A brilliant game to see
CHAPPO'S CORNERWHAT an advert for football Saturday's game against East Thurrock was - it had everything. It was exciting from the word go with two good sides in front of our biggest league crowd of the season.
WHAT an advert for football Saturday's game against East Thurrock was - it had everything.
It was exciting from the word go with two good sides in front of our biggest league crowd of the season. Loads of goals and the match swung both games.
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We played well throughout and we knew we had to. They're a good side who are one of our biggest challengers and had the league leading goalscorer in their ranks too.
But all credit to our lads who showed another side to their game, because it would have been quite easy to drop our heads going in at half-time 2-1 down having led 1-0.
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We had opportunities to score quite a few goals first half but their keeper pulled off some real quality saves but we got the break we wanted and scored a good goal through Craig Bussens.
They looked dangerous on the break, and lo and behold they broke and within a matter of minutes scored two quick goals.
We went in at half-time and were really disappointed, but knew we could pull it back.
And we did. We continued to create a lot of chances in the second-half.
We decided to move Joe Francis up front beside Matt Nolan, put Scott Mitchell on the left-hand side and put Jamie Forshaw on the right and took off both Gary McGee and Bussey. They'd played well but it was just tactical.
It was one of those days where we made a substitution and it paid off for us all. Other days it doesn't come off.
Within five minutes of Franny going down the middle he'd scored a belter. He turned the defender and put in a quality chip from 25 yards out.
And within another few minutes he broke down the left hand side and just spanked from 20 yards to put us 3-2 up.
We were flying at that time, but East Thurrock kept coming and equalised again.
But we kept our nerve and kept going and a great opportunity fell to Franny, after Nolan held it up, and he just tucked it in the corner for his hat-trick.
Our boys were fantastic to be honest. We had to be at our best right through the game and we had to dig in deep as well. To concede a lead just before half-time meant we had to show a hell of a lot of character.
Seven goals, a great win and three points on the board.
I think every Lowestoft supporter must have left the ground happy on Saturday.
Monday's Championship Manager Cup was always going to be in doubt with the state of the Croydon Athletic pitch and it was re-arranged for Wednesday but it was off again.
We've got a big league tomorrow against Enfield and a massive week. Then we've got Concord Rangers away on Tuesday, Croydon away Thursday, and then Great Wakering away on the Saturday.
Our attention is on Enfield another good side who are up there on merit, but they're all tough.
Micky Chapman was speaking to Jonathan Redhead