Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Winter sports: Welcome to Snowmarket!

The playing fields of the Stowmarket district have been transformed with this week's wintry weather.
To watch a slideshow of images from across the area at Stowmarket Town, Stowmarket RUFC, Salvation Army, Haughley United, Stowupland Falcons and Old Newton, click here.

Golf: Players scramble for pre-snow games

Plenty of golfers managed to get time on the Stowmarket Golf Club greens before the snow fell across the region.
The November Sunday Texas scramble proved extremely popular with 108 players, in 27 teams, involved.
Winners on the day were D Daniel, K Last, C George and C Daniel with 55.0 points.
The Ladies November Stableford was extremely close with Sylvia Pearce squeezing to the Division One first place on countback after scoring 29 points. Linda Gilham and Jane Darling matched her 29 but missed out on countback.
It was the same in Division Two, where Sue Knights' 26 was the same as Katie Hitchcock's score but the former won through.
No such close finish in Division Three though. Jennie Spall scored 31, four better than second-placed Charlotte Wallace.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Football: Stowmarket Town beaten by snow for second time

A snow-covered Greens Meadow pitch.

Stowmarket Town's League Cup tie at home to Histon Reserves tomorrow evening has been postponed.
The Greens Meadow pitch is under snow and, with more forecast for this evening and tomorrow, plus below freezing temperatures, the game has been put back two weeks.
Town also missed out on action on Saturday when their trip to Godmanchester Rovers was called off.
The Histon tie will now be played on Tuesday, December 14, at Greens Meadow, 7.45pm. No new date has yet been set for the Godmanchester game.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Paper Talk: Stowmarket sport in the local media (In Touch With...)

There are two full pages of sport in the December edition of In Touch With... Stowmarket, including nine stories and three pictures, as well as adverts for Old Newton United's history book, golf lessons at Stowmarket Golf Club and walk dates for The Ramblers' Association.
Reports cover the Stowmarket Referees Association, Old Newton United, Salvation Army FC, Stowmarket Youth Under-10B, the tennis club, swimming club, badminton club and Old Newton Sports and Social Club.
  • If you don’t get a copy of In Touch delivered, you can pick up a copy at outlets listed here.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Football: Sunday match off

No games this weekend
at Chilton Fields
Unicorn's Flare Recruitment Ipswich Sunday League match at home to Shotley Rose tomorrow has been postponed because of the snow-covered Chilton Fields ground.

Football: Snow show for Cedars Park

Cedars Park 1 AFC Crowley Reserves 3
Cedars Park beat the snow but not Crowley as their hard work in getting the Den pitch ready for play backfired.
The visitors took advantage of their first team not being in action with several players drafted in to strengthen their ranks.
But it was Cedars Park who had the majority of the play. The only difference was that while the Needham Market-based side took their chances, The Lions wasted theirs.
The visitors went ahead after only two minutes when first-team striker Lee Upson netted but it should have been all square four minutes later when Tommy Lankester burst free, only for the tall No 10 to shoot straight at goalkeeper Daley Youngs.
Tommy Lankester is denied
A bad-tempered first half then saw three Crowley players booked, along with home captain Tom Jacobs, either side of Charlie Morgan making it 2-0 with a deflected shot from the edge of the area.
Lankester set up another chance for the Lions to get back into the game on the stroke of half-time when he rounded former Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Youngs but no-one was in the middle to convert the loose ball.
In stoppage time, Liam Edwards' shot from a tight angle beat Youngs but could only find the side-netting.
Two minutes into the second half Lankester was gifted the opportunity to get the Lions back into the game when Youngs fluffed a clearance straight to him but his shot was straight back into the grateful goalkeeper's arms.
Andrew Batley gets in a tangle
Lankester then rounded Youngs but again his pass into the danger area found no waiting team-mate and the hosts were made to pay when Charlie Morgan scored on the break.
Half-time substitute goalkeeper James Bouldin pulled off a fine save with his legs from a corner before Stephen Holland converted Lankester's cross to give Cedars Park some hope.
Arron Hall sent a 30-yard effort fizzing narrowly over but it was Crowley who had the final chance when Upson crossed for Steven Harvey but he directed his point-blank header over the bar with the goal gaping.
Stephen Holland goes for goal
Cedars Park: Backhouse (Bouldin, h-t), Tostevin, Jeffs (Holland 54), Thompson, Anderson, Jacobs, Hall, Batley, Allnut, Lankester, Edwards.
Substitute (not used): Greenwood.
Goal: Holland 73
Booking: Jacobs (foul) 32
AFC Crowley Reserves: Youngs, Pollard, G Barker (Folkard 44), Bright, Mulley, Graham, Sumpter, R Barker (Perry 74), Upson, Chaplin (Harvey 83), Morgan.
Substitutes (not used): L Barker, Denny.
Goals: Upson 2, Chaplin 25, Morgan 66.
Bookings: Bright (foul) 12, Chaplin (foul) 19, Mulley (foul) 29.

