Stability the key for Stowmarket Town boss Rick Andrews
- Credit: Archant
The Old Gold and Blacks finish their first season back in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division with a trip to champions Coggeshall Town today (3pm), with Andrews’ side guaranteed now to finish third after Tuesday’s 3-2 comeback win against Godmanchester Rovers.
The Stow boss is already planning ahead for next season, though, and two weeks ago the quartet of Ollie Brown, Phill Weavers, Jack Baker and Ace Howell all signed two-year contracts with the club, before Luke Read also penned a two-year deal last weekend.
“I think the club needs stability,” Andrews said. “In the five seasons I’ve been here, every season I’ve had to rebuild.
“That’s not always been through choice, especially in the early days, players come and go, but obviously when we went up a level we improved the squad.
“We did that, so we could challenge and that’s come off, because we’re guaranteed to finish third now, which is great for the club.
You may also want to watch:
“I just think the key word is stability. We need to keep the core of the team and look to bring in two, three, maybe four new players in to freshen up the squad.
“It’s not been a hard sell. The players have thoroughly enjoyed it this season. They’ve said how much they’ve enjoyed their football and want to stay.
- 1 Matchday Recap: Aluko brace not enough as Blues draw at Cambridge
- 2 Covid vaccine boosters now available at walk in sessions
- 3 The places with the highest and lowest levels of Covid in Suffolk
- 4 Have you had the 'worst cold ever' that is going round Suffolk?
- 5 'I'll never shut up shop' - Cook on 2-2 draw at Cambridge United
- 6 New fishmonger shop opens in Suffolk market town
- 7 New details emerge about diesel spill which closed A14 for 12 hours
- 8 Ratings: How the Ipswich Town players performed in their 2-2 Cambridge draw
- 9 MoD warns about late-night Apache training
- 10 Cambridge United 2-2 Ipswich Town: Blues let their lead slip again in draw
“They can see the club’s ambitious, they love the club and the supporters and the club’s no longer a hard sell.”
Despite heading into the final weekend of the season on a 10-game winning run, Stow’s hopes of automatic promotion ended last week as Felixstowe & Walton United secured second spot with a 6-0 win against Walsham-le-Willows.
But with the planned restructuring of Steps 3-5 in the summer, Andrews has not ruled out the possibility of Stow joining Felixstowe in the Bostik League next season: “We’ve heard small rumours that a third-placed team might go up and a lot of people have said they’d love it to be us.”