Rick Andrews hoping for a bumper crowd as Stowmarket Town go for title

Stowmarket Town boss Rick Andrews

Stowmarket Town boss Rick Andrews - Credit: Archant

Rick Andrews is hoping to see a bumper crowd at Greens Meadow this weekend as his Stowmarket Town side look to be crowned champions.

The Old Gold and Blacks head into their final game of the season, at home to AFC Sudbury Reserves on Saturday (3pm), sat at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division table.

With the club’s first promotion in their 134-year history having already been secured last week, Stow are now bidding to win their first league title since 1951.

A draw on Saturday will be enough for Andrews’ men to be crowned First Division champions and, with the club running a ‘pay what you want’ initiative for their title decider, the Stowmarket boss is anticipating a big attendance at Greens Meadow.

“Our average gate at home this season has been 90, compared to 50 odd last year,” Andrews said.

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“It’s only right we as a club let kids come in for nothing on Saturday. Hopefully they’ll bring their parents and they can pay what they want to pay.

“It’s a way to give back to the supporters. There’ll be a good crowd which will be nice to see and hopefully it will be a day to remember for the club.”

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Stow were just seconds away from clinching the First Division title last weekend, but agonisingly conceded a goal late on to draw 1-1 at March Town United.

Despite that disappointment, Andrews’ side are still in pole position in the title race, with their only remaining challengers, Coggeshall Town, needing to win at Diss Town and hope Stow lose to climb above them on the final day.

“It was disappointing not to win at March, but we just have to accept it and be thankful we have another opportunity to get the point we need,” Andrews said.

“If someone said to me ‘you could win the league on the last game of the season at home’ before the season kicked off I would have shook their hand straight away.

“We’ve secured promotion and it would be the icing on the cake to win the title.”

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