Football: Today's local results

Arron Hall battles for the ball
during Cedars Park's defeat.
Saturday, November 27
First Division: Godmanchester Rovs v Stowmarket Town, postponed.
Reserve North Division: Stowmarket Tn Res v Lowestoft Tn Res, postponed.

Division 5: Cedars Park 1 AFC Crowley Res 3; Coddenham Res 1 Old Newton A 2.
Division 6: Willis Res 0 Cedars Park Res 7.

Senior Division: Framlingham Tn v Haughley Utd, postponed; Old Newton Utd v Coplestonians, postponed.
Division 1: Stowupland Falcons v St Johns, postponed.
Intermediate Division A: Coplestonian Res v Old Newton Utd Res.
Intermediate Division B: Haughley Utd Res v Mendlesham Res, postponed.
Division 2: Bacton Utd 89 v Salvation Army, postponed.
Division 4: Salvation Army Res v Benhall St Mary Res, postponed.

Football: Winter weather starts to bite

Stowmarket Town Reserves will not be in action today.
The Ridgeons League Reserve North Division match against Lowestoft Town Reserves was the first of the day's local action to be called off, due to a waterlogged Greens Meadow pitch.
Stowmarket Town's Ridgeons League First Division match at Godmanchester Rovers was called off this morning, as was the rest of the division's programme.
Saturday morning also brought postponements for Old Newton United (v Coplestonians), Haughley United  (at Framlingham Town), Stowupland Falcons (v St Johns), Haughley Reserves (v Mendlesham) and Salvation Army Reserves (v Benhall St Mary).
Lunchtime brought games off for Old Newton United Reserves (at Coplestonians) and Salvation Army (at Bacton United 89).
Games still listed as being on, as at 12.50pm, are Coddenham Reserves v Old Newton United A, Cedars Park v AFC Crowley Reserves and Willis Reserves v Cedars Park Reserves.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Darts: This week's Stowmarket area results

Stowmarket & District Darts League
Royal William 1 King's Arms 6; Stowupland Sports 2 Huntsman 5; Needham Institute 6 Queens Head 1; Finningham 5 Old Newton SSC B 2; British Legion 5 Coddenham 2; Meadlands 3 Onehouse Shepherd & Dog 4; Stow Crown 4 Riverside 3; Old Newton SSC A 4 Pickerel 3.
High out shots: 120 - G Beck (Needham), 116 - G Norman (Finningham), 108 - M Barton (Old Newton B).

Greene King Stowmarket & District Friendly Darts League
Old Newton SSC B 7 Beyton White Horse A 4
Haughley Kings Arms 6 Stowupland Crown 5
Beyton White Horse B 10 Old Newton SSC A 1
Stowmarket Royal William 8 Gt Finborough Chestnut Horse 3
Stowmarket Little Wellington 7 Stowmarket Kings Arms 4
Onehouse Shepherd & Dog 4 Ixworth Greyhound 7

Ingham & District Ladies Darts League
Section Two
Walsham Six Bells B 2 Haughley Kings Arms 3
Walsham Sports Club 3 Trostron Bull 2
Gt Barton Bunbury Arms 4 Walsham Six Bells A 1.

