Monday, July 04, 2011

Golf lessons for 14-25 year olds

Stowmarket Golf Club is proud to be taking part in

Sportivate this summer….

Sportivate is a lottery funded nationwide campaign to
provide teenagers and young people the opportunity to
experience sport.

PGA Golf Professional John Markham will be running a 6
week course of beginner’s group lessons for any teenagers
or young adults aged between 14 – 25.

The lessons will be held on:
Tuesday 26th July 6pm – 7pm
Tuesday 2nd August 6pm – 7pm
Tuesday 9th August 6pm – 7pm
Tuesday 16th August 6pm – 7pm
Tuesday 23rd August 6pm – 7pm
Tuesday 30th August 6pm – 7.30pm
The cost for the 6 week course is just £10!

All equipment is provided but places are limited,
so to book please contact John Markham on:
01449 736392 / 07866 222198 /

Kids summer golf



This summer PGA Golf Professional
John Markham will be running junior golf activity
days on the following dates:

Each day will run from 10.00am - 4.00pm.
The cost is £20.00 per person.
The day will consist of coaching, competitions,
games, challenges and prizes!

A packed lunch will be required.

Please contact John to book on:
01449 736392 / 07866 222198

Friday, June 24, 2011

Stowmarket Town Seeking Young Talented Manager

Stowmarket Town Under 8's are looking for a young, enthusiastic manager for this coming season. Transport is needed to travel to and from training and games however all match kit and equipment will be provided to the successful applicant.  If any one is interested please send details and experiences (if any) to This is an exciting opportunity to be involved with youth football.

Haughley Bowls Club

On Sunday June 25th at 2.00pm Haughley Bowls Club are hosting the Semi-Final of the County Marie-Denny Trophy between Area 'D' and Area 'A'. The other Semi-Final sees Area 'C play Area 'B' at Debenham B.C.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ipswich to host London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay, the curtain raiser to the London 2012 Games, is coming to Ipswich.
The Olympic Flame will arrive in the town on the evening of July 5, 2012 and will form the centrepiece of an entertainment extravaganza in Christchurch Park.
The news was greeted with great excitement  by children at Murrayfield Primary in Ipswich, who were joined by elite athletes, council representatives  and former British Olympic Chief Simon Clegg, to hear the news.
The Olympic Torch Relay, the curtain raiser to the London 2012 Games, is coming to Ipswich.

Bill Miller Matchplay Trophy

The Bill Miller Matchplay Trophy is now under way, for those of you who are new to match play its a one vs one game played on a hole by hole basis. If you score a 5 on the first and your opponent scores a 6 you win that hole and go 1 hole up with only 8 left to play, the person in the lead after 9 holes wins the match and goes through. Handicaps do count in this competition. If the match is level after 9 then sudden death is played and the first person to win a hole wins the match.
The Men's and Ladies draw sheets are attached, you can play your match on a non medal or stableford week or arrange it during your time, please email me for the email address of your opponent. If the match remains unplayed by the due date then I will flip a coin to see who progresses unless either player is willing to drop out due to holidays etc.
Its a fun event, our only singles matchplay and a great way to experience a new style of golf as well as meeting some new poeple.

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We say a very big thank you to Steve for passing this blog onto us to manage and grow, we hope that we have the same success that Steve had.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Football: Stowmarket Town make early signings

The football season is barely over but already Stowmarket Town are planning for 2011/12 with two players already signed up.
Defender Nathan Birch and striker Wayne Proctor made a tremendous start to life as Stowmarket players last year, helping them secure their highest place finish since relegation in 2005 and both have agreed to stay at the club.
Birch, Supporters Player of the Year, and Proctor, a 31-goal scoring machine had been approached by Ridgeons Premier Division sides but decided that the exciting progress, team spirit and the passion to push the club to the promotion places next year was all important in making their decision to stay. 
As for Stowmarket Town and manager Steve Jay, this shows great ambition for the coming season.
General manager John Griffin said: "We are really pleased that both boys have decided to stay with us next season. 
"They, along with the whole squad, had a great year and we achieved our objectives in 2011. Next season, we want to take that next step and these signings show our serious intent to put Stowmarket back on the map. 
"It's now down to Steve and I to strengthen where needed but it's important the players of last year remain in place as we were only a few performances away from joining Diss and Gorleston."
Chairman Neil Sharp added: "We have all worked hard off the pitch these last two seasons and the signing of these two exciting players shows that this hard work is paying off. 
"We will now help the manager wherever we can in strengthen the squad and support the general manager's approach for consistency in the players that were here this year. 
"They all deserve great credit for a wonderful 2010-11 and fingers crossed for next season."

