Lowestoft Town 0 Harlow Town 1: Trawlerboys boss left furious after FA Cup defeat
PUBLISHED: 14:01 17 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:01 17 September 2017
Shirley D Whitlow
Lowestoft Town manager Ady Gallagher felt his side lacked “hunger and desire” after they crashed out of the FA Cup to Harlow Town - who played for more than an hour with ten men.
Tommie Fagg’s goal on 62 minutes was enough for the Hawks to progress to the next round, which came against the odds after Nigel Neita was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle in the first half.
Gallagher said: “Too many players, on a consistent level, are not doing enough. They are six out of 10s across the board and it’s just cosy - some of them seem to have their slippers on almost - they are comfortable at the club and in the team.
“Today we haven’t scored and playing like that, we could go another week and still not score.”
It was the third FA Cup meeting between the two sides, with the Hawks winning both of the previous meetings 2-1.
Lowestoft made one change to the side who beat Needham Market in their last game as defender Freddie Westlake came in for the suspended Dean Leacock.
The visitors from Essex, under the guidance of manager Danny Chapman, were making their second visit to Suffolk in the space of a week – after playing out a 0-0 draw with Leiston in their previous league game.
In a game worth £4,500 to the winners, Lowestoft squandered two golden chances before the half-hour mark as Shaun Bammant’s header was stopped by a defender and Callum White shot over the crossbar from close range.
The game sparked into life on 31 minutes. Just moments after some needless pushing and shoving near the touchline, visiting player Nigel Neita was shown a straight red card for what the referee deemed a dangerous challenge on Callum White.
The midfielder was clearly wound up from the previous melee, with the Lowestoft players and management incensed with the tackle.
After the break, as the heavy rain began to fall, the Trawlerboys knew they had to capitalise on their one man advantage.
Travis Cole forced keeper Ben McNamara into a smart save on 54 minutes, as he tipped over a header from Barker’s cross.
At the other end, captain Craig Pope went close - although his toe-poke was saved by Ben Dudzinski.
As the game passed the hour mark, it was the visitors who seized the initiative against the odds.
Tommie Fagg expertly curled the ball past Dudzinski from 20 yards - his second FA Cup goal this season - to give Harlow Town a 1-0 lead.
Harvey Hodd and Josh Greenleaf were brought on for the home side, as they looked for a way back into the game.
And it was Hodd who had a real chance on 77 minutes, but keeper McNamara reacted well to smother the ball on the edge of his box.
They had another opening with three minutes left on the clock, as Freddie Westlake squared for Rossi Jarvis, but his poke towards goal was saved well by the visiting keeper.
It got worse for Lowestoft in stoppage time as Cole was given a straight red card for a foul on the goalkeeper - although the crowd and management felt it was a case of mistaken identity - with Rory McAuley seemingly the guilty party.
Gallagher added: “I am absolutely distraught to be out of the cup.
“The players need to look at themselves as today we lacked hunger and desire and I think I have been too loyal to two or three players in the side - believing that their quality will come through.”
Lowestoft Town: Dudzinski, Barker, Humphrey (Smith 59) Cole, McAuley, Westlake, White (Hodd 66), Jarvis, Reed, Zielonka (Greenleaf 73), Bammant. Subs not used: Nyadzayo, Putnins.
Harlow Town: McNamara, Pope (capt), Kimpala Mayasi, Maduako, Sonko, Simms, Small (Livings 59), Gordon, Read (Dobson 66), Fagg (Dadson 78), Neita.
Subs not used: Dickens, Vidal, Shepherd, Lee.
Referee: Paul Burnham