Youth football is on the right path

PUBLISHED: 16:18 23 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:18 23 November 2018

Lowestoft assistant manager Andy Reynolds. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft assistant manager Andy Reynolds. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Shirley D Whitlow

Our youth football pathway, which we launched in partnership with North Suffolk Football Community and Sentinel Leisure Trust to deliver our ‘pre-13’ programme, is progressing well.

With a Lowestoft Town Centre of Excellence programme launched, this week we have confirmed are new partnership model with Ipswich Town FC, which is for those in the age range from U13 to U16.

This partnership agreed between the clubs will benefit youth development, seeing Lowestoft Town represented from next season with an U13 team in the Eastern Junior Alliance.

The great thing about the Ipswich Town centre of excellence, in partnership with Lowestoft Town, is there will be input from both clubs as to how its run.

On the pitch, we started off Saturday’s game well and we looked in total control of the match.

But on this occasion us scoring seemed to be the turning point. We did not respond well to going in front and fair play to Redditch, they hit back and troubled us. Our defending on some of the goals was not good enough for sure.

But the way we responded from this defeat was excellent. In terms of league positions there was no pressure on us on Tuesday night.

I was particularly pleased with Connor Deeks’ goal on the night as he has been fantastic for us and we definitely missed him (through illness) at the weekend.

While the statisticians may have had us down as securing our first league win since August, for us it is three wins in the last four. The key message after the game on Tuesday was to not dismiss what we had achieved as it is important to enjoy the winning feeling.

We have our report on Rushden & Diamonds and we know they are a good side, but we have to take Tuesday night’s win into Saturday’s home game (3pm kick-off) and put in another performance.

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