Stow’s campaign hinges on outcome of cup semi-final
Sam Nunn knows a thing or two about winning the Suffolk Premier Cup, and the defender is eager for his Stowmarket Town side to book themselves a Portman Road final date.
The Old Gold & Blacks take on higher-league Felixstowe & Walton United in the last four on Tuesday evening at the Millfield, home of Hadleigh United (7.45pm).
And with inconsistent results having ended their hopes of challenging for the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title over the coming weeks, Stowmarket’s season looks to hinge on the outcome of the clash with the Seasiders.
Asked whether the result will go a long way to defining their season, Nunn, who has previously lifted the trophy during stints with Bury Town and Needham Market, said: “I think it does. It is big for the club to get to a final because we have had great backing this year.
“The attendances keep going up and the club is on the up, so a night out at Portman Road is a big thing for a lot of people, including the players.
“It has been frustrating in the league because we have not been consistent enough.
“We have lost and drawn too many, but injuries have killed us. If we had everyone fit we would still be challenging (for the title).
“Felixstowe are obviously a good side and they play one level above us, but we can beat anyone on our day and match any side.
“Once people get a taste of winning things it builds confidence. You play football to win things.
“I wanted to win the league this year, not be down in fourth, but if we can pick up some silverware it could be the start of us becoming more consistent.”
Prior to their semi-final date, Stowmarket Town will welcome Woodbridge Town to Greens Meadow tomorrow (3pm).
The Woodpeckers, who were promoted from the First Division last term, are currently second and hold a six-point advantage over their fourth-placed hosts.
“I was impressed with Woodbridge when we played them recently (1-1 draw in February),” said Nunn.
“They looked to get the ball down and were a good side.
“We still want to finish as high as we can and second will not be out of the question if we can beat them.
“Tuesday is obviously a big day for the club but so is Saturday.”
Stowmarket head into their important double header following back-to-back draws from trips to Cambridgeshire against league-leading Histon (0-0) and Ely City (3-3) – report below.