MATCH REPORT: Derby delight for Stow

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THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION: Stowmarket Town 2 Debenham LC 0

Stowmarket Town gave their supporters a late Christmas present after beating local rivals Debenham LC 2-0 at Greens Meadow.

First-half goals from Matt Dixon and Will Seccombe gave the Old Gold and Blacks a 2-0 lead, which they managed to hold onto after Debenham spurned a number of chances to get back into the game in the second-half.

Stow were looking to end 2015 on a high after recent defeats to Leiston Reserves and Wivenhoe Town had seen them drop to 13th in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division table.

Rick Andrews’ men made a flying start to the derby with top goalscorer Dixon notching his 17th goal of the season, converting an eighth minute penalty after being brought down by Ben Green in the box.

Stowmarket came close to a second shortly after, as Ben Licence’s through ball found Dixon out wide, and he set up Wayne Proctor for a shot which Steve Fenner did well to get his fingers to.

The rest of the half saw the visitors enjoy the majority of the possession, with chances for Sam Diaper and Jake Gathercole both going wide of the target.

As half-time approached, Stow dealt their local rivals a killer blow by doubling their lead just three minutes before the break.

Licence’s corner found the hands of Fenner, but the Debenham goalkeeper spilt the ball and Seccombe pounced to score his first goal for the Old Gold and Blacks.

The second-half was a much quieter affair until the hour mark when Stow frontman Proctor had a goal ruled out for offside, before Debenham struck the frame of the home goal twice in quick succession.

After the ball cannoned back off the Stow crossbar, Hornets substitute Jack Seccombe’s strike clipped the post on its way over Dan Joyce in the Stowmarket goal.

Debenham’s Seccombe missed another great chance on 68 minutes, firing over the target after showing great skill to turn his man and run through on goal.

The visitors continued to search for a way back into the game, and four minutes later the ball fell invitingly to Seccombe again, but the youngster scooped the ball over the crossbar.

There was still time for Debenham to hit the crossbar again in the final minutes, as Stow withstood the pressure to record a 2-0 derby victory in their final outing of 2015.

Stowmarket Town: Joyce, B Holmes, Gaught, Graham, Pleasance (Hawkins 80), W Seccombe, Moore, A Holmes, Proctor (Ranson 64), Dixon (c), Licence (Tuwizana 69). Sub not used: Folkes.

Debenham LC: S Fenner, Kemp, Brock, Green, T Fenner (c), Goddard (Wood 86), Thorrold, Barker, Diaper (J Seccombe 55), Gathercole, Beeton (Cooke 69). Sub not used: Vince.

Attendance 145.