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Trevor Collins on Lakenheath's 3-0 defeat at Stowmarket Town in the Suffolk Premier Cup and being back involved in football after a four-month break





Trevor Collins insists Lakenheath can take a lot of positives away from their 3-0 defeat at Stowmarket Town in the Endeavour Automotive Suffolk Premier Cup on Tuesday night.

It was an identical scoreline to the one which played out between the two sides in last season’s quarter-finals, at The Nest back in March last year, as higher-league Stowmarket progressed through to the last eight.

Lakenheath were dealt a sucker punch either side of half-time, with Jack Ainsley breaking the deadlock in the second minute of first half added time, before Jack Wilkinson doubled the home side’s lead just four minutes after the interval.

Trevor Collins has been in temporary charge of Lakenheath while Ben Cowling has been away Picture: Mecha Morton
Trevor Collins has been in temporary charge of Lakenheath while Ben Cowling has been away Picture: Mecha Morton

The lower-league visitors had edged the opening 45 minutes of this second-round tie, the last of three fixtures that recent arrival Collins has taken charge of in the absence of manager Ben Cowling, who returns to the dugout this weekend.

“I thought we were very unfortunate to go in 1-0 down at half-time,” Collins said.

“We played some excellent stuff and it was a really big improvement from Saturday (4-0 home defeat to Ipswich Wanderers).

“I thought we edged the first half and then you get someone like Jack Ainsley, who has got that bit of quality and that’s what he does. That’s the difference in levels sometimes.

“The second goal was sloppy from us defensively from a corner. We switched off and you get punished by better players.

“They’re things we need to learn from, but overall I was pleased with the way we played.

Sam Peters on the ball for Lakenheath during Tuesday’s cup tie Picture: Mecha Morton
Sam Peters on the ball for Lakenheath during Tuesday’s cup tie Picture: Mecha Morton

“We said to the boys no one really expected us to come here and get a result, so it was a good opportunity to enjoy the game and express themselves.

“The good thing is the players in the dressing room now are quite disappointed. They feel that 3-0 kind of flattered them, but we’ll take a lot of positives from it.”

Luke Hipkin beat the offside trap to score Stow’s third in second half added time, and brought an end to Collins’ brief tenure at the helm, while boss Cowling has been away.

The former Walsham-le-Willows chief has enjoyed being back involved in the game, after four months out since resigning at the Willows in October last year, and hopes to stay on in some capacity going forward.

“We said I’d take the three games and then Ben comes back ready for Saturday’s game,” he said. “We then said if it goes well I’ll stay for the rest of the season.

Lakenheath’s Josh Wells battles for possession with Stow’s Jack Wilkinson Picture: Mecha Morton
Lakenheath’s Josh Wells battles for possession with Stow’s Jack Wilkinson Picture: Mecha Morton

“I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve got the buzz back. I have to be honest with you, I’ve been out for four months now and the first few weeks it was tough.

“I found it hard to shut off in the first few weeks, but it was only a matter of time before I was involved again.

“I’m a big footballing person and I’ve been involved in it all my life.

“Lakenheath have got a certain target of where they want to reach this season and there’s some tough games coming up. I’ve enjoyed being involved again.”

On Saturday, Lakenheath were beaten 4-0 at home by second-placed Ipswich Wanderers in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

Ex-pro Ian Miller has been on the bench for the last two games for the Heath (7th) who are at Mulbarton Wanderers on Saturday (3pm).