Lowestoft Town chief Ady Gallagher ready to mix it with big spending Billericay

Lowestoft Town could be coming up against former Stoke City winger Jermaine Pennant when they take on Billericay on Tuesday evening. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Lowestoft Town could be coming up against former Stoke City winger Jermaine Pennant when they take on Billericay on Tuesday evening. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Lowestoft Town come up against the Harlem Globetrotters of non league football this evening at the Amber Dew Events Stadium as Billericay come to town.

The Essex side have made national headlines after signing former Premier League stars Jermaine Pennant, Paul Konchesky and Jamie O’Hara over the summer. It demonstrates the challenge that lies ahead for Trawlerboys boss Ady Gallagher, who has to deal in a vastly different financial climate.

Billericay, who surprisingly lost their Bostik League Premier opener against Kingstonian on Saturday, will still be expected to challenge for the title given their recent outlay whilst Gallagher tries to keep the Blues competitive at the same level with an ever decreasing budget.

“I think the challenge is to produce a squad that’s good enough to compete with the financial restrictions we’ve got,” said Gallagher, who leads the Blues into a campaign for the third time as sole boss.

“It’s a real test for me and my backroom staff to find the right players to be able to challenge in this league.

“It’s something I’ve been part of before - (former Lowestoft boss) Mick (Chapman) and I revitalised several sides over the years - it’s something that you have to do as a manager. If we can produce a side that competes then I will be very proud.”

Billericay will have to get used to being seen as a scalp by the rest of their Bostik League Premier rivals but Lowestoft have got their own issues after a summer of change on the east coast.

The club remains in a transitional phase following its relegation from the National League in 2016 and a lot of the old guard have left for pastures new to be replaced by young, hungry players eager to make an impression at this level.

The chemistry of the squad remains in its embryonic stages but Gallagher is certain the group will unite to once again be competitive.

“We’ve got a really good dressing room - a nice blend of youth and experience,” said the Blues chief. “When you’ve got a new group it takes a bit of time to settle and we will get tighter as the season progresses from the challenges that we will face.”

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