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A season of highs and lows

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:39 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town FC club notes by Terry Lynes



LOWESTOFT Town's season can easily be summed up as a hugely disappointing league campaign overshadowed by a magnificent FA Carlsberg Vase adventure ending with a never to be forgotten day out at Wembley.

Lowestoft Town FC club notes by Terry Lynes

LOWESTOFT Town's season can easily be summed up as a hugely disappointing league campaign overshadowed by a magnificent FA Carlsberg Vase adventure ending with a never to be forgotten day out at Wembley.

A look at the statistics shows a major reason for the inconsistency was a season disrupted by injury. In a first team squad of 17 experienced players, no fewer than nine missed a quarter of the season or more with Andy Reynolds, Craig Lewis and Dale Cockrill absent for more than half.

Cockrill's absence was also down to his short return to Gorleston in mid season.

There were no ever presents in the squad with Carl Poppy leading the way with 52 appearances, one more than Neil Plaskett.

On the other hand nine youth team players gained first team experience during the season.

Richard Woodrow claimed the top scorer mantle with 19 goals helped by nine successful penalty conversions with midfielder Jamie Godbold hitting 16.

Gary McGee, Bradley Hough, Ally McKenna and Russell Stock also reached double figures in a season which produced 121 competitive goals.

There were notable milestones for Godbold who passed the 350 appearance mark, Gary McGee who reached 300 and Matty Potter and Woodrow who both passed the 200.

Godbold also took his goal tally past the century mark finishing up with 113 whilst McKenna and Stock both passed the half century.

Due to first team calls, Kevin Gook's Reserve team used 45 players during the season.

Nobody played in all 34 games but Ritchi High missed just two games and Henry Wyndham three.

A total 56 competitive goals were scored during the season with Gary Williams topping the charts with nine, one more than Ritchi High.

Wyndham passed the century of Reserve team appearances finishing with 113 to his name.

In an intriguing Ridgeons Youth League season, the Town Youths were one of three sides on equal points at the top of the table and separated only by two goals.

Joint managers Reynolds and Gook should be congratulated on seeing all the squad, with the exception of the under age players, turning out for the Reserves during the season with nine players also making the first team.

Nobody played in all 23 games but Liam McMartin and Christy Finch all missed just a single game and Craig Sartain and Chris Sandford two.

Finch topped the scoring charts with 12 goals, three more than Gary Williams.

Danny Mitchell ended his Youth team tenure with a superb record of 59 goals in 80 games,

Williams ended with 65 appearances and 22 goals whilst Dale Smith and Liam McMartin also reached 50 appearances.

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