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Cockrills crowing for Town

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:11 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town players celebrate Dale Cockrill's goal against AFC Sudbury on Saturday, PICTURE: EADT

Lowestoft Town players celebrate Dale Cockrill's goal against AFC Sudbury on Saturday, PICTURE: EADT

Lowestoft Town 2, AFC Sudbury 2 (AET - Town win 4-1 on pens)

THE Blues fitness, character and spirit was to the fore as they came back from the dead to win a dramatic penalty shootout in their replay against AFC Sudbury and earn a mouthwatering trip to Cambridge City in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Lowestoft Town players celebrate Dale Cockrill's goal against AFC Sudbury on Saturday, PICTURE: EADT

Lowestoft Town 2, AFC Sudbury 2 (AET - Town win 4-1 on pens)

THE Blues fitness, character and spirit was to the fore as they came back from the dead to win a dramatic penalty shootout in their replay against AFC Sudbury and earn a mouthwatering trip to Cambridge City in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The Blues fielded an unchanged side from the first game which ended in a 1-1 draw on Saturday the but it looked ominous for the Town as the Sudbury side upped their performance to make all the early running.

Russell Stock shot into the side netting but it was Sudbury who took the lead after 18 minutes with Rowe beating the Town's square back four to chip the ball over Reynolds into the net.

Lowestoft looked for an equaliser and Jamie Godbold found Gary McGee who shot against keeper Jones' legs.

It was the visitors who were looking the sharper and it was no real surprise when they increased their lead in the 29th minute. It was Rowe again who did the damage getting clear in the inside left channel to shoot past Reynolds.

Lowestoft came out in the second half looking to get back into the game with Gary McGee sending in a 35 yard effort after a poor kicked clearance by Jones but the keeper recovered his ground to comfortably save. Richard Woodrow was not far off target from 25 yards but Rowe should have completed his hat trick following a quick break down the right but he stabbed the ball wide of the upright.

The Blues sent on substitutes Bradley Hough and Ross King as they searched for a way through the Sudbury defence and opted for an all out attack by moving Darren Cockrill up from the back to act as a third striker with Stock and McGee.

The Blues were given a lifeline in the 77th minute as McGee's cross picked out Darren Cockrill at the far post to head home to bring the Blues back into the game.

The Blues were now throwing caution to the wind and in the 81st minute Hough slipped the ball through to Dale Cockrill in the inside right channel who was brought down as he moved into the penalty area.

With regular penalty taker Woodrow off the pitch it was Darren Cockrill who stepped up to hit the spot kick low past Jones to bring the scores level and take the tie into extra time.

Both sides looked for a winner in the extra 30 minutes but to no avail and the tie went to a penalty shoot out.

The character of the Town's big men then came to the fore as Stock, Neil Plaskett and Darren Cockrill all slammed their spot kicks into the net.

On the other hand Andy Reynolds dived to his right to save Sudbury's first spot kick from Hunt, Clarke had netted their second but Cogger had seen the third spot kick rebound out off the post.

With the 600 spectators on the edge of their seats, Dale Cockrill strode forward to blast the ball home and as an almighty roar erupted from all sides of the ground the midfielder was engulfed by his ecstatic team mates.

Man of the Match: Darren Cockrill.

Town: Reynolds, Poppy, Jack Marsden, Woodrow (sub King 65), Darren Cockrill, Plaskett, Godbold, Dale Cockrill, Stock, McGee, Hunn (sub Hough 60). Subs (not used): Saunders, Williams.

Attendance: 598.

AFC Sudbury 1, Lowestoft Town 1

LOWESTOFT Town's progress into the next round of the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON was halted by a Sudbury equaliser five minutes from time on Saturday.

Neil Plaskett returned to the centre of defence in place of the injured Matty Potter.

Lowestoft made a dream start by taking the lead with just 94 seconds gone. Carl Poppy won the ball on the halfway line and played it to Jamie Godbold. He in turn found Russell Stock who set Dale Cockrill free in the inside left channel to clip the ball past Jones in the home goal.

In the blazing heat, Sudbury enjoyed more of the possession in the second half without unduly troubling the Blues defence.

One time that Andy Reynolds was beaten by a chipped ball Poppy was on hand to head off the line.

Richard Woodrow's shrewd through ball picked out McGee's run but the striker scuffed his shot wide.

As the game entered the final quarter Sudbury started to press desperately for an equalising goal which finally arrived five minutes from the end. A corner from the right eventually fell to Blackwell who shot low through a crowded penalty area into the net.

Lowestoft immediately thought they had restored their lead as McGee found Godbold who went past two defenders and shot from 12 yards only to see keeper Jones make a superb save to turn the ball around the post.

Man of the Match: Carl Poppy

Town: Reynolds, Poppy, Jack Marsden, Woodrow, Darren Cockrill, Plaskett, Godbold, Dale Cockrill, Stock (sub Hough 77), McGee, Hunn (sub King 59). Subs (not used) Blowers, Saunders, Williams.

Terry Lynes

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