Paper Talk: Stowmarket sport in the local media (Bury Free Press)

There are nine lots of Stowmarket area-related sports stories in today’s Bury Free Press.
Pride of place goes to the town’s Under15s badminton team, who are pictured after following the example set by the U17s a week earlier to win their division of the Suffolk Junior League at Framlingham.
There are reports from Stowmarket Town and Stowmarket RUFC’s weekend victories, as well as details of junior football defeats for Stowmarket Town U11s and U10s.
A feature looks at new Suffolk Football Association chief executive Phil Knight, who is based at the county headquarters in Stowmarket.
Results include the Stowmarket and District Friendly and Ingham and District Darts Leagues, while there is also a report on Stowmarket Jaguars defeat to Thurston Spitfires in the Bury St Edmunds and District Table Tennis League.
  • Some sports reports are on the Bury Free Press website, or you can buy the paper for 70p at outlets throughout the area.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bowls: Royal well placed for champion of champions berth

Mark Royal, picture from
Stowmarket’s Mark Royal is handily placed for qualification for the Champion of Champions stage of the bwin.com bowls super8series.
The world No 3 is in fourth place after seven of his eight legs. His final day in the gruelling competition is on December 14 when he will be up against Billy Jackson, Robert Paxton and Kevin Carrie.
The world-class field also includes recently-crowned Scottish International Open champion Mervyn King and legendary Scot David Gourlay.
The competition started in August and Royal has so far managed a win and three second places in his aggregate score of 34 from the four-tournament series.
The top four players after the eight legs will qualify for the Champions of Champions grand final.

Current top eight:
1 David Gourlay 46, 2 Tim Stone 38, 3 Les Gillett 36, 4 MARK ROYAL 34, 5= Nick Brett* and Robert Paxton 32, 7 Jonathon Ross 28, 8 Greg Harlow* 26.
(All played seven legs, except * played six).

Football: New chance for Stowmarket Town to take over at top

Stowmarket Town have another chance to take over at the top of the Ridgeons League First Division table on Saturday.
While Town travel to mid-table Godmanchester Rovers, leaders Cambridge University Press face a tough trip to fourth-placed Ipswich Wanderers.
Locally, there is home action for Old Newton, Stowupland, Haughley Reserves, Salvation Army Reserves and Cedars Park.
Only slightly further afield, Salvation Army travel the short distance to Bacton.
Sunday's big game is at Chilton Fields, where Unicorn will aim to be the first team this season to take points from runaway Ipswich Sunday League leaders Shotley Rose.
Unicorn led in the reverse fixture and pushed the hosts close before going down 3-2 and the reigning champions will be hopeful of bringing their winless run to an end in style.

Ridgeons League
First Division: Godmanchester Rovs v Stowmarket Town, postponed.
Reserve North Division: Stowmarket Tn Res v Lowestoft Tn Res, postponed.

Kingsley Healthcare Suffolk & Ipswich League (2pm)
Senior Division: Framlingham Tn v Haughley Utd, postponed; Old Newton Utd v Coplestonians, postponed.
Division 1: Stowupland Falcons v St Johns, postponed.
Intermediate Division A: Coplestonian Res v Old Newton Utd Res.
Intermediate Division B: Haughley Utd Res v Mendlesham Res, postponed.
Division 2: Bacton Utd 89 v Salvation Army.
Division 4: Salvation Army Res v Benhall St Mary Res, postponed.
Division 5: Cedars Park v AFC Crowley Res; Coddenham Res v Old Newton A.
Division 6: Willis Res v Cedars Park Res.

Flare Recruitment Ipswich League (10.30am)
Premier Division: Unicorn v Shotley Rose.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Football: Home draws for local pair

The area's two remaining teams in the Club Colours Cup have been rewarded with home ties in the quarter-finals.
Old Newton United A are at home to Stonham Aspal A, while Cedars Park Reserves' reward if they can overcome Bacton United 89 Reserves is a meeting with holders Claydon Reserves.
Full draw: Bramford United Res v St Clement's Hospital Res, Cedars Park Res or Bacton United '89 Res v Claydon Res, Coplestonians A v AFC Hoxne Res, Old Newton United A v Stonham Aspal A.
Matches to be played February 5, 2011. 

Bowls: New website for Haughley

Haughley Playing Fields Bowls Club have a brand new site up and running on the internet.
The site can be viewed here and, although in its early days, has lots of club information and contact details ahead of next year's new outdoor season.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Football: Frustration continues for Unicorn

Unicorn 1 Capel Plough 2
The frustration continued for Stowmarket's Unicorn in the Premier Division of the Flare Recruitment Ipswich Sunday League.
A home defeat to Capel Plough means it is seven games without a win in all competitions but yet again the odd goal proved decisive with Unicorn having suffered four single-goal defeats and two draws during that run.
Substitute Dean Ling was on target for Unicorn, who welcome 100 per cent league leaders Shotley Rose to Chilton Fields on Sunday, 10.15am.