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bowls: Rookery earn Edwards Cup victory

Stowmarket's Rookery Bowls Club are through to the second round of the Bert Edwards Fours Cup thanks to a 55-50 victory over Woodbridge.
Rookery will be at home to Bungay Town on June 4 after the border team beat Felixstowe & Suffolk 61-44 in their first round match.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Motorsport: Second podium finish for Webster

Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship title contender Josh Webster took his second podium of the 2011 season at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit over the weekend to move into fifth place in the driver standings – just 17 points shy of the series lead.

Stowmarket-based Josh, a member of the MSA Academy, was unfortunate to miss out on the pivotal pole position for round three by the tinniest of margins – a mere 0.005 seconds – and that proved to be the determining factor in the first of the weekend’s races.
Not quite able to usurp pole-sitter, and Fortec Motorsport team-mate, Kieran Vernon into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time, the 17-year-old Suffolk racer had to tuck-in and settle for a nonetheless welcome second place with hardly anything to choose between the pair in terms of pace.
Little more than a second separated the two front-runners throughout the 19-lap encounter but with overtaking in a Formula Renault car nigh-on impossible at the 1.2-mile Kent track, Josh had to shadow Vernon to the flag – posting second fastest lap in the process with a time of 45.658 seconds.
Qualifying for round four was a more troublesome affair for Josh as he lost vital track time due to an issue with the floor on his FR 2.0 coming loose and requiring an urgent pit-stop mid-session. Missing the optimum time to be on track due to the enforced pit visit, and with it the chance to challenge for pole position, he brilliantly salvaged the sixth fastest lap – only 0.184 seconds shy of the top spot.
Moving into fifth off the start, the Nine Telecom Group, Admiral Group, Integra ICT, Sunwise, Melbek Technology, Everyone Active and Flying Saucer supported racer slipped to sixth on lap two but got back into fifth on lap 11 when Vernon crashed out from fourth at Graham Hill Bend.
Missing out on the fastest race lap by just eight 100ths of a second, Josh displayed tremendous pace once again and as part of a very close finish on lap 20 he missed out on the podium places by only 0.6 seconds.
“It was all about qualifying this weekend, as it always is at Brands Indy”, said Josh, “The first session was really close and we only just missed taking pole position. In the race I got away well and had a good run into Paddock but Kieran had the door closed and that was it, we had to settle for second.
"In race two, my tyres seemed to take ages to come on so that made things pretty difficult early on but fifth in the end gives us more good points for the championship which is what we need. It’s a real shame we had the problem with the floor of the car coming unbolted in second qualifying as we could easily have been on the podium again if we’d been on the first two rows.”

There are just two weeks to wait for the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship season which will be held on Saturday, 28th May, at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bowls: Latest results

Ipswich & District Triples Bowls League
Division A: Stowupland 5.5 (73) Capel St Mary Kites 1.5 (63).
Division D: Woodbridge 3 (64) Combs Ford 4 (71).

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Darts: Latest results

Royal William Stowmarket Darts Summer League

Week 3: Finningham White Horse 3 Old Newton Sports & Social 6; Elmswell Fox 4 Stowmarket Crown 5; Haughley Kings Arms 1 Stowmarket Royal William 8; Stowupland Crown 3 Stowmarket Walnut Tree 6; Stowmarket Meadlands Club 5 Stowmarket Kings Arms 4.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Football: Presentation night fun for Salvation Army

