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Chapman salutes FA Vase heroes

PUBLISHED: 07:00 20 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:32 05 July 2010

Russell Stokc celebrates scoring his hat-trick against Hungerford Town in the FA Vase. PICTURE: MICK HOWES

Russell Stokc celebrates scoring his hat-trick against Hungerford Town in the FA Vase. PICTURE: MICK HOWES

Mark Boggis

AN emotional Micky Chapman this week saluted his "heroic" players after a stunning comeback sealed Lowestoft Town's place in the quarter finals of the FA Vase.

Mark Boggis

AN emotional Micky Chapman this week saluted his “heroic” players after a stunning comeback sealed Lowestoft Town's place in the quarter finals of the FA Vase.

The joint Blues boss praised his troops as they battled back from being 3-1 down to serve up a cup classic and overcame the odds as they eventually emerged 4-3 winners after an action packed 120 minutes.

“It was a fantastic comeback and a fantastic occasion for everyone,” Chapman said. “The match had everything you would want in a game of football.

“The great comeback, excitement from the start to the finish, sendings off, chances galore and both sides going all out for the win.

“We showed so much character and so much resilience to turn the game around,” he added.

“We're so, so proud of the boys, everyone was a hero on Saturday. We're now in the next round and into the quarter finals, which we're delighted with.”

Equally fulsome in his praise for the deserving Blues, joint-manager Ady Gallagher hailed his players for keeping their cool in the cup classic, watched by more than 1,000 fans.

“At this stage of the competition it is all about keeping your head,” said Gallagher. “We kept playing and believing in ourselves. I'm so proud of the boys.”

And Gallagher reserved special praise for the Trawler Boy fans who packed into the Meadow and made it a day to remember.

“This town has got a football team it can be proud of and the fans are playing their part. They sung throughout and, to us, they are world class.” he said.

Victory for The Blues ensures another Crown Meadow classic is in store in the quarter finals next Saturday. against the Robins of Bideford AFC.

But before next week's clash Lowestoft have two “tough” Ridgeons League games as they look to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Tomorrow The Blues travel to King's Lynn Reserves, before hosting Norwich United on Tuesday, while neighbours Kirkley & Pakefield entertain Harwich & Parkeston tomorrow.

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