by ex-Halstead Town boss Mark Benterman, are nine points better off than Needham, and have also played four games less.