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Sunday, April 24, 2011
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.