Athletics: Tammy leads Striders to home victory

Stowmarket Striders’ Tammy Jordan was the first woman home and led her team to the Ladies Team prize at Stowmarket Striders Scenic 7 event.
Her qualifying team mates were Rebecca Jordan and Gillian Corrigan.
Remarkably, Tammy, finished in overall 10th position in the race, more than two minutes clear of the next best woman, in a time of 42 minutes dead.
The race, which started and finished at the town leisure centre in Gainsborough Road on a route via Onehouse and Harleston, was won by Robert Reason, of Harwich Runners, in a time of 38:29.
The best-placed Stowmarket runner after Tammy was Stuart Green, a V50 runner, in 21st place with 43:34.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Football: Stowmarket Town feature on YouTube

Stowmarket Town's 3-1 victory over Ipswich Wanderers is featured on YouTube.
eddiegrundy1 was at the game and has published an eclectic mix of pictures from Greens Meadow.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Rugby: Stowmarket move to top of table

Stowmarket RUFC sit proudly atop the Eastern Counties One table this weekend.
While Stow were easing to a 32-8 victory against Woodbridge at Chilton Fields, previous leaders Cantabrigians were going down 23-17 at West Norfolk.
Stowmarket's next game is at West Norfolk on Saturday, December 4.

Eastern Counties One, top six:

West Norfolk

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Football: Salvation Army stretch unbeaten run

Goals from Johnny Doughty and Bryn Blower made it four SIL Division Two games without defeat for Salvation Army this afternoon with a 2-1 win against Parkside United.
The Salvation Army report will appear here.

Football: Thorndyke on target for Old Newton

Paul Thorndyke scored Old Newton United's goal in a 4-1 home defeat by Capel Plough in the Suffolk Senior Cup this afternoon.
Read the Green 'Un report here.

Football: County cup hopes end for Haughley

Rob Fox rises highest to punch clear.

Haughley United 0 Whitton United 3
Haughley's Suffolk Senior Cup hopes were extinguished by the cup favourites this afternoon.
But the hosts can be proud of their performance with only a fluke first goal separating the sides until the hour mark when the Ridgeons League visitors grabbed two goals within five minutes to kill the game.
Whitton dominated much of the game but found Haughley difficult to break down and some fine passing from the home team ensured Whitton had to be at their best.
Gareth Ward pulled an early chance wide for Haughley before the visitors took the lead after 20 minutes in bizarre style.
Ronaldo Wright hit a half-hearted attempt goalwards from the edge of the area but the ball took a wicked bounce in front of goalkeeper Rob Fox and looped into the net.
Fox soon redeemed himself though with a fine save to keep out a viciously curling effort from Josh Brown.
It proved to be a gloomy day
for Haughley's cup hopes
Aaron Robinson and Dave Anderson went close for Haughley but they needed the head of Callum McLuckie to keep them in the game when he cleared off the line from a corner.
Whitton doubled their lead after 57 minutes when Robbie Knott headed in and five minutes later the game was effectively over when Darcy De'ath was allowed time to head in unopposed.
The Ipswich team closed ranks after that and were content to play out the remainder of the game with little incident.

Haughley: Fox, Hawes, McLuckie (Cason 76 mins), Firman, Taplin, Mayhew, Ward, Martin, Smith, Robinson (Kidd 69), Anderson (Nickless 63).
Bookings: Anderson 59.
Whitton: Moyes, Wade (Inglis, h-t), A Clarke, De'ath, Knott, Shade, Josiah, Duzgun (Frankson 57), Wright, J Brown, J Clarke (O Brown 33). Substitute (not used): Nita.
Goals: Wright 20, Knott 57, De'ath 62.

Bookings: Clarke 84.
  • Click here to see a slideshow of action pictures from the game.

