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Blues have eyes on FA Vase glory

PUBLISHED: 11:03 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:27 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town Club Notes by Terry Lynes



ARGUABLY the most important game of the Blues season takes place at the Crown Meadow tomorrow when Blackstones are the visitors in the fourth round of the FA Carlsberg Vase.

Lowestoft Town Club Notes by Terry Lynes

ARGUABLY the most important game of the Blues season takes place at the Crown Meadow tomorrow when Blackstones are the visitors in the fourth round of the FA Carlsberg Vase.

A place in the last 16 of the competition awaits the winners and Micky Chapman, Ady Gallagher and the Blues players will be doing their utmost to make sure it is Lowestoft Town's name that appears in the draw.

This will be the third competitive meeting between the two clubs, both previous meetings ending in wins for the Blues. In the FA Cup Preliminary Round in 1990 a single Micky Shade goal was sufficient to send the Blues through and the following year, 1991, the FA Vase Preliminary Round sent us to face Blackstones at their Lincoln Road ground. That game saw the Blues win by a 4-1 margin with current Lowestoft manager Micky Chapman hitting a hat trick with the other goal netted by Karl Bowler.

In more recent times Blackstones paid a visit to the Crown Meadow for a pre-season friendly in July 2006 when goals from Darren Cockrill and Richard Woodrow gave the Blues a 2-0 victory.

All that counts for nothing though as it will be a very confident Blackstones side that arrive at the Meadow. They are currently on track for their highest ever Eagle Bitter United Counties League placing, sitting in fourth place with games in hand on those sides above them. They have never previously finished higher than sixth.

The effects of the flu bug and injury were very apparent in the first half of last week's game against Haverhill. The Blues were definitely second best and Rovers were well worth their two goal lead, the second coming from a needlessly conceded penalty which also saw Russell Stock sent off.

The half time break and re-organisation saw the Blues emerge as a completely different side despite being a man short as they dominated the second period but could not add to Carl Poppy's goal. It is pure conjecture what might have happened had they had a full compliment on the pitch in that second half.

There is no midweek action for the Blues next week with any Vase replay being dated for next Saturday.

The Reserves made it three wins on the trot on Saturday when a single Danny Scriven goal was enough to give them the three points from a first ever visit to Hindringham. The only goal came from the penalty spot after Scriven himself had been brought down. Tomorrow the Reserves travel up to Sheringham with a 2pm kick off.

The Lowestoft and Kirkley Youths shared the points and two goals in the Ridgeons Youth League last week with Jon Lovelock's first goal for the side cancelled out by a last minute Michael Hodgson equaliser. They were due to travel to North Walsham Town Youth yesterday and next Tuesday visit Dereham Town Youth.

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