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Buoyant Blues through to last 16 of Vase

PUBLISHED: 08:19 20 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:28 05 July 2010

THERE were scenes of jubilation at a windswept Crown Meadow as Lowestoft Town progressed into the last 16 of the FA Vase for only the second time in their history.

THERE were scenes of jubilation at a windswept Crown Meadow as Lowestoft Town progressed into the last 16 of the FA Vase for only the second time in their history.

Micky Chapman's men beat Lincolnshire side Blackstones 3-2 in front of a large crowd on Saturday afternoon.

One of only a handful of games to survive the weather, as the rain decimated the local sporting programme, all the efforts of groundsman David Page in making the pitch playable were rewarded as The Blues will now find themselves in Monday's draw of the national competition, which will be made at Football Association headquarters in Soho Square.

Despite going a goal down to a strike from former Wisbech centre forward Liam Harrold, Chapman's men battled back and were level at 1-1 at the interval following Bradley Hough's goal on the stroke of half time.

Further strikes after the interval from defender Darren Cockrill and substitute Gary McGee gave The Blues a 3-1 cushion, but a late penalty converted by Harrold set up a tense finale.

But there were great scenes at the final whistle as Lowestoft clung on to celebrate victory, and The Blues fans - including Waveney MP Bob Blizzard - saluted the players and management for their victory amidst an indifferent league campaign.

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