Football: Stowmarket Town find their way through fog to stay in title hunt

Stow manager Steve Jay peers
through the gloom at a fog-bound
 Greens Meadow this afternoon. 
Stowmarket Town 3 Ipswich Wanderers 1
by John Gillingham
These old rivals played out an entertaining game at a foggy Greens Meadows that saw the home side dig out a gritty performance against Wanderers, who over the 90 minutes probably had more of the possession, but it was the home side who took the all-important three points.
Stowmarket got the ideal start scoring as early as the third minute, McConnell's ball down the flank set LEE DRUMMOND away, the home player cut inside before releasing a shot that beat everybody and crept into the corner of the net. 
Minutes later the same player saw a superb shot tipped over the crossbar by Foster. 
The rest of the half, Wanderers dominated the play, and on 35 minutes deservedly equalised, Karantzis took advantage of some slack home defending, which saw his deep cross, met by KEITH HETHRINGTON, who steered the ball past home keeper Bugg.
Wanderers could have taken the lead when from a corner the ball fell to the midfield player Bailey, but his first time shot crashed aganist the home cross bar.
Stowmarket broke away, but when Graham's header also hit the visiting crossbar, MARC WAKE was following up to head home past Foster in the 42nd minute.
The second half saw both sides continue to create good openings, Laws had a free-kick turned around a post by home keeper Bugg, while minutes later, Phillips through on goal, saw his shot also turned around a post, when the Ipswich striker looked 'odds on' to equalise.
With Wanderers looking for an equaliser, gaps appeared in their defence,  Foster did well to stop Proctor and Tournay-Godfrey from adding to the home scoreline, but with 82 minutes on the clock, it was the home side that sealed the win, Drummonds perfectly placed corner saw DAN SMITH power home a header at the near post which his excellent performance in midfield deservedly won the home side their hard worked three points.

Ridgeons League First Division, top six:

Camb Uni Press
Diss Town
Ipswich Wdrs
Whitton Utd
Saffron Walden

Football: Today's Stowmarket area results

Saturday, November 20

Second round: Haughley Utd 0 Whitton Utd 3, Old Newton Utd 1 Capel Plough 4.

First Division: Stowmarket Tn 3 Ipswich Wdrs 1.
Reserve North Division: Whitton Utd Res v Stowmarket Tn Res, postponed.

Division One: Stowupland Falcons 1 Wenhaston Utd 4.
Intermediate Division A: Westerfield Utd Res 7 Old Newton Utd Res 1.
Intermediate Division B: Cockfield Utd Res 1 Haughley Utd Res 3; Wenhaston Utd Res 5 Stowupland Falcons Res 0.
Division Two: Salvation Army 2 Parkside Utd 1.
Division Five: Woolverstone Utd Res v Cedars Park, postponed.
Club Colours Cup, 2nd round: Bramford Utd Res 3 Salvation Army Res 2, Halesworth Tn Res 0 Old Newton Utd A 1.

Darts: Stowmarket's Sue is ton-up queen

Stowmarket darts player Sue Talbot has been named as the most prolific scorer in the Suffolk Ladies' Super League.
She scored 33+2 tons during the nine-match season which has just drawn to a close.
Stowmarket finished third of four teams, four points behind Lowestoft Ladies, who pipped Bury for the title by just two legs after the teams finished level on points and points difference.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Darts: Latest results

Greene King Stowmarket & District Friendly Darts League
Stowmarket Little Wellington 4 Beyton White Horse B 7
Old Newton S&SC B 5 Onehouse Shepherd & Dog 6
Beyton White Horse A 10 Old Newton S&SC A 1
Stowmarket Kings Arms 1 Stowupland Crown 10
Gt Finborough Chestnut Horse 0 Ixworth Greyhound 11
Stowmarket Royal William 7 Haughley King Arms 4
Highest out: 145 – W Marshall (Stowmarket Royal William)

Top six:

Ixworth Greyhound
Beyton WH B
Stowupland Crown
Beyton WH A
Stowmarket LW
Stowmarket RW

Bottom six:

Gt Finborough CH
Old Newton SSC B
Haughley KA
Stowmarket KA
Onehouse S&D
Old Newton SSC A
Ingham and District Ladies League
Team knockout
Gt Barton Bunbury Arms 5 Norton Dog 2
Bardwell Dun Cow 4 Walsham Six Bells B 3
Walsham Six Bells A 5 Woolpit Bull 2
Haughley Kings Arms 1 Stanton Cock B 6
High in: 156 – Caz Hewitt (Haughley Kings Arms)

Paper Talk: Stowmarket sport in the local media (Bury Free Press)