By John Ellitson
This is the occasion when both teams gather at sponsors, The Authentic Oriental Food Restaurant and eat drink and listen to speeches before the awards are given.
It was a bit like a football match with the first team v the reserves in competition.
Who could sit at the table where the food would be served first? The reserves lost this due to bad decisions by Baker and Wings (For those who are reading this in remote parts of the world or north of Watford, you are right they are the ones with the dodgy knees) but they made it to the table first.(Wrong table)
Next competition which team could eat the most duck? Did you hear about the couple who go to a Chinese restaurant and order chop suey. The waiter brings out a pot with a lid but the couple don’t get around to eating, because every so often the lid lifts up a tiny bit and a tiny pair of eyes peer out at the couple. Finally, the stunned man calls the waiter over, points out the weird situation, and says, "No matter what, we're not going to eat that. Are you sure that's chop suey?"
"Oh I'm sorry sir," the waiter replies, "That's my mistake - I've brought you Peking duck." Read it again Mrs. Rossiter and you will get it.
Duck was brought, battle commenced, and the first teamers gave it a real go with duck disappearing like Rottweiler Jamie’s shots on goal FAST, but unlike Jamie they were on target. Wings put the reserves ahead when he was heard shouting ‘more, more,’ More duck arrived on every table.
I was privileged to sit with the beautiful ladies belonging to Sam and Danny, the guys who have managed the first team this year. Lady Sam and Lady Dan were our champions whose motivation was in the saying ‘Your strength lies in your continued belief that what you just ate was indeed duck’ they believed it and finished our duck, Wings an all (pun).
The final competition was the speeches of the managers, both spoke well but the reserve manager Paul Salmon won this because he mentioned ME.
Scores 1st team 1, Reserves 1 Ladies on my table 1
When the Chairman Mark Cross stood up with Secretary Adrian Moye and Paul Salmon someone told me they were out for a walk. And Cross says, "Windy, isn't it?" Moye says, "No, it's Thursday!" Salmon says, "So am I. Let's go get milk shake." If that was true what hope does the club have?

Thankfully we have a great committee and hard working club officials whose hearts are in the Salvation Army Football Club.
There is a saying - If at first you don’t succeed, parachuting is not for you, well thankfully we are not in the parachuting business but FOOTBALL. We didn’t succeed well this season this season but with the great set of lads at this club and the background support we will rise up and fly with Wings (he gets everywhere) aim him high (back to Jamie’s shooting) PROMOTION.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Volleyball: Stowmarket have eyes on bigger things

Winning ways:  Stowmarket's Mark Ames is seen hitting out in the Weymouth Grand Prix in this picture by Tom Ames.
Having reclaimed the Suffolk Cup in April, Stowmarket Volleyball Club are looking to get more people in the area playing over the summer so they can go on to bigger and better things.
From May 24, the club will join forces with Stow Stingers, playing on The Rec on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer.
Club spokesman Andrew Whitefield said: "Adults and high school students are welcome to join these free sessions from 7pm until dusk.
"There's plenty to look forward to over the summer, with the Suffolk Open at Chilton Fields on June 12, a charity tournament at Amberfield School in Nacton on the 26th and a community volleyball day, including a novice tournament, exhibition matches and have-a-go sessions on Saturday July 26."
That's not to mention tournaments in Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth, Cambridge and further afield.
For more information, see or contact Andrew Whitefield (, 01473 261865 weekdays daytime or 01473 687811 evenings and weekends).

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Golf: Centre appeals for course help

Stowmarket Golf Centre pro Duncan Burl is seeking help in improving things at the nine-hole course after a lack of rain has caused problems.
He said: "There is no escaping the course is in pretty sorry state at the moment. Ten weeks of dry weather has been great for the sun tan but no good for the course.
"We are caught in a trap at the moment, the daisy man is booked in to come after the next decent rain but the fairways can't be cut for three-four days before he arrives.
"So added to drought we now have long grass, daisies, dandelions and rock hard bouncy greens - not much use to anyone."
Burl insists something needs to be done urgently to improve matters and said he was looking into grants and funding to allow the couree to have an irrigation system fitted.
"I am also going to chase local businesses for sponsorship to see if we can get some money in to get the ball rolling, or stop the ball rolling!" he added.
Burl has quotes from last year suggesting the cost would be about £10,000-£12,000 to dig a bore hole and lay the infrastructure to maintain the golf course for the long term.
"Once the capital work is done, the on-going cost of electricity to power the pump and maintenance will be absorbed by the increase in business."
Anyone willing to give up some time to help Burl is urged to make contact -
"I am looking for people with a knowledge of grants and funding and people with sales experience to help promote the golf centre," he said.
"I fully understand if golf is your leisure time and this sounds like work.
"I will get it done eventually but if you would like to help, the tea and biscuits are free!"

