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Stowmarket Town manager Paul Musgrove on his side's busy December in the Pitching In Isthmian League North Division





Paul Musgrove says Stowmarket Town will need to be more resolute as they head into a ‘hectic’ run of fixtures this month.

The Old Gold & Blacks are playing catch up with their Pitching In Isthmian League North Division campaign, following a club-record run to the second round of the Isuzu FA Trophy this season.

After their best-ever Trophy run ended with a 6-0 defeat at Vanarama National League North Banbury United, Musgrove’s side bounced back with a narrow 1-0 win away at Suffolk rivals Bury Town on Saturday.

Paul Musgrove's Stowmarket Town are at home this weekend Picture: Mark Westley
Paul Musgrove's Stowmarket Town are at home this weekend Picture: Mark Westley

A crowd of 789 packed into the Atalian Servest Ram Meadow Stadium at the weekend, a figure which could have been even more were it not for the traffic, but those in attendance saw Stow shake off their Trophy exit with a second win of the season against the Blues.

Ollie Sotoyinbo struck the winner on 77 minutes for his new club which sent the visitors back into the North Division play-off spots, ahead of a run of six games in December starting with home ties with New Salamis (tomorrow, 3pm) and Grays Athletic (Tuesday, 7.45pm) at Greens Meadow.

“In hindsight you look back (to the Banbury game) and think could we have played a little bit tighter and did we get the team selection right?” Stow manager Musgrove said.

Stowmarket Town captain Tom Bullard on the ball during their 1-0 win at Bury Town last Saturday Picture: Mark Westley
Stowmarket Town captain Tom Bullard on the ball during their 1-0 win at Bury Town last Saturday Picture: Mark Westley

“It’s the furthest we’ve ever been in the Trophy and they were a really good team. It was a bit of a reset for us to be honest and to get back to basics. We’ve done that with a clean sheet and a win.

“December is hectic for us because of our cup run. It will be about managing the recovery and preparation if we want to be in the mix come January. We’ve got a tough run of games but that’s what we’re here for. That’s why we came up.

“We just need to keep chipping away and making sure we’re resolute. In the final third we need to be a little bit more slicker in our play and we need to get more bodies in the box.”