Stowmarket eye top five finish

JEWSON SOCCER: Stowmarket 1 Ipswich Wanderers 1. Stowmarket grabbed a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at home to Ipswich Wanderers last night to boost their chances of a top-five finish in a replayed match which was originally abandoned last November.

Stowmarket 1 Ipswich Wanderers 1

STOWMARKET grabbed a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at home to Ipswich Wanderers last night to boost their chances of a top-five finish in a replayed match which was originally abandoned last November.

In an opening period of few chances, it was the visitors who made the breakthrough just before half-time, when Aren Howell was given too much space and made no mistake, firing his shot just inside a post.

Stowmarket had much the better of the chances in the second half and Stuart Jopling saw an early header go just wide of the Wanderers' post.

Town built up a period of pressure and Stuart Knowles saw a shot go just wide before the home side eventually got on terms in the 75th minute. Carl Ratcliffe stepped up to send a left-footed free-kick into the Wanderers' net to equalise.

Stowmarket pushed for a winner but in the end had to settle for a point. Victory over Soham on Saturday will confirm a top-five finish for Stowmarket.

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