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Musgrove hopes new signings can get Stowmarket over the line this season

PUBLISHED: 11:00 01 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:00 01 August 2018

Stow assistant boss, Paul Musgrove, right standing Photo: DAVE WALKER

Stow assistant boss, Paul Musgrove, right standing Photo: DAVE WALKER

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Paul Musgrove hopes the new arrivals at Stowmarket Town this summer will help them get over the line in their bid for promotion this season, writes Alex Moss.

The Old Gold and Blacks narrowly missed out on back-to-back promotions last season, finishing third in their first campaign back in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division, following their title-winning success in the First Division in 2016-17.

Stow netted more than 100 goals and were the third team to break the 100-point mark in the Premier Division last term, but finished just short behind champions Coggeshall Town and runners-up Felixstowe & Walton United, who were both promoted.

With only the champions earning promotion from the Premier Division in 2018-19, Stow assistant boss Musgrove knows how important a good start will be as they look to secure a place in the Bostik League for the first time in the club’s history.

“Me and Rick (Andrews, Stow manager) talk a hell of a lot and we looked at it last season, we had a really good season, but we ended up with nothing,” Musgrove said.

“There were certain areas we felt where we needed to do something and hopefully that will take us across the line.

“We feel that the things we got wrong last year we’ve put right this year, but we’re under no illusion that teams will come here, and we’ll go to their place, and they’ll work their socks off to beat us.

“We’ve got to have the right mentality, work rate and quality to overcome that from the first minute to the 94th minute.”

Stow start their new campaign by hosting Thetford Town at Greens Meadow this Saturday (3pm), before travelling to Premier Division new boys Framlingham Town on Tuesday (7.45pm), and there will be several new faces making their competitive debuts for Rick Andrews’ side this weekend.

Callum Robinson will start in goal for Andrews’ men, with fellow goalkeeper Craig Brand out injured (shoulder), while other new signings Sam Nunn, Matt Paine, Ollie Canfer, Max Melanson, Scott Chaplin and Robbie Sweeney will all be pushing for a place in the starting XI.

Mark Heath, Andy Warren and Stuart Watson are back with another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast.

Trevoh Chalobah was proud to captain England Under 20s in their 2-0 victory over Germany at Colchester on Monday night but has already turned his attention to Ipswich Town’s Friday clash with West Brom.

Ipswich Town left-back Jonas Knudsen says he is ready to talk to other clubs in January.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert is clear on his January recruitment strategy following a meeting with owner Marcus Evans yesterday.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features John Wark scoring twice in a draw with Swindon, while the Blues progressed in the League Cup.

Ipswich Town assistant manager Stuart Taylor believes the international break has offered the perfect chance for the Blues squad to bond further following the arrival of Paul Lambert.

Ipswich Town midfielder Andre Dozzell believes he is finally back up to speed following his year-long injury absence.

England Under 20s beat Germany 2-0 at Colchester this evening. ANDY WARREN was there to see how Trevoh Chalobah, Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes got on

Paul Lambert is confident Ipswich Town can quickly overturn their five point deficit if they continue the progress they have made in the early weeks of his reign.

Ipswich Town’s Under-23s beat their Crystal Palace counterparts 5-2 at Playford Road this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his observations.

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