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Jopling wages war on Jewson defences

PUBLISHED: 19:00 07 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:29 03 March 2010

ACE striker Stuart Jopling today waged war on Jewson League defences declaring: "This looks like being my season."

The 27-year-old Stowmarket Town front man has scored five times in five games for the Greens Meadow-based side - and he promises more to come.

ACE striker Stuart Jopling today waged war on Jewson League defences declaring: "This looks like being my season."

The 27-year-old Stowmarket Town front man has scored five times in five games for the Greens Meadow-based side – and he promises more to come.

Jopling (pictured left celebrating a goal) has struck up a fine understanding with new signing Wayne Pannell and has set his goal target at 30 as usual.

But the way he feels at the moment he is looking at beating his 1994-95 total of 38 which is the highest in his Jewson League career.

"Some seasons the goals just go in and this appears to be one of them," said Jopling today.

"Wayne and I have hit it off and he has scored four times.

"And with Colin Yeomans playing just behind us I am sure Stowmarket can go on and have a successful campaign."

Last term Jopling scored 24 times for Stowmarket, but he was still not satisfied. "It was not a bad haul but for much of the season I was unhappy with the way it went.

"I was not as sharp as I would have liked. This season though everything has clicked from the word go and 30 goals looks a realistic target. Anything over that will be a bonus."

Stowmarket play at home to Diss Town tomorrow, one of Jopling's former clubs.

"I spent one and a half years there and enjoyed myself and made a number of friends," he added. "There are no easy games in the Jewson League, and we know that tomorrow's match will be tough. But Stowmarket manager Mel Aldis has kept the nucleus of his side together and we are now playing like a well-oiled unit. This could be a good year."

Stowmarket beat Ruislip Manor in the FA Cup last Saturday, and they have tasted league victories against highly regarded Woodbridge Town and Ely City.

Pannell is an interesting character having recently returned to the game after a lengthy suspension.

"I am not sure how long Wayne was out of the game but it was a long time," said Jopling. "He is making up for lost time and is so easy to play with."

Pannell lives in Chelmsford and has played for Braintree. He began his comeback to the game with a few matches for Halstead last season.

Also in the Premier Division, Ipswich Wanderers travel to fancied Gorleston, while Felixstowe and Walton United are in Cambridgeshire to play Ely City.

Hadleigh United, with a host of new signings, face a trip to Histon reserves in the First Division with Whitton United at home to Halstead. Leiston, who have lost manager Mark Hood and his assistant Carl Baldry, have reserve boss Nigel Smith in caretaker charge at Warboys.

The first qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Vase takes place with Needham Market at fellow Jewson side Fakenham and Woodbridge Town at Haverhill Rovers.

Woodbridge will start favourite but after conceding two late, late goals to lose to Diss in the FA Cup last week they will not be counting their chickens.

Despite reaching the last eight three seasons ago, Woodbridge's Vase exemptions have run out and they find themselves playing at this stage for the first time in eight years.

Felixstowe, Ipswich Wanderers, Stowmarket, Hadleigh and Whitton United are either exempt or have received a bye.

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