‘First win since October see’s Stow move closer to teams above
After eight straight defeats and no win since October, Stow finally got the three points that they so vitally needed defeating fellow strugglers Cornard United in what was a massive six point game. The win moved Stow just one point away from Cornard who currently sit on ten points in fifteenth place with a dire goal difference of minus forty three, shipping sixty three goals in just twenty one games.
Both sides had chances to take the lead early on, first Stow had a chance after Kieren Joseph smashed a shot at Ben Russell who held on well meanwhile at the other end Dean Pleasance had to head over Scott Yearling’s cross after the wide man found space down the flank. Kieren Joseph could again have put Stow one up after receiving James Grahams free kick, the forward turned Ben Warren inside out before unleashing his shot at goal, it sailed over the crossbar and Town could have then seen themselves go one down but Scott Yearling couldn’t steady himself in front of goal and as a result saw his shot go wide of the mark.
Stow kept battling away; Guy Dugdale won the ball and released Lee Drummond whose shot was turned round the post only for the resulting corner to be steered wide by Chris Gray. Town finally took the lead on twenty five minutes, Kieren Joseph on the right hand side found Lee Drummond after holding up the ball and his cross was then turned in by Chris Gray, giving the home side the lead in what was a must win game.
The Gold & Blacks could have doubled their advantage going into the break; Gareth Ward gained possession back for Stow and played in Kieren Joseph whose cross was bending way from the keeper was almost turned in by Chris Gray but the striker couldn’t hit the objective.
Cornard made all three substitutions at half time but Stow carried on as they left off at the start of the second period. Yani Duka showed great skill to trick the defenders allowing the young striker to set up Chris Gray who could only find the keeper with his cool shot at goal. The visitors had a rare opportunity through Ben Parder but he missed the target, summing up his sides afternoon. Yani Duka and Chris Gray were still working well together and after Chris Gray latched onto the striker slash midfielders pass he forced a good stop out of Barry Lynn in the visitor’s goal.
Stow eventually doubled their lead twenty minutes from time and it was that man again Chris Gray with his second of the match and fourth of the season so far. Lee Drummond and Kieren Joseph again linked up well before releasing Chris Gray who calmly slotted the ball way beyond Cornard keeper Barry Lynn. It was bookings galore after Stow’s second went in with seven yellow cards being shown in just under twenty minutes, amongst the chaos Chris Gray nearly grabbed himself the match ball but Barry Lynn stopped the striker from netting his hat trick with just his legs. Town won’t be bothered about the four bookings that were picked up by their players as they grabbed a vital three points to move them just one point away from moving off the foot of the table.