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All set for Vase tie

PUBLISHED: 10:41 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:27 05 July 2010

ALL attentions will turn to the Crown Meadow tomorrow - as a lucrative last 32 clash in the FA Vase takes centre stage.

Rallying his troops ahead of an aerial bombardment from Lincolnshire-based Blackstones FC, joint Blues boss Micky Chapman is calling on the support of the Lowestoft fans in making the Meadow "an intimidating place to be" tomorrow.

ALL attentions will turn to the Crown Meadow tomorrow - as a lucrative last 32 clash in the FA Vase takes centre stage.

Rallying his troops ahead of an aerial bombardment from Lincolnshire-based Blackstones FC, joint Blues boss Micky Chapman is calling on the support of the Lowestoft fans in making the Meadow “an intimidating place to be” tomorrow.

“Our supporters are the best in the league,” Chapman told The Journal. “They can be an extra player for us and are extremely important. “We want them behind us, with everybody pulling in the same direction and showing loyalty - which they always do.

“Hopefully the fans can turn out in droves, singing and clapping - and if we do our bit and they do theirs, then hopefully it will be enough to get us into the last 16.”

For Chapman, visits of the Eagle Bitter United Counties League side have proved successful in the past - with the former Blues striker notching a hat trick in one past fixture and then, as manager, securing a 2-0 friendly win in 2006.

And tomorrow he is hoping the successful winning streak will continue - as the Blues put a poor season behind them, and look to bounce back from last week's “shocking” first half display in losing 2-1 against Haverhill.

“We will be really, really up for the challenge (tomorrow) as we desperately want to stay in the FA Vase,” Chapman admitted. “We'll have to be at our best to make that happen as Blackstones are a very tough side, but it's our intention to make it through.”

Off the field this week, there were two major developments. Issuing a joint statement from both clubs, Kirkley and Pakefield FC and Lowestoft Town joined forces to “draw a line” under problems that escalated over the festive period.

“A cordial meeting between representatives of both sides was held at Walmer Road at the weekend, and everything is fine now,” Lowestoft chairman Geoff Price said.

There was also an “awesome” development for Lowestoft, as The Blues director of football, Gary Bennett, said: “After a full committee and management meeting (this week) it was 100pc agreed to remove our reserve side from the Anglian Combination and put them in the Ridgeons Reserve League from the start of next season. “This is an awesome move by the club as part of our development of our young players - it shows we are on the right track and are preparing for better things to take our club to another level, with the future beings much brighter.”

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