Lowestoft Town FC have moved a step closer to sealing home advantage in the Pitching In Isthmian League North division play-offs.

After picking up four points from their past two games, Jamie Godbold's men remain in third place with three games to be played in the space of a week.

A 2-3 away win at Basildon last Saturday - where Jake Reed fired a 20-minute hat trick in the first half - was followed by a 2-2 home draw against Suffolk rivals Bury Town on Wednesday night, with Reed and skipper Travis Cole on the scoresheet.

The earlier bank holiday Monday clash against Bury had to be rescheduled to midweek due to a waterlogged pitch.

After the weekend and midweek matches, third placed Lowestoft are now four points clear - with a game in hand - on Heybridge Swifts in fourth.

Lowestoft are also six points ahead of Grays in the remaining play-off place in fifth - with Stowmarket Town and Felixstowe & Walton United pushing as the crucial run-in intensifies.

With Lowestoft virtually guaranteed a play-off place, they are still ideally placed to secure a potential home tie in the play-off semi final with a third placed finish.

The Trawlerboys need three points from their last three games to confirm this, ahead of a trip to Essex this Saturday to play third placed Heybridge Swifts at Scraley Road.

Blues boss Jamie Godbold said: "We are still in a good position.

"Four points over the week is still a good return and I think we need one win from our last three games to secure third place.

"Heybridge are a good side who have hit some good form at the right time of the season.

"It will be a tough game."

Lowestoft will host Brentwood Town at the Fosters Solicitors Community Stadium next Tuesday, April 18 (7.45pm KO), with the vice presidents Easter prize draw held ahead of kick off in the social club.

The Trawlerboys will then host East Thurrock United on Saturday, April 22.