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Darts: Latest results

Royal William Stowmarket Darts Summer League
Week 2:
 Stowmarket Crown 6, Finningham White Horse 3; Stowmarket Meadlands Club 2, Stowupland Crown 7; Stowmarket Walnut Tree 4, Haughley Kings Arms 5; Stowmarket Royal William 7, Elmswell Fox 2; Stowmarket Kings Arms 4, Old Newton S&SC 5.

Monday, May 09, 2011

Football: Giant-killing completes treble for Stowupland Falcons veterans

Norfolk & Suffolk Veteran League First Division champions Stowupland Falcons beat holders Norwich Trafford by the narrowest of margins in the League Cup final at Diss.
Both clubs had won their respective County FA Veterans' Cup and a close encounter was expected with the Suffolk side just about deserving their 1-0 success with Justin Fuller scoring from close range just before half-time.
Former Ipswich and Colchester star Gavin Johnson took the man of the match award - he hardly put a foot wrong in dealing with Premier Division Trafford's attacks.

Football: Youth success for Salvation Army

by Martin Cobbold
Salvation Army FC’s new youth training scheme has been progressing fantastically well since it started in March.
Current Salvation Army players and coaching staff, with Football Association-recognised coaching qualifications have been providing coaching for about 20 youngsters each Saturday morning and are now looking to register an Under 8s side for next season.
The club are still looking for players of this age and welcome any interest. If your child would be interested in this exciting new venture for an award-winning, Charter Standard club, get in contact with either Mark on 01449 677539, or Ian on 01449 614805. Alternatively, you can contact the club via
Salvation Army First XI finished the season in style with a 5-0 drubbing of the already relegated Elmswell.
After having other sides’ results go their way in previous weeks to secure Division 2 SIL status for the coming season, the final game was a chance for the Chilton Fields-based side to relax and play the type of football they were capable of.
Manager Sam Dickie expressed his desire before the game to finish the season with a positive win and so it turned out thanks to goals from Lewis Stannard (2), Paul Gunton (2) and Neal Whitford.
In truth, the final result could have resembled a cricket score had Army been more ruthless in front of goal, but the season has ended on a high and with signs of promise to push on next season.
Unfortunately, the end of the season compounded a tough year for the Reserves as relegation from Division Four was confirmed, despite an end of season rally, where the side has only lost twice since mid-March.
However, the side will be intent on improving on this season when the 2011-12 campaign gets underway.
For more information on Salvation Army FC, visit

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Golf: Hole-in-one not enough to beat Stowmarket

A hole-in-one on the 190-yard ninth hole at Stowmarket Golf Club was not enough to earn Diss Juniors victory over the hosts.
Visiting captain George Osborn struck his ace against Stowmarket's Owen Clouting but the home team still managed a 3.5-2.5 victory in the Suffolk Junior Team Handicap Cup.

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Football: Today's local results

Saturday, May 7
Kingsley Healthcare Suffolk & Ipswich League
Senior Division: Achilles 1 Haughley Utd 1; Crane Sports 3 Old Newton Utd 0.
Intermediate Division A: Old Newton Utd Res 3 Achilles Res 2.
Intermediate Division B: Haughley Utd Res 3 Cockfield Utd Res 2.
Division 2: Salvation Army 5 Elmswell 0.
Division 4: AFC Hoxne Res 5 Salvation Army Res 0.
Division 5: Old Newton Utd A 1 St Clements Hospital Res 8.

Darts: Latest results

Royal William Stowmarket Darts Summer League
Week 1: Old Newton S&SC 7 Stowmarket Crown 2; Finningham White Horse 1 Stowmarket Royal William 8; Elmswell Fox 5 Stowmarket Walnut Tree 4; Haughley Kings Arms 5 Stowmarket Meadlands Club 4; Stowupland Crown v Stowmarket Kings Arms, postponed.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Football: This weekend's local fixtures

Friday, May 6
Norfolk & Suffolk Veterans League (7.45pm)
League Cup, final: Stowupland Falcons v Norwich Trafford (at Diss Town).

