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Air of optimism among Lowestoft Town faithful despite uncertain times

PUBLISHED: 09:55 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:12 21 March 2018

Hard times for the Lowestoft Town faithful. Picture: Nick Butcher

Hard times for the Lowestoft Town faithful. Picture: Nick Butcher

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Against a backdrop of severe financial difficulties, Lowestoft Town fans finally had an opportunity to demonstrate how determined they are for their club to survive.

Keeper Elvijs Putnins makes a save for Lowestoft during the game against Dulwich Hamlet. Picture: Nick ButcherKeeper Elvijs Putnins makes a save for Lowestoft during the game against Dulwich Hamlet. Picture: Nick Butcher

Although last night’s home match against high-flying Dulwich Hamlet provided a welcome distraction from off-the-pitch matters, it was - in all truth - overshadowed by an undeniable feeling of uncertainty.

With recent games against Hendon and Wingate and Finchley postponed, the visit of the south London side was the first since the extent of the Trawlerboys’ money problems were revealed in a statement from the board of directors earlier this month.

Fans turned out to watch Lowestoft Town take on Dulwich Hamlet at the Amber Dew Events Stadium. Picture: Nick ButcherFans turned out to watch Lowestoft Town take on Dulwich Hamlet at the Amber Dew Events Stadium. Picture: Nick Butcher

‘Save our club’ banners greeted supporters as they came through the turnstiles at the Amber Dew Events Stadium, while resolute campaigners swept the perimeter of the pitch with collection buckets.

Despite the less-than-ideal situation, there remained an air of optimism among the majority of the 378 fans who braved the cold to watch the Blues succumb to a 3-1 defeat against the Bostik Premier League table-toppers.

Some of the fans who turned out to watch Lowestoft take on Dulwich Hamlet Picture: Nick ButcherSome of the fans who turned out to watch Lowestoft take on Dulwich Hamlet Picture: Nick Butcher

Leading the charge amid the period of financial turmoil is Helen Nixon who, as Lowestoft Town’s fundraising committee chairman, helped launch the £50,000 GoFundMe appeal.

Speaking pitchside, she said: “The supporters here are absolutely brilliant and we need this club for the good of the town.

“I’m optimistic about the future; we just need the right information from the club so that we can understand the task at hand and work together as one going forward.”

Fans turned out to watch Lowestoft Town take on Dulwich Hamlet at the Amber Dew Events Stadium. Picture: Nick ButcherFans turned out to watch Lowestoft Town take on Dulwich Hamlet at the Amber Dew Events Stadium. Picture: Nick Butcher

Lewis Cleveland, a keen Blues supporter since he was a young boy, said: “This wasn’t too much of a shock but it’s a real shame. It’s not something you like to see happen to any club.

“It’s good to see the buckets around the ground tonight; after all, every little helps. You’d like to think that the whole town is going to come together and help to try and save the club.”

Dulwich Hamlet go 2-0 through an own goal from Ross Marshall. Picture: Nick ButcherDulwich Hamlet go 2-0 through an own goal from Ross Marshall. Picture: Nick Butcher

Tomorrow night, March 22, will see the club host a supporters meeting, where fans will get the chance to hear more about the club’s financial situation.

The concern among the Lowestoft faithful, though, is finding out what’s going on behind the scenes and being able to make their feelings known.

Manu Machaya runs through on goal for Lowestoft Town.
 Picture: Nick ButcherManu Machaya runs through on goal for Lowestoft Town. Picture: Nick Butcher

“There’s a lot we don’t know, and won’t know until Thursday night,” said Billy Snowling, another regular.

“I’m hoping we’re going to be able to ask questions – I will most certainly want to.”

Captain Travis Cole scores a 90th minute penalty for Lowestoft Town. Picture: Nick ButcherCaptain Travis Cole scores a 90th minute penalty for Lowestoft Town. Picture: Nick Butcher

Travis Cole celebrates after slotting in a penalty in the final minute.
 Picture: Nick ButcherTravis Cole celebrates after slotting in a penalty in the final minute. Picture: Nick Butcher

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