Manager hopes for change of fortune

STOWMARKET Town manager Dave Hubbick is hoping for a change in fortune tomorrow when his side face Downham Town in the Ridgeons League First Division at the Norfolk side's Memorial Ground.

STOWMARKET Town manager Dave Hubbick is hoping for a change in fortune tomorrow when his side face Downham Town in the Ridgeons League First Division at the Norfolk side's Memorial Ground.

After suffering a 1-0 defeat at Thetford followed by a 5-4 reverse at Tiptree on Saturday, Hubbick said: “I'm disappointed with the results from both games because I feel we deserved more after two good performances.

“On both occasions we have had more than our fair share of the play and have just lost out by the odd goal. You can already see how tight the league is going to be this year but we are certainly not far from turning the corner.”

A tough run of fixtures has seen Hubbick's side face the top two sides in the league - both away from home. They go into tomorrow's game at third-placed Downham with just two victories in ten league games, but Hubbick said: “We will still approach Saturday's game in a positive frame of mind and we are confident that we've got what it takes to win the game.


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“We will hope to play well again, and hopefully we will be on the right side of the scoreline. Over the course of the season, we will play badly and win, that's just the way football goes.”

Striker Glenn Driver scored a debut goal for Stowmarket at Tiptree on Saturday after signing from Grundisburgh and Hubbick admits he is willing to give the frontman time to get back to full fitness.

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“Obviously Saturday was my first game in charge of Glenn but its clear that he's a player that scores goals. Its just about getting him match fit at the moment so I'm not expecting too many amazing performances for a little while.”

Also in the First Division, Steve Jay's Hadleigh United side travel to Fakenham Town, who are currently sitting bottom of the table with just two points on the board. Hadleigh, who will be looking to continue their decent form after winning four of their last five games, received a boost this week.

The Rigdeons League decided that the 1-0 defeat against Tiptree United in August will be played again as the Essex club fielded a suspended player at the Millfield.

After getting back to winning ways on Saturday, Felixstowe & Walton United take on Soham Town Rangers at Dellwood Avenue in the Premier Division. Soham are currently sitting fourth in the league so a tough test awaits Steve Potts' mid-table side.

A crunch game at the bottom of the Premier Division takes place with Ipswich Wanderers entertaining Newmarket Town at Humber Doucy Lane. Wanderers will be looking to bounce back from their 6-0 hammering by Lowestoft on Saturday with Newmarket also suffering to a heavy defeat - 6-2 at home to Stanway Rovers.

Second-placed Needham Market take on Wisbech Town in the Premier Division at Bloomfields hoping to extend their start to the campaign to a perfect 10 straight wins.

Woodbridge Town face a tough away trip when they travel to top-of-the table and undefeated Wroxham in the Premier Division. Micky Stockwell's side got back to winning ways on Saturday against Histon Reserves after suffering three consecutive defeats. In contrast, defending champions Wroxham have scored an average of 3.6 goals per game this season and have only been denied victory once.

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