Saturday, May 7
Kingsley Healthcare Suffolk & Ipswich League (2.30pm)
Senior Division: Achilles v Haughley Utd; Crane Sports v Old Newton Utd.
Intermediate Division A: Old Newton Utd Res v Achilles Res (2pm).
Intermediate Division B: BT Trimley Res v Stowupland Falcons Res; Haughley Utd Res v Cockfield Utd Res.
Division 2: Salvation Army v Elmswell.
Division 4: AFC Hoxne Res v Salvation Army Res.
Division 5: Old Newton Utd A v St Clements Hospital Res.

Sunday, May 8
Flare Recruitment Ipswich Sunday League (10.30am)
Division MB3: Wetherden 08 v Claydon 07.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Football: New manager needed for Old Newton's second team

Old Newton United are seeking a Reserve team manager for the 2011/2012 season. 
The Reserves play in Intermediate A of the Kingsley Healthcare Suffolk & Ipswich League. 
Applicants should ideally have experience of managing at a similar standard and hold a Level 1 coaching badge, although the club are willing to help the right candidate achieve this. 
For further information or to apply for this position, please contact David Shave (chairman), 01449 673537, or email

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Paper Talk: Stowmarket sport in the local media (Spotlight on Stowmarket)

Issue 3 of Spotlight on Stowmarket is in circulation this week but sport is not an overwhelming presence in its 20 glossy pages.
The only sporting interests featured are Stowmarket Bridge Club and Stowmarket Ramblers, although there is an appeal for details of anyone who competed in the London marathon and, slightly off patch, a request for entries to the Needham Market Raft Race on June 26.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Football: Two goals in a minute enough to beat Old Newton

Craig Lockwood is left crestfallen after seeing his save turned
into the first goal for Achilles.
Two lapses of concentration inside a minute cost Old Newton United dearly in this evening's SIL Senior Division game at Achilles.
The visitors lost 2-0 and conceded both goals inside 60 seconds after 18 minutes of the game.
Goalkeeper Craig Lockwood slipped up for the first one. He did well to keep out a long-range effort but failed to push the shot away cleanly and the loose ball fell straight at the feet of Julian Beaumont to score.
Shadow squad:
Old Newton
blooded several
youngsters and
they did not
throw in the towel
at Achilles.
Straight from the restart, the hosts won the ball and a deep cross evaded the retreating Old Newton defence to find Owen Symonds unmarked at the far post to make it 2-0.
Having secured their Senior Division status at the weekend, Old Newton used the match to give some youngsters a run out and they did enough to show they might have a promising future.

Rugby: Border raid leaves Stowmarket well beaten

A cross-border raid left Stowmarket well beaten in their efforts to add the county cup to their Eastern Counties One league title.
Stow suffered a 61-5 thumping by holders Essex side Colchester in the Suffolk Chadacre Cup final at Mill Road, home of the London One North side.
Stowmarket had seen off Sudbury and Mersea Island to reach the final but never got a look in, despite a try from Robert Burch.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Football: Sunday results

Sunday, May 1

Division MB3: Wetherden 08 6 Felixstowe Dolphins 0.

Division 2: Rougham Lions 2 Stow Excelsior 9.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Golf: Division Three's awesome foursome

All four players in Division Three of the Stowmarket Golf Centre's April Stableford competition lowered their handicap this week.
Leading the way was Chris Kenney, down three to 25 after gaining 23 points to win the division. Second was Jo Reedman, the leading lady, down two to 24. Terry Davies was also down two, to 18, while Wendy Southgate saw her handicap drop from 21 to 20.
Brian Richards scored 19 points to win the Division One title, reducing his handicap by one, to eight, in the process. He tied on points with both Bill Miller (down one to eight) and Martin Collett (down one to seven).
In Division Two, Bob Pearson led the way with 21 points, losing two shots from his 14 handicap. David Harper was second (down one to 13) with Graham Robinson dropping from ten to nine.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Football: Close Shave as Old Newton stay up

Aaron Shave's 19th-minute goal was enough to secure the three points Old Newton United needed this afternoon to confirm their Senior Division place for another season.

