‘Austin proves doubters wrong in 5 goal drubbing of Wanderers’
Saturday, November 5th, 2011: Ridgeons League First Division Knockout Cup 1st Round
Ipswich Wanderers 1-5 Stowmarket Town
Ipswich Wanderers who sit bottom of the Ridgeons First Division had 5 goals blasted past them on what was a wet and gloomy afternoon in Ipswich. It was new manager Shane Austin’s first game in charge of the Gold & Blacks and he silenced the critics after what was fantastic performance from Town who were too strong for the Wanderers on their home turf. He stated that ‘It’ll be a big step up for me earlier on in the week to local press however he made it look easy standing in the dugout and directing Stow to a very strong win in the 1st Round of the cup.
The game started with a fairly quick tempo and Town broke down the left early, Drummond played an inch perfect ball behind the back line to allow Proctor to run on to it and cross, Gray headed wide but Stow were looking threatening early on. Gray soon had the ball in the new though, a few minutes later Drummond found himself in good space down the left and cut the ball back to the on-form forward who slotted his shot past the keeper giving Stowmarket a much deserved lead.
Ipswich Wanderers quickly got back in the game though, their first shot came through Russell and it was some way out however it moved in the air and Bugg could only parry it as far as Hall who was on hand to turn the loose ball in making the scores level once more. Wanderers began to take control of the match and Tynan came close after his shot drifted wide, Russell latched onto Smith-Edwards pass down the right flank and was brought down by Pleasance in the area. The referee swiftly pointed to the spot although it appeared as though Pleasance had won the ball in his challenge; nonetheless Frost stepped up and virtually passed the ball towards the right corner and it required more power as Bugg stretched across his goal to make a fine save, the ball was then cleared and Town built from then on in.
Some impressive work from Lopes allowed Proctor space to shoot but Reid saved and kept Stow at bay. Drummond continued to cause problems out wide on the left and played the ball back to Proctor whose shot was once again saved by the tremendous Reid whose athleticism to turn the ball over the bar was fantastic. Town turned up the gas and Gray forced Reid into another good save after shooting with the outside of his boot. Stow then went on to score two before the break, first Lopes scored his second in as many games as he superb run of games for the first team continued. The Guinea-Bassau international ran onto Myhill’s pass beating the offside trap to take the ball beyond Reid and pass the ball into an empty goal. Proctor then switched the ball across to Drummond on the left wing, the wide man cut inside and slotted the ball past Reid in the Wanderers goal and that signalled half time whistle.
After the players came back out the Gold & Black look to mark their superiority on the game once more and did exactly that, Proctor’s free kick was tipped wide and from the resulting corner Graham headed home Drummond’s corner to extend Town’s lead. Duka and Mayes were both introduced into the game and the two of them had their efforts well saved by Reid who was keeping the score relatively respectable for the home side. Proctor was looking to get on the score sheet and nearly did so after hitting the crossbar with one shot and the side netting with the other however the striker got he deserved shortly after. Drummond chested down a high ball to Proctor who smashed a shot low into the bottom left corner beyond an outstretched Reid. Stow continued to dominate the later stages of the game but the scores stayed at 5-1 and Town progressed into the next round of the cup.