Stowmarket bowler Mark Royal features on the back of today’s Bury Free Press.
The world No 3’s narrow quarter-final defeat in the Co-operative Funeralcare Scottish International Open is covered in detail.
Stowmarket sportsmen and women features prominently across the 11 pages with the young guns of Stowmarket Badminton Club’s title-winning junior squad pictured.
Renault BARC Winter Series champion Josh Webster dominates one page
St Edmunds Pacers’ report on their performance at Stowmarket Striders Scenic Seven event is included, along with Ridgeons League reports on Stowmarket Town’s recent games, as well as details of Salvation Army’s 1-1 draw at Elmswell.
Junior reports include ones from Stowmarket and Stowupland Falcons U-10s.
Rugby reports include Stowmarket’s fine win at Cantabrigians,while results feature from Stowmarket Golf Club and The Suffolk Ladies Super Darts League among others.
  • Some sports reports are on the Bury Free Press website, or you can buy the paper for 70p at outlets throughout the area.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Football: Choice of three big games for fans to watch

There is a choice of big matches for local football fans to watch on Saturday.
It is second versus fourth in the Ridgeons First Division at Greens Meadow, where Stowmarket Town welcome Ipswich Wanderers.
In the Suffolk Senior Cup, Haughley United have the chance of a giant-killing against the Ridgeons League’s last remaining club in the competition, Whitton United. Whitton had gone 13 games without defeat but in the past week have been knocked out of both the FA Vase and League Cup and Haughley will be keen to complete an unhappy hat-trick for their Ipswich-based visitors.
Old Newton United will be looking to get back to winning ways when they welcome Capel Plough. Since winning their first three games of the season, United have won just one of the nine games since – an 8-3 Suffolk Cup win at Brandon.

Saturday’s fixtures

Second round: Haughley Utd v Whitton Utd, Old Newton Utd v Capel Plough.

First Division: Stowmarket Tn v Ipswich Wdrs.
Reserve North Division: Whitton Utd Res v Stowmarket Tn Res.

Division One: Stowupland Falcons v Wenhaston Utd.
Intermediate Division A: Westerfield Utd Res v Old Newton Utd Res.
Intermediate Division B: Cockfield Utd Res v Haughley Utd Res, Wenhaston Utd Res v Stowupland Falcons Res.
Division Two: Salvation Army v Parkside Utd.
Division Five: Woolverstone Utd Res v Cedars Park.
Club Colours Cup, 2nd round: Bramford Utd Res v Salvation Army Res, Halesworth Tn Res v Old Newton Utd A.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Football: Second Premier scalp for Stowmarket Town

Felixstowe & Walton United 2 Stowmarket Town 3
Following their victory over Premier side Hadleigh in the previous round of the Ridgeons League Cup, Stowmarket Town fans were looking for another upset when they travelled to Felixstowe.
From the line-up though, it was clear that manager Steve Jay had his eye firmly on Saturday's big First Division match with Ipswich Wanderers as he made five changes to the starting 11 that had begun the game against Thetford the previous week.
If that was to give Felixstowe a boost, it didn't show as the Gold and Black of Stow came out the blocks the quickest, finding their strikers and wingers with ease.
This pressure told with the first goal of the game after 15 minutes. Dan Hall, making his first start of the season, whipped in a deep corner from the left and new signing DAN SMITH outleaped the defence on the back post to put the visitors one up.
Felixstowe found the opening minutes a struggle and could not get into their game as Stow snapped at every pass and pressured every touch.
This was no more evident in Stow's second goal when goalkeeper Rose was hassled into a back pass which he only managed to hit towards WAYNE PROCTOR who, with plenty still to do, shifted the ball to one side and neatly rifled it into the open net from 30 yards.
As on Saturday, a two-goal lead was not enough to win this game with Felixstowe beginning to build momentum of their own and through former Sudbury player Snell, they got a goal back. His 25 yard free-kick cannoned off the cross bar, bounced on the line and was bundled into the net by SEVERY.
With seconds ticking away to the break, Felixstowe found another with more six-ard line scrambling and any number of players claiming the equaliser.
The second half was a more equal affair, with Rose the busier of the two goalkeepers, saving from Wake, on for Proctor, and man of the match Dan Smith before a neat through ball from Graham found Tournay-Godfrey whose shot was saved with his out-stretched right boot.
The resulting corner again caused problems and NATHAN BIRCH, on for Chris Smith, climbed highest at the back post to put the underdogs back in front.
With Histon Reserves at Greens Meadow in a couple of weeks in the next round, attention shifts to that all-important promotion clash this Saturday.
Stowmarket: Stacey, Tredray, C Smith (Birch), Horsfall, McConnell, Licence, Graham, D Smith, Hall, Proctor (Wake), Turnay-Godfrey.

