Monday, November 15, 2010

Football: Stowmarket Town stay on course for promotion

Thetford Town 2 Stowmarket Town 2
by John Griffin
It was crucial that Stowmarket Town kept up their promotion aspirations with all three points here on Saturday and they certainly started the brighter with shots just over from Proctor and Wake.
On 21 their pressure told and from a long clearance Wake held the ball well, found Proctor whose angled shot was too hot to handle and it found its way into the net.
Thetford could only respond with long range efforts that went high and wide and their defence was once again undone by a through ball which resulted in a penalty.
Unfortunately Wake saw his effort saved but with Dan Smith, making his first start since joining from Stanway, controlling things in midfield, it was only a matter of time before the score was increased.
Drummond's drive down the left, back to Wake, long ball out wide to Myhill who found the bursting run of Tredray, his neat chip fell to Wake who riffled his shot into the far corner.
Stow continued to control the game and went in the happier of the two sides.
The second 45 started brightly, with both sides exploiting the spaces that now appeared all over the park, and it was Dixon for Thetford who looked liveliest.
His neat back heel found Mann whose shot was well saved by Bugg, while at the other end Myhill's thunderbolt cannoned off the bar.
Stow had further chances to increase their lead but could not find a way through and it was Thetford who scored next with a controversial penalty, converted by Dixon.
With their tails now up, the hard-working Joseph got his rewards with a drive that bobbled in front of Bugg to make it 2-2.
Stow weren't finished yet and ended the stronger with what they thought was a goal, ruled not to have crossed the line.
Stowmarket: Bugg, Tredray (MoM), C Smith, Birch, McConnell, Myhill (Licence), Graham, D Smith (Hall), Drummond, Proctor (Tournay-Godfrey), Wake.

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