Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 2°C

Search
Kings of Anglia Issue 9 Magazine Offer

Stowmarket’s Town long winning run ended by Saffron Walden

PUBLISHED: 18:22 18 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:22 18 February 2018

Stowmarket's Josh Mayhew scores his 43rd goal of the season from penalty spot against Saffron Walden. Picture: DAVID WALKER

Stowmarket's Josh Mayhew scores his 43rd goal of the season from penalty spot against Saffron Walden. Picture: DAVID WALKER

Archant

Thurlow Nunn Premier

Stowmarket Town 2

Saffron Walden Town 3

Stowmarket Town saw their winning start to 2018 come to an end after a late Joe Murphy goal helped Saffron Walden Town take all the points, writes Alex Moss.

Stow's Anton Clarke looks for a way through the Saffron defence. Picture: DAVID WALKERStow's Anton Clarke looks for a way through the Saffron defence. Picture: DAVID WALKER

The Old Gold and Blacks were bidding for a ninth straight win to equal their best run in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division this season, but Murphy’s strike three minutes from time ensured it was a first defeat in nine for Rick Andrews’ men.

It was the first meeting between these two sides in just over three years, with the visitors having gained promotion to the Premier Division two years earlier, but it was Stow who made all the early running, with Josh Mayhew breaking the deadlock after just four minutes.

After captain Ollie Brown was hauled down in the box, Mayhew buried the spot kick into the corner, beyond the reach of Neil O’Sullivan, for his 43rd goal of the season.

Despite conceding an early goal, Walden were beginning to settle into the contest and were back on level terms on 27 minutes, as Charlie Portway fired home the rebound from a shot which had come back off the post.

Stowmarket's Josh Mayhew battles for the ball against Saffron Walden. Picture: DAVID WALKERStowmarket's Josh Mayhew battles for the ball against Saffron Walden. Picture: DAVID WALKER

Walden then delivered a sucker punch on the stroke of half time, as Lewis Francis swung a cross in for the clinical Portway to head home to give his side the lead.

After the break Stow found it difficult to break through a resolute Walden defence, until the 64th minute when substitute Angelo Harrop’s free kick found Leon Ottley-Gooch and his header was tipped over the bar by O’Sullivan.

Stow’s bright spell was rewarded with an equaliser on 73 minutes, as Ottley-Gooch converted from Dave Cowley’s corner to make it 2-2.

It set up an exciting finale as a resurgent Stow pushed for a winner, while the visitors also threatened to strike again when Murphy almost caught out Craig Brand, who had raced out of his goal, but his lob went inches wide of the top corner.

Walden struck with the winner with three minutes to go as Murphy steered the ball past Brand to secure all the points for the visitors.

Justine Paul of Suffolk Market Events brings back Long Melford Farmers’ Market in 2019.

Police have been called to three overnight ram raids at shops in Ipswich, Combs Ford and Brantham.

MPs have urged caution amid calls for the government to seize control of the region’s failing mental health trust.

A second man has been charged in connection with a robbery where suspects barged into an elderly man’s home, threatened him with a knife and forced him to withdraw money from a cashpoint.

Yates in Ipswich was packed at the weekend with many dancing, drinking and having a laugh. Do you recognise anyone in the pictures?

Police were called to reports of a fight outside an Ipswich pub in what one witness described as “chaotic” scenes.

A shop assistant who witnessed a row between members of two rival groups in an Ipswich town centre store a few hours before 17-year-old Tavis Spencer-Aitkens was stabbed to death has described her shock at the incident.

MPs from across the region are still trying to work out what will happen next on Brexit as Prime Minister Theresa May started at whistle-stop tour of European capitals after pulling Tuesday’s vote in the House of Commons.

Talented readers have sent in pictures they have taken all over Suffolk including Beccles in the mist, Christmas lights on the Ipswich Waterfront and wildlife in Westleton.

Shoppers flooded into Tower Ramparts shopping centre when it first flung open its doors more than 30 years ago.

Most read

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24