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Rick Andrews confident as Stowmarket Town start at March Town in Thurlow Nunn Division One

PUBLISHED: 10:22 08 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:22 08 August 2014

Wayne Proctor

Wayne Proctor

Stowmarket Town manager Rick Andrews is ‘very satisfied’ with his new-look squad, ahead of their Thurlow Nunn Division One opener at March Town tomorrow.

The Town boss has strengthened his team with Whitton United trio Tom Bradlaugh, Josh Cappoci and Josh Cheetham among those to sign, while last season’s skipper Ben Garnham has also re-joined, despite interest from Premier Division team Felixstowe & Walton United.

The pre-season has seen the team suffer defeats to Premier Division sides Felixstowe, Hadleigh and Walsham-le-Willows but Andrews was keen for his players to test themselves against higher division teams.

“I am very satisfied with the progress we have made,” said Andrews, who will be without Garnham and Sean Rae (suspended), last season’s leading scorer Wayne Proctor and John McGlinn (injured) on Saturday. Chris Gray is also doubtful through injury.

“We played a friendly against Hadleigh this week and lost 5-1 and maybe ran out of legs in the last 15 minutes or so.

“But for the first 60-65 minutes we gave a very good account of ourselves and received a lot of compliments from the Hadleigh supporters.

“I have deliberately wanted my players to face teams in a higher division and not only that, top-six teams.

“We have not been overawed and the games have been very competitive.

After tomorrow, Town then host Team Bury on Tuesday and Dereham Town next Saturday.

“The games come thick and fast early on,” said Andrews.

“March have a new manager and several new players. We won 7-0 there last season, but both teams have made changes since then.”

Elsewhere in Division One, Jamie Scales makes his managerial debut, in charge of Woodbridge Town, at Team Bury.

Needham Market Reserves travel to Dereham Town, Halstead Town host Downham Town, King’s Lynn Town entertain Cornard United and Great Yarmouth Town go to Long Melford.

The remaining games see Debenham LC travel to Saffron Walden Town and Swaffham Town host Haverhill Borough.

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

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