Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Football: Stowmarket Town hit back to earn cup progress

Stowmarket Town 3 Histon Reserves 1
Both teams and referee Mr A. Sannerude (from Lowestoft) were keen to see this Ridgeons League Cup tie get under way, and get under way it did with both teams playing a fast and 'slick' passing game.  
The young visitors from Histon certainly had all the early play with Unwin and Taaffe looking very dangerous every time they got forward, but it was Stowmarket Town who came the closest to open the scoring when a neat build up saw Ross Myhill's shot well saved by Lawton.
Equaliser: Wayne Proctor
got Stow back into the game
But on 25 minutes, it was visiting Histon that took the lead. A corner caused confusion in the home penalty area, the ball fell to Zac Mills and he slammed the ball past Kevin Bugg.  
But the Old Gold & Blacks of Stow weren't behind for long, three minutes precisely as Wayne Proctor crashed home the equaliser after good build-up play between Dan Tredray and Marc Wake. 
Two minutes later and Stow took were in front, a corner from Drummond, saw Nathan Birch throw himself at the ball, he missed, the ball fell to Dan Smith and  'bang' 2-1! 
Stow were now looking at ease on the ball and right on the stroke of half-time they were 3-1 goals to the good, another ball across their box from Wake saw Lee Drummond thrash the ball home although it looked like it got a wicked deflection off Histon central defender Kenny Smith. 
The second half was all about who could keep their feet as the conditions got more frosty by the minute.
Both sides had a lot of the ball but there was little goalmouth action.
Unwin went close for Histon with a couple of long-range shots, while Graham (with a header ) and Dean Tournay-Godfrey, with a couple of rasping drives, and a header from Rob Canfer were the closest Stow came to increasing their lead.
With the game, which had been played in a good spirit drawing to a close, Histon substitute, Polley was sent off ( a straight red) after three silly tackles on Dan Hall, all inside a minute.

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