The push for play-off places in the Pitching In Isthmian League North division is intensifying as Lowestoft Town manager Jamie Godbold urges his players to "focus" on a busy run ahead.

With the league play-off semi finals earmarked for Tuesday, April 25, Lowestoft's six league games to be played over the next 28 days are now crucial.

Third placed Lowestoft are now eight points clear of Suffolk rivals Stowmarket Town in fourth - although Stowmarket have a game in hand - and nine points ahead of fifth placed Felixstowe & Walton United.

As finishing second or third in the table secures a home tie in the play-off semi finals, it is all to play for in the next month.

The Trawlerboys eight game unbeaten run ended in Essex last weekend with a 1-2 defeat at Grays.

A goal in each half had put the home side ahead, before Adam Hipperson's 81st minute penalty led to a frantic finale, but Grays held on to remain in sixth place.

The Blues bowed out of the Suffolk Premier Cup at the quarter final stage on Tuesday with another 1-2 reverse - this time at Bury Town.

Blues boss Godbold said: "It is not the best week we have had this season.

"Hopefully it is just a little blip - the lads know we have to be at it every single game, every week as we are far from over the line yet.

"The play offs are our only focus now and all eyes are on the league.

"We have got injuries to key players and Maldon & Tiptree will be a tough game on Saturday - another game on the road.

"The sooner we can confirm our place in the play offs, the better, and try and secure that third place to get a home draw in the semi final."