Jay at a loss to explain Stowmarket’s form
STOWMARKET Town manager Steve Jay is at a loss to explain his Jekyll and Hyde side.
Stowmarket are currently rock bottom of Division One of the Ridgeons League, still without a point from six matches which have seen them concede 18 goals.
Their only win so far this season came away at Jay’s former club Hadleigh United in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Vase – a superb 3-1 success against their Premier Division opponents.
Tomorrow they entertain Ridgeons League Premier Division side Walsham-le-Willows in the Second Qualifying Round, with Jay waiting to see which Stowmarket side turns up.
“To be honest, I can’t explain it. We are a Jekyll and Hyde side – one half of a game we are brilliant and then we will turn round and not be so good in the other half.
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“We played Ipswich Wanderers away in a midweek match and we could have won 5-1 or 6-1, to be honest. They only had one or two chances and scored the only goal to win the game.
“We carried on that form on the Saturday at Hadleigh and deserved to win over the 90 minutes. I felt we worked harder than them and had more about us.
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“We had nothing to lose as we were the underdogs – we were relaxed and from the word go you could see the boys were up for it and we got the result we deserved on the day.
“We then went to March last Saturday and it all fell apart again and we lost 2-1.
“We just can’t seem to buy a win in the league at the moment. I want to be at the top end of the table, but we have not earned the right to be there.”
Jay will be hoping it is the same Stowmarket that performed so well at Hadleigh that takes to the pitch at Greens Meadow tomorrow.
Walsham are fourth bottom of the Premier Division, although they have just won their last two matches after losing all of their opening five league games.
“We just don’t know which side will turn up against Walsham, we will just have to wait and see.
“They have still got some good players, and they will be the statesmen of the two sides as it were, but we are both in the same boat so it should be an interesting game.”