Football: Mission accomplished – Haughley United are safe

Spot on! Aaron Robinson opens the scoring
The great escape is complete - a 2-1 victory for Haughley United this afternoon over Coplestonians ensured Phil Fairbrother's side of their senior status in the SIL.
Aaron Robinson opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Craig Simpson blasted in the second before Coplestonians pulled one back on the stroke of half-time.
2-0! Craig Simpson fires in the second
After gaining just seven points from their first 19 games and looking certainties for relegation, new boss Fairbrother has seen the team gain 25 points from their last 10 fixtures to pull off the amazing recovery.

    Football: Today's local results

    Saturday, April 30

    Reserve Division North: Stowmarket Tn Res 4 Woodbridge Tn Res 2, match abandoned after 48 minutes due to serious injury.

    Senior Division: Haughley Utd 2 Coplestonians 1; Old Newton Utd 1 Felixstowe Utd 0.
    Division 1: BT Trimley 3 Stowupland Falcons 0.
    Intermediate Division A: Crane Sports Res 4 Old Newton Utd Res 5.
    Intermediate Division B: Stonham Aspal Res 4 Haughley Utd Res 0.
    Division 4: Claydon Res 2 Salvation Army Res 2.
    Division 5: Old Newton Utd A v Westerfield Utd A, postponed. Rearranged for May 4.
    Division 6: Aldeburgh Tn Res 0 Cedars Park Res 6.

    Friday, April 29, 2011

    Football: This weekend's local fixtures

    Saturday, April 30

    Reserve Division North: Stowmarket Tn Res v Woodbridge Tn Res.

    Senior Division: Haughley Utd v Coplestonians; Old Newton Utd v Felixstowe Utd.
    Division 1: BT Trimley v Stowupland Falcons.
    Intermediate Division A: Crane Sports Res v Old Newton Utd Res.
    Intermediate Division B: Stonham Aspal Res v Haughley Utd Res.
    Division 4: Claydon Res v Salvation Army Res
    Division 5: Old Newton Utd A v Westerfield Utd A, postponed. Rearranged for May 4.
    Division 6: Aldeburgh Tn Res v Cedars Park Res.

    Sunday, May 1

    Division MB3: Wetherden 08 v Felixstowe Dolphins.

    Division 2: Rougham Lions v Stow Excelsior.

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    Golf: Girls Allowed at Stowmarket Golf Centre

    This year is the third birthday of Girls Allowed at Stowmarket Golf Centre
    Centre pro Duncan Burl said: "Girls Allowed is great way for six-16 year girls to learn a new sport, make new friends and have access to facilities and coaching."
    Girls Allowed is on Thursdays, 6-7.30pm, at the Golf Centre (driving range). It starts next Thursday, May 5, and run through to (and including) Thursday, September 29, excluding Thursday, August 25, and Thursday, September 1, when Duncan is on holiday.
    "We don't have the financial support from Sport England this year so there is a small charge that I have tried to keep to a minimum," he said. "The cost is £3 per week, payable when you arrive and for that you receive:
    • 90 minutes coaching, fun games and challenges
    • Free equipment hire
    • Unlimited driving range balls
    • Use of the nine-hole course and Academy course
    • Access to the main 18-hole golf course during the latter weeks
    • Prizes for our mini competitions
    "I am aware with exams and holidays it is very difficult to commit to Girls Allowed every week and that's why you can come when you wish. If you are unsure if the sessions are on or wish to ask any further questions please call the golf shop, 01449 736392, or email
    "You dont need to book a place, just come to the Golf Centre and I will meet you there."

