Stowmarket boss believes his star striker Mayhew can hit the 60-goal mark this season

Stowmarket's Josh Mayhew battles for the ball against Saffron Walden. Could he hit the 60-goal mark

Stowmarket's Josh Mayhew battles for the ball against Saffron Walden. Could he hit the 60-goal mark this season? Picture: DAVID WALKER - Credit: Archant

Stowmarket Town boss Rick Andrews believes Josh Mayhew can hit the 60-goal mark before the end of the season, writes Alex Moss

The striker scored twice in last weekend’s 4-0 win against Brantham Athletic at Greens Meadow to move onto 47 goals for the season.

With 12 games still left to play, Mayhew is now just three goals away from equalling the record for most goals scored by a player in a single Thurlow Nunn League top-flight season.

Matthew Metcalf currently holds the record after scoring 50 goals for Wroxham in the 1992-93 campaign, but Stow boss Andrews says he can see Mayhew equalling the record and beating it by ten goals.

“Touch wood he doesn’t get injured, but I’d like to think he’ll break the record now,” Andrews said.

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“I’d like to think he can hit the 60 mark, purely because he’s playing in a team which creates chances.

“On Saturday he showed his clinical side and that’s why I was so desperate to sign him, I know what he can give us.”

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Stowmarket returned to action after a three-week break last weekend and showed no sign of rustiness as they scored twice in each half to complete the double over Brantham.

The victory also moved Andrews’ men back up to third in the table and, after seeing leaders Felixstowe & Walton United slip to a 2-1 defeat to Newmarket Town on the same day, Stowmarket could cut the gap on the Seasiders to five points if they win all their three games in hand.

“I have to give the boys credit because they took me by surprise to be honest,” Andrews said.

“I expected them to be a bit rusty, but the formation worked and it was up there with one of our best performances of the season in my eyes.

“I was very pleased with the performance.

“We’ve done the double over a very good Brantham side and the club is in a good place.”

Stowmarket travel to sixth-placed Godmanchester Rovers this afternoon (3pm), before making the trip to basement side Wivenhoe Town on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Full reports, reaction and photos on the weekend’s non-league games in Monday’s EADT

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