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Club can be pride of our community

PUBLISHED: 15:12 02 November 2018

Lowestoft Town assistant manager Andy Reynolds. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft Town assistant manager Andy Reynolds. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Shirley D Whitlow

When Jamie and I returned to the football club, our long term ambition was to improve the club’s community feel – and this has been going well.

Bob Charlton and Travis Cole, of Lowestoft Town FC, as the North Suffolk football community sessions, held in conjunction with Lowestoft Town FC, are launched. Pictures: Steve WoodBob Charlton and Travis Cole, of Lowestoft Town FC, as the North Suffolk football community sessions, held in conjunction with Lowestoft Town FC, are launched. Pictures: Steve Wood

We have been making good progress and we’re in a position now with our youth football pathway where we’ve launched an exciting partnership with North Suffolk Football Community and Sentinel Leisure Trust to deliver our ‘pre-13’ programme.

A new Lowestoft Town Centre of Excellence has also been launched and this is being developed as well for those in the age range from U13 to U16,

We have still got some fine tuning to do, but behind the scenes we are looking to work with the local primary schools and as we make progress it is important we set these things up for the long term.

We will be running half term holiday clubs – with a holiday club over Christmas – and we want people to come along and enjoy a positive experience.

On the pitch, Saturday’s FA Trophy 1-0 defeat to Enfield Town was perhaps difficult to take.

We knew Enfield were a good step three side doing really well in the Bostik League, but the boys gave a good account of themselves.

When we reflect on it, and think about how well we coped with the opposition and created chances, then that is good to take forward.

But we can’t pat ourselves on the back because we have created chances, if we are going to create these chances we need to score a good percentage of them to give ourselves a chance.

It is nice to have Andrew Fisk, Shaun Bammant and Connor Deeks back training and in contention as we build them back up again. Injury wise, Travis Cole is still out long term, Josh Curry will be coming out of his boot in the coming weeks, Adam Smith is making progress while further investigations are needed around Jacek’s injury.

For Saturday’s game away at Stourbridge, we know it will be a tough task. They have had some good results at home recently, but we will go there and hopefully we can give a good account of ourselves.

They are up there in our division and have had some good results, but we’ve got a report and some information about how we can set up against them.

On Tuesday we are then away at Leiston in the cup and I’ve no doubt it will be good game. There is no pressure for league points and we will use the young players we have along with those players coming back to fitness.

They have lads in their dressing room who are no strangers to Lowestoft, myself and Jamie, so it should be a really good game.

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