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Motorsport: Winning start for Webster

    Stowmarket motor racing star Josh Webster proved his position as one of the title-challenging favourites in the 2011 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship with a superbly dominant race-winning performance during the opening round of the season at Donington Park on Sunday.
    The 17-year-old, who only managed to secure his place on the grid a couple of weeks ago after signing a late deal with top team Fortec Motorsport, made an absolutely electric start to the first of the day’s races at Donington – taking the lead three corners into the race.
    Scorching away from fourth on the grid, his second row start not completely representative of his genuine pace after issues with his car in qualifying, Josh immediately moved into second place at Redgate and then grabbed the lead with a tremendous pass on James Thorp at Craner Curves.
    From there, the 2010 Formula Renault BARC Winter Series Champion was never headed and he fully controlled the race from the front. Building a lead of over two seconds by lap nine he then posted a then lap record of 1m08.169 seconds (104.51mph) on the 11th tour to seal two bonus points.
    Taking the chequered flag on lap 14, and with it his first main championship victory, the teenage star was thrilled with his faultless race performance: “Absolutely fantastic! Before the race I knew what I had to do and it all worked out. We made some changes to the car overnight after qualifying, as we had some problems which slowed me down, but today everything was really good.
    “I got a fantastic start, made sure I got the tyres really warm on the green flag lap and then had great traction to get up into second past Dino (Zamparelli) and Archie (Hamilton). Then, down the Craner Curves, I had some extra grip, got past James (Thorp) and pulled away – fantastic!”
    Running this weekend with support from Nine Telecom Group, Admiral Group, Integra ICT, Melbek Technology, Sunwise, Everyone Active and Flying Saucer, Josh started round two an uncharacteristic seventh on the grid – due to the aforementioned car issues in qualifying on Saturday.
    Even so, much was expected of him after his scintillating race one performance and during the early stages of the race Josh looked on course to potentially mount a podium challenge. Moving into fifth on the opening lap, Josh climbed into the top four prior to a short Safety Car period on lap four with a fantastic pass on the vastly more experienced Dino Zamparelli at the chicane.
    Underlining his determination to make amends for the car issues in qualifying he raced with great commitment, dueling hard with Zamparelli, but heartbreak struck on lap 13 when his FR 2.0 ground to a halt entering Hollywood.
    Thoroughly disappointed, and unable to prevent his earlier lap record being bettered, Josh still ended the weekend sixth in the driver standings and a certain bet to close down the championship leaders as the season progresses. His sights are set on nothing other than title success and he’ll undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with during the remainder of the season.
    After months of major uncertainty about whether or not he’d be racing at all in 2011, Josh will head to Brands Hatch in Kent three weeks from now, 14th/15th May, for the third and fourth rounds of the championship knowing he has the pace and potential to fight for race wins and championship glory.

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Football: Relegation verdict is all now in Haughley's hands

    Haughley United won a seven-goal thriller to move closer to safety in the SIL Senior Division this evening but a single-goal defeat for Old Newton United at bottom-two side Coplestonians means both local sides are still in with a chance of relegation.
    Haughley beat Framlingham 4-3 (Aaron Robinson 2, Nathan Smith and Craig Simpson on target) and now know a win on Saturday over Coplestonians will cement their senior status. That would also leave Old Newton needing just a single point from their final three games to ensure their own safety.
    In Division One, Stowupland Falcons slumped to an 8-1 defeat at Leiston St Margarets.

    Bowls: Haughley open season with derby victory

    The new Stowmarket Bowls League started last night.
    Haughley entertained their local rivals Old Newton (2007) in Division Two.
    On an increasingly cold evening, Haughley came out on top by winning 6-1 and by 90 shots to 62 overall.
    The best winning rink of Janet Gill, Tas Ormes and Jamie Gill beat their opponents by 41 shots to 11.
    Next up is Ixworth away on May 2.

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Football: Stowmarket Town finish on a high

    Stowmarket Town completed their Ridgeons League First Division programme this afternoon with a 2-1 victory at Team Bury.

    Football: Stowmarket Town have chance to climb a place in table

    Stowmarket Town have the chance to move into the top five of the Ridgeons First Division this afternoon.
    Town travel to Team Bury, 3pm, while Thetford Town, who lead them by two points, face a tricky Breckland derby at Swaffham Town, noon.

    Sunday, April 24, 2011

    Football: Today's Sunday League results

    Sunday, April 24
    FCD Bury & District Sunday League
    Division 2: Kennett & Kentford 1 Stow Excelsior 12 (twelve).

