Stowmarket too good for Wanderers
SOCCER: Stowmarket Town 1 Ipswich Wanderers 0. Stowmarket made it three successive 1-0 wins in their home matches as they moved up to second position in the league table behind pace-setters Histon Reserves.
Stowmarket Town 1 Ipswich Wanderers 0
STOWMARKET made it three successive 1-0 wins in their home matches as they moved up to second position in the league table behind pace-setters Histon Reserves.
Both sides went into the match showing a number of changes from their respective FA Cup defeats at the weekend. Stowmarket, as in their previous home game, secured the points by scoring in the first 10 minutes. Whatling, back in the side following a holiday, sent Jopling clear on goal and he placed the ball past Stannard for his third goal of the season.
Stowmarket were unable to build on this lead throughout the first half but their defence was in command against the visiting forward line and Stowmarket were able to turn round at the interval with their one-goal advantage.
Within 10 second-half minutes Stowmarket could and should have put the result beyond recall when firstly Whatling struck the crossbar then the next Stowmarket attack saw Whatling and Yeomans both having efforts blocked on the goalline.
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Then Stowmarket were aggrieved when a linesman ruled out a strike from Yeomans, following an incident where Jopling had taken the ball round the Wanderers keeper and Yeomans came from behind his strike partner to net, only for the goal to be ruled out.
Wanderers pressed without any reward and only in the final five minutes did they put Stowmarket under any serious pressure.
Stowmarket will hope to continue this form when they meet Harpenden in the FA Vase at Green's Meadow on Saturday.