Golf: County award for Holly

Stowmarket Golf Club Junior Holly Davies was named Young Golf Volunteer of the Year at the Suffolk Golf Partnership awards at Fynn Valley Golf Club.

Rugby: Stowmarket RUFC pull together for successful outcomes

The secret of Stowmarket RUFC’s victory over previously unbeaten Eastern Counites One leaders Cantabrigians was a simple one.
It was all a matter of pulling together - but not in the usual way.
The club’s preparation for Saturday’s crunch clash involved a 48-hour rowing marathon at Finborough School to raise funds for Help the Heroes and World Challenge, which is sending a group of pupils trekking in the Himalayas and working in community projects to help local people.
Members of the rugby club joined staff and pupils at the school from Wednesday to Friday ‘rowing’ in half-hour relays with an aim of completing a million metres. But their efforts were so good, they ended up doing an astonishing 1,039,000 metres on the Concept 2 rowing machines.
A Stow RUFC spokesman on the club’s website said: "All of the lads were due to take four half-hour shifts during the 48 hours of sweat, blisters and sheer guts that were evident in abundance.
"The commitment and effort from all involved was quite simply staggering. Not content with just rowing, the team members spent time, even in the dead of night, encouraging their team mates to maintain the pace when the going got tough."

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Football: Seaside success for Stowmarket Town

Stowmarket Town are through to the second round of the Ridgeons League Cup.
Town won 3-2 away at Premier Division side Felixstowe & Walton United this evening thanks to goals from man of the match Dan Smith, Wayne Proctor and Nathan Birch.
Stow now face Histon Reserves in the next round at Greens Meadow on November 30.

Football: Seaside cup date for Stowmarket Town

Stowmarket Town take a break from Ridgeons League action this evening when they travel to the Suffolk coast in the League Cup, 7.45pm.
High-flying First Division side Town will fancy their chances of pulling off an upset at Felixstowe & Walton United, who are struggling near the foot of the Premier Division and who crashed out of the FA Vase 11-0 earlier in the season.
But manager Steve Jay cannot afford to be complacent, The Seasiders ended a seven-match winless league run in style on Saturday with a 5-2 demolition of Great Yarmouth Town.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Motorsport: Red-hot Webster is winter series champion

Champion: Josh Webster celebrates his Formula Renault BARC
Winter Series victory. Picture: Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Stowmarket racer Josh Webster capped his first year of single-seater action perfectly at Pembrey in South Wales on Sunday by sealing his maiden championship crown in the Formula Renault BARC Winter Series.
Over the course of the six-round campaign, Webster has been the class act and during the weekend’s action delivered a series of strong performances in tricky conditions to take podiums in all four races – including a class victory.
In the end he earned the title by a magnificent 22 points and sealed the BARC Class pole position for all four Pembrey races by significant margins and also set the fastest lap in each encounter.
All told, the MSA Academy driver won half of the Winter Championship races and finished runner-up in the other three – a tremendous tally which will hopefully go a long way to helping him secure the required financial backing to graduate to the premier Formula Renault UK Championship in 2011.
"It’s incredible to win the title, I’m very happy to have done it but actually pretty frustrated as well as I had an unassailable lead in the first race on Saturday before red flags were shown and we had a stoppage," said Webster.
"The win was there for sure, I was over a second a lap quicker than the others, but at the re-start I got boxed in behind some of the UK Class cars and that cost me."

Football: Senior draw for Cedars Park

Cedars Park's reward for their Omnico Cup giant-killing on Saturday is a trip to SIL Senior Division side Framlingham Town in the third round.
The Lions beat Division Three side Walsham-le-Willows A 3-2 after extra time and are now the lowest ranked team left in the Omnico Cup.
The Division Five side face a tough test at a Fram team who have already beaten Ridgeons League side Stowmarket Town twice in cup competitions this season.
The game will be played over the Christmas bank holiday on Tuesday, December 28, 1.30pm.
Omnico Cup, third round draw (includes): Framlingham Tn v Cedars Park, Haughley Utd v Capel Plough, Melton St Audrys v Old Newton Utd.