    Flare Recruitment Ipswich Sunday League
    Division MB3: Claydon 07 1 Wetherden 08 2.
    Division RM4: Ipswich Lions 1 Riverside 3.

    Norfolk & Suffolk Veterans League
    Suffolk FA Veterans Cup, final: Stowupland Falcons 2 Kirkley & Pakefield 1.

    Football: Salvation Army one win from safety

    Goals from Paul Gunton and Bryn Blower earned Salvation Army an important point in Division Two of the SIL.
    The 2-2 draw against Bramford Road Old Boys means victory in the final game of the season on Saturday at home to bottom club Elmswell will mean relegation is avoided.

    Football: Old Newton scrape through in nine-goal thriller

    Old Newton United had to withstand a spirited second-half comeback to earn a 5-4 victory over Capel Plough in the Senior Division of the SIL.
    The hosts led 4-0 late in the first half with goals from Huckins 2, Lockwood and Rickwood. But Capel pulled back to 4-3 before Abbott grabbed the decisive fifth which made the visitors' final strike irrelevant.

    Football: Smith earns Haughley a point

    Nathan Smith was on target as Haughley United continued their climb away from relegation danger with a 1-1 draw at Melton St Audrys in the Senior Division of the SIL.

    Football: Stowmarket Town hit back from two down to win

    Stowmarket Town 3, 
    March Town United 2
    Stowmarket Town moved back into the top six of the Ridgeons First Division with a second half comeback and a performance they have been lacking of late. 
    Signs were good early on with Wake turning and firing over on the half volley. 
    March were rocked and constantly under the cosh. 
    Proctor, Luxford and Myhill all saw scrambled efforts miss the target but then the Cambridgeshire outfit took an unlikely lead. 
    Lemon down the left fired in a low cross and with three gold and black legs missing the ball, Plumb stabbed in the ball from close range to end a fruity combination. 
    Graham, dancing along the by-line, found Proctor but despite the leading scorer's best efforts, March's keeper was equal and managed to block on the line. 
    Just seven more minutes had gone when Stow's best chance fell to Myhill. Standing unmarked, just outside the six-yard box, he met Drummond's great cross but an equally great reaction save denied him.  
    As Stow missed, March grew in confidence. A long ball over the top saw Juliano outpace Pleasance and seemed to outpace himself as the ball run away, but that did not stop the Stow man diving in and the resulting penalty was neatly dispatched by Day. 
    Despite being 2-0 down at half-time, the Suffolk side never lost heart. 
    Again Proctor just poked the ball wide before he met Myhill's cross with precision to head home his first. 
    Brand, on as sub, weaved a little magic and clipped his free-kick against the bar but that was all the visitors had to show as Stow continued to pile on the pressure. 
    A deep ball down the middle was won by Stow captain Graham, bounced high again and Proctor leaped first and highest to loop the ball over the keeper's head. 
    At 2-2 there was only one team going to win this one. 
    Both subs came on for Stow and Steve Jay mixed up the formation to send Hall and Joseph into his marauding side and it was Joseph who got the winner with a great run and shot into the bottom corner to keep Stow's top six aspirations still in their sight.

    Saturday, April 23, 2011

    Football: Today's local results

    Saturday, April 23
    Ridgeons League
    First Division: Stowmarket Tn 3 March Tn Utd 2.
    Reserve League North: Great Yarmouth Tn Res 3 Stowmarket Tn Res 2.

    Kingsley Healthcare Suffolk & Ipswich League
    Senior Division: Melton St Audrys 1 Haughley Utd 1; Old Newton Utd 5 Capel Plough 4.
    Division 1: Thurston 5 Stowupland Falcons 0.
    Intermediate A: Ipswich Ath Res 3 Old Newton Utd Res 0.
    Intermediate B: Capel Plough Res v Stowupland Falcons Res, postponed, Stowupland unable to raise a team; Haughley Utd Res 1 Thurston Res 0.
    Division 2: Bramford Road Old Boys 2 Salvation Army 2.
    Division 4: Salvation Army Res 4 Stonham Aspal A 1.
    Division 5: Trimley Red Devils Res 4 Cedars Park 0.
    Division 6: Cedars Park Res 2 Somersham Res 4 (at Somersham).