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Blues weather the storm

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 05 July 2010

WITH five defenders among the eight players ruled out through injury, Lowestoft had a new central defensive partnership with Damian Hilton and Jack Marsden pairing up for the return fixture with Woodbridge Town.

WITH five defenders among the eight players ruled out through injury, Lowestoft had a new central defensive partnership with Damian Hilton and Jack Marsden pairing up for the return fixture with Woodbridge Town.

Jamie Stokeld filled the left back position as he made his first appearance since returning to the Blues from Kirkley & Pakefield.

A bitterly cold wind welcomed the players as the game kicked off with both sides taking time to settle. It was the Blues with the wind behind them who made the first threat on goal with Ally McKenna playing Gary McGee down the right and from his driven cross Jamie Godbold slid in at the far post but could only prod the ball into the side netting.

Marsden was enjoying an excellent game in his unusual role of central defence, and he played the ball up to McGee who flicked the ball into the path of Bradley Hough whose volley just cleared the bar.

Woodbridge too were pushing forward at every opportunity and from Scopes' free kick Goddard's drive was tipped over the bar by Andy Reynolds.

It was Lowestoft's turn then to threaten. Godbold and McGee created an opening for Reece Hunn whose shot was deflected over the bar but from the resultant corner in the last minute of the first half the Blues took the lead. Godbold's inswinging flag kick eluded everyone as it dropped under the bar into the net with no one getting a touch.

Lowestoft were forced into a change at the break with Hough unable to resume and Russell Stock making his comeback from injury. The Blues were close to increasing their lead from a Hunn corner, which was flicked up by Godbold but Stock's header found the side netting.

Facing the wind and snow the Blues were being forced back by Woodbridge who got a deserved equaliser in the 62nd minute although Kempson looked suspiciously offside as he ran through the inside left channel to shoot past Reynolds.

Both sides deserve credit for trying to play attacking football in atrocious conditions.

MoM: Jack Marsden.

Team: Reynolds, Blowers, Stokeld, Woodrow, Hilton, Jack Marsden, Godbold, Hough (sub Stock 46), McKenna (sub Williams 75), McGee, Hunn. Sub (not used): Smith.

Terry Lynes

A CHARITY football game is to be played at Lowestoft Town FC this Sunday. The match at Crown Meadow will be between Condors and the Lowestoft Fire Service and it kicks-off at 1pm.

All proceeds will go to the Sandra Chapman Centre at James Paget Hospital in Gorleston. Entry costs £1 on the day with all proceeds raised going to this worthy charity.

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