Crown Meadow ready for Vase challenge

Lowestoft Town Club Notes by Terry LynesThe Blues FA Carlsberg Vase adventure continues tomorrow afternoon with the visit of Witney United to the Meadow in the fourth Round with both sides striving to reach the last 16.

Lowestoft Town Club Notes by Terry Lynes

The Blues FA Carlsberg Vase adventure continues tomorrow afternoon with the visit of Witney United to the Meadow in the fourth Round with both sides striving to reach the last 16.

Lowestoft's management team have no illusions about the task in front of them and they are again hoping for a large turn out of fans to help them on their way.

There are no easy ties left in the competition at this stage and Witney's record this season confirms that they will be formidable opponents. Amongst their ranks is Ben Thompson who was a prolific scorer for Wroxham before employment took him away from the area.

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Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher will have selection problems to deal with as both Ross King and Jamie Stokeld are starting three match suspensions and Damian Hilton is cup tied.

Marcus Saunders and Neil Plaskett have missed the last few games through injury but may be available, and on the plus side new signing Martin McNeil is not cup tied and could be in line for his Lowestoft debut.

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Matty Potter made his comeback from the injury received at Needham Market back in August when he turned out for the Reserves in Tuesday's Suffolk Reserve Team Cup tie at Debenham but it is too early for him to be considered for tomorrow's tie?

On Tuesday evening it is back to the bread and butter affair of League football when Norwich United are the visitors to the Meadow, kick off 7.45, the game having been postponed a fortnight ago.

In common with virtually all football in the area both Lowestoft fixtures last weekend were postponed due to frozen pitches.

The reserves were finally able to return to action on Tuesday night progressing to the semi finals of the Suffolk Reserve Team Cup with a penalty shoot out victory away to Debenham Leisure Centre Reserves.

Playing only their second game in nine weeks the Blues looked off the pace to begin with and found themselves two goals adrift inside 25 minutes. But with some outstanding performances in all areas of the pitch they took total control of the game to pull back the two goals and eventually win on penalties after a gruelling 120 minutes. Matty Potter lasted 75 minutes in his first outing for five months.

Carl Poppy's hopes of starting his comeback was foiled by last weekend's weather and being cup tied on Tuesday evening but he hopes to turn out for the Reserves tomorrow when Kevin Gook takes his side to Thetford.

The Youth team have similarly been unemployed recently but were due to travel to the Wellesley last Wednesday to take on Gt Yarmouth Town Youth in the Ridgeons Youth League Cup. Having been doubled by the Young Bloaters this season the Town were hoping for better fortunes this time.

Next Wednesday the Youths entertain North Walsham Town Youth in a game being replayed due to the visitors fielding an ineligible player in the original game.

The U17 side are also looking for a return to action on Sunday with an away game against Bohemians.

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