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Sunday, March 20, 2011
Football: Smith keeps Stowmarket Town heads up
One goal was enough for Stowmarket Town to pick up a much-deserved three Ridgeons League First Division points at home to Saffron Walden and keep alive their promotion aspirations. They started the brighter and, with Walden chasing shadows for the opening 15 minutes, they opened the defence with a great four-man one-touch move that saw Le Drummond foiled by the advancing Walden keeper. The continued pressure told by the 39th minute as good work in the right corner by Drummond and James Graham, saw the later swing a deadly cross into the area for his central partner Dan Smith to head home. Stow had further chances with efforts by Ross Myhill and Proctor going just wide, while Riley's free-kick was all the opponents had to offer in the first 45. As the second half progressed, the match really opened up, with both teams counter-attacking at pace. The best effort of the half fell to Saffron's Green who collected a stumbled a pass from Murphy but could not celebrate as his effort came crashing off a post. Both sides had goals disallowed for offsides in the closing minutes and it was Stowmarket who went away the happier of the two teams with all three points in the bag and no-one measuring the height of the goals.