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.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Football: Saturday round-up

Stowmarket Town missed out on the chance to go top of the Ridgeons League First Division yesterday, despite taking a 2-0 half-time lead at Thetford Town.
Knowing leaders Cambridge University Press' match at home to Cornard had been postponed, a win for Stow would have put them top of the pile.
But first-half goals from Wayne Proctor and Marc Wake were only enough for a 2-2 draw.
Geo Da Silva gave Town Reserves a 1-0 lead at Leiston in Reserve North Division but the hosts hit back to win 4-1. The club's report is here.
In the Kingsley Healthcare Senior Division, Haughley United went down 3-1 at Felixstowe United,  where Gareth Ward struck a late consolation goal. Read the Felixstowe Green 'Un report here.
Old Newton United's match at Capel Plough was postponed.
Salvation Army drew 1-1 at Elmswell in Division Two with Jon Doughty grabbing a late equalsier after he had conceded a penalty for the hosts' opener. The club report is here.
There was no Omnico Cup joy for Stowupland Falcons, who crashed to a 4-1 defeat at fellow Division One side St Johns.
Goalmouth action from Cedars Park's Omnico
Cup win over Walsham-le-Willows A.
Cedars Park left it late to pull off a cup upset against Division Two side Walsham-le-Willows A. A 90th-minute goal from Andrew Batley forced extra-time when a brace from Danny Moore earned progress for the Division Five high-fliers.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rugby: Stowmarket lower leaders' colours

Stowmarket RUFC pulled off their biggest win of the season today.
A 21-20 success at Cantabrigians moved Stow to within a point of the top of the Eastern Counties One table and ended the hosts' 100 per cent start to the season.

Football: Cedars Park leave it late for cup shock

On the ball: Tom Allnutt lays off the ball for two-goal hero Danny Moore.

Cedars Park 3 Walsham-le-Willows A 2 (aet, 90 mins 1-1)
Cedars Park left it very late to find their scoring boots and pull off an Omnico Cup shock at The Den, this afternoon.
A Walsham-le-Willows A team, from two divisions higher, were the visitors but it was The Lions who dominated throughout.
But they failed to create any clear chances, being restricted to goalmouth scrambles and long-range efforts until the last minute.
Then a quick free-kick released Andrew Batley to fire in a 90th minute equaliser and force the match into extra-time.
The visitors had taken a 55th-minute lead when Paddy Lawrence capitalised on a mistake by Liam Edwards. They were then reduced to ten men when the scorer was sent off for two lots of dissent inside a matter of seconds.
Even with the numerical advantage, The Lions failed to carve out a clear opening and it looked as if their cup hopes were over until Batley strode forward.
Extra time saw Walsham regain the lead in bizarre fashion when left-back Luke Rowe launched a hopeful high ball into the area from the wing. But it fooled home keeper Haydn Backhouse and landed in the back of the net.
Undeterred, Cedars Park went straight back up the other end to equalise when Tom Allnutt and substitute Tommy Lankester combined to set-up Danny Moore to ram the ball into the roof of the net.
Two minute later Moore was in the right place again, sliding in the winner from Lankester ‘s cut-back.
In the closing stages, Edwards headed off his own line from a corner after The Lions had been reduced to ten men when substitute Aaron Hall was dismissed for an elbow.

Get stuck in! Tom Coe battles for the ball.
Cedars Park: Backhouse, Tostevin, Moore, Thompson, Jacobs, Kennedy, Edwards, Batley, Allnutt, Holland (Lankester 60 mins), Coe (Hall 71).
Substitutes (not used): Hardwick, Bouldin.
Goals: Batley 90, Moore (2) 103, 105.
Bookings:  Kennedy (foul, 97).
Sending-off: Hall (foul , 118).
Walsham-le-Willows: Arnold, Rynman, Rowe, Last, Fletcher, Stannard, King (Smith, 71), Davies (Hubbard 82), Lawrence, Foreman, Williams.
Substitute (not used): Guest.
Goals: Lawrence 55, Rowe 101.
Bookings: Lawrence x 2 (dissent 63), Foreman (foul, 70), Rowe (ungentlemanly conduct, 101).
Sending-off: Lawrence (two yellow cards, 63). 
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