Blues and Royals ready for big games
PUBLISHED: 06:00 12 November 2010
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LEAGUE and cup competitions take centre stage for the town’s top two football teams in what promises to be a busy week ahead.
And after both Lowestoft Town and Kirkley & Pakefield had secured three league points and a place in the semi-finals of the Suffolk Premier Cup in their past two encounters, The Trawler Boys and The Royals will be aiming to keep the momentum going with two tough games in the next four days.
For the joint Blues boss Micky Chapman, after what has been a “very pleasing week,” he is expecting “another tough game” against Wealdstone at Crown Meadow tomorrow.
Third-placed Lowestoft go into the game against 16th placed Wealdstone in the Ryman League tomorrow without Matthew Halliday (wedding) Andrew Fisk and Lee McGlone (suspension). Curtis Haynes-Brown does return to the squad tomorrow, but there are injury doubts surrounding Matt Nolan and Joe Francis.
“We won 2-0 at their place earlier in the season in a tough game and I’m expecting another one,” Chapman admitted.
Next Tuesday brings more cup action at Crown Meadow, with AFC Sudbury the visitors in the second round of the Championship Manager Cup (Ryman League Cup). Fisk and McGlone will be available in midweek, although Haynes-Brown will miss out on facing his former club as he serves a one-match ban. Off the field this week, the Blues revealed that winger Craig Bussens has joined Ridgeons League leaders Dereham Town on loan for two-months.
Over the bascule bridge, tomorrow is arguably the biggest game in K&P’s season thus far, as they host Long Buckby in the second round of the FA Vase.
The Northamptonshire side are third in the Hereward Teamwear United Counties League following a run of four consecutive league wins, which was ended by defeat last Saturday.
Royals boss Jon Reynolds urged fans to show their support for his side at Walmer Road tomorrow and added: “People can rest assured that we will be raring to go and we’re really looking forward to it.”
If tomorrow’s game is drawn there will be a replay on Tuesday night. If not, the third-placed Royals travel to Norwich United, in eighth, for a league clash.
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