Willie Clemons on target as Stowmarket Town extend cup run
Willie Clemons netted his first goal since returning from suspension to help Stowmarket Town remain on course for a league and cup double.
The Bermuda international scored the hosts’ third in a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over nine-men Ipswich Town XI in a heated Turner Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup second round tie at Greens Meadow.
Clemons was in the right place at the right time to smash in Josh Mayhew’s parried shot in the 68th minute, which effectively put the game further beyond the visitors reach.
“It is just amazing the joy football brings to people at all levels,” Clemons said. “Can never take that for granted.
“Support was top drawer as it always is. Back in the hat we go!”
Clemons and his team-mates fell in arrears after Callum Page took possession from a throw-in and sliced his way through Stowmarket’s defence before firing home to put the visitors ahead in the fourteenth minute.
Stowmarket eventually drew level in the 38th minute when Ipswich goalkeeper Antoni Bort failed to cling to a save, with Evan Collard lashing in the loose ball to send the teams into the break deadlocked.
The game took another turn when Ipswich were reduced to ten men in the 61st minute after Brooklyn Kabongolo picked up a second booking and was sent off.
The hosts took only seconds to capitalise on their numerical advantage as Chris Casement gave them the lead for good when his long range effort found it intended target through heavy traffic.
Clemons then rounded off the scoring before being replaced by George Bugg in the 77th minute.
The visitors were further reduced when Tete Yengi was sent off following a melee in the final minute of regulation time.
Clemons started the match alongside compatriot and national team-mate, Reggie Lambe, who was playing against his former club.
He only returned to Paul Musgrove’s squad last Saturday in a convincing 2-0 win away to Great Wakering Rovers, which sent the visitors to the top of the Isthmian League North, having received a stoppage time red card on January 29.
Clemons was also on target in Stowmarket’s 2-0 win over Lowestoft Town, who play a level above them in the English football pyramid, in the first round of the Turner Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup at Greens Meadow on January 18.
Wednesday’s cup tie was originally scheduled to be played on February 15 but was postponed due to a water logged pitch.