Stowmarket ready for battle of bottom three

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STOWMARKET Town head into two important clashes this week, hoping two victories could propel them off the bottom of the Ridgeons League First Division. Shane Austin’s men host second-bottom Cornard United tomorrow (3pm) and third-bottom Team Bury on Tuesday (7.45pm).

The former Bramford United manager is currently undertaking a rebuilding process at Greens Meadow, with the loss of several key players in recent weeks, including top scorer Wayne Proctor to Mildenhall Town.

And that has meant Stow have continued to flounder, crashing out of the Suffolk Senior Cup to Suffolk and Ipswich League side Grundisburgh and losing seven consecutive First Division matches.

Their seventh league loss in a row came on Saturday when they went down 5-2 at the hands of Swaffham Town.

The Norfolk side’s winger Alex Vincent became the second wideman in seven days to grab a hat-trick against Austin’s charges.

Kieren Joseph and Chris Gray went close for the visitors before Vincent grabbed his first two goals.

Goalkeeper Carl Pearson pulled off three top class saves to keep the score down, but Dean Cooper headed in a spectacular own goal on his debut to put Swaffham 3-0 ahead.

Gray and Joseph netted within three minutes of each other to put the Greens Meadow-based outfit back in the game and they were denied a leveller when Gray hit the underside of the crossbar from two yards out and James Graham nodding over.

And they were made to rue their misses when Vincent completed his treble and Joe Jackson wrapped up the scoring in the final minute.