Mayhew gunning for the record as Stowmarket travel to Great Yarmouth

Stowmarket's Josh Mayhew battles for the ball against Saffron Walden. Mayhew is on the verge of a ne

Stowmarket's Josh Mayhew battles for the ball against Saffron Walden. Mayhew is on the verge of a new Eastern Counties Premier Division goal record. Picture: DAVID WALKER - Credit: Archant

Rick Andrews admits his Stowmarket Town squad is going to be seriously tested by their hectic run-in to the end of the season, writes Alex Moss.

Recent postponements have left the Old Gold and Blacks with 11 games to play in the final five weeks of the campaign.

Andrews’ men kicked off their busy schedule with a 3-2 comeback win away at local rivals Walsham-le-Willows on Wednesday night, a result which pushed them back up to third in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division table.

Godmanchester Rovers’ 2-0 win over Ipswich Wanderers on Thursday dropped Stowmarket back down to fourth, ahead of Andrews’ side making the trip to Great Yarmouth Town this afternoon (3pm).

“11 games in a month, the squad’s going to be tested,” the Stow boss said. “We might have one or two players back for Yarmouth, but we’ve just got to nurse people through.

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“It seems crazy playing nearly 25 per cent of the season in one month, but it’s no different to other clubs, we just have to deal with it.”

Josh Mayhew once again took the plaudits on Wednesday with two goals, as Stowmarket came back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 at Summer Road.

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The brace took the striker’s tally for the season to 49 goals, and he heads to Yarmouth this weekend needing just one more goal to write his name in the record books.

Matthew Metcalf currently holds the record for most goals scored by a player in a single Thurlow Nunn League top-flight season, his 50-goal haul for Wroxham in 1992-93 having stood for 25 years.

But a goal for Mayhew will see him equal that tally, while a brace would put him clear at the top, still with nine games of the season to play.

A large away following is expected at the Wellesley this weekend and Andrews hopes Mayhew can make history at the first opportunity.

“It would be nice to see him get the record at Yarmouth,” said Andrews, who will be assessing the fitness of both Leon Ottley-Gooch and Harry Whayman ahead of this weekend’s trip.

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