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Crown Meadow thriller

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

Lowestoft Town FC club notes by Terry Lynes

WHAT a game!!

Seven goals, two sendings off, a missed penalty, enough goalmouth incident and missed chances to last a lifetime and a comeback from 1-3 down with eight minutes left to win in extra time.

Lowestoft Town FC club notes by Terry Lynes

WHAT a game!!

Seven goals, two sendings off, a missed penalty, enough goalmouth incident and missed chances to last a lifetime and a comeback from 1-3 down with eight minutes left to win in extra time.

The FA Vase fifth round tie had everything, encompassing the whole range of emotions.

The game was preceded by an impeccably observed minutes silence for Nanna Barbara as players of both sides and spectators paid tribute to the memory of a wonderful lady.

At the end of an emotional afternoon for him, Micky Chapman was close to tears as he was embraced by the vocal Trawlerboys who chanted their own special tribute to his Nanna.

On the pitch the Blues showed the resilience, commitment, determination and desire, allied to their undoubted ability and never say die spirit to eventually claim their place in the quarter finals.

The Blues are now at home to Bideford in the quarter finals next Saturday, February 28.

This means that the scheduled Ridgeons League fixture at home to CRC will have to be re-dated.

Before that though, Lowestoft have a further six Ridgeons League points to play for with successive games away to Kings Lynn Reserves tomorrow (Saturday) and at home to Norwich United next Tuesday.

Although these games look far less attractive than the thrills of the FA Vase, the management team and players know that they are no less important as the Blues try to strengthen their position at the top of the table. On the player front Bradley Hough made a comeback for the Reserves against Gorleston Reserves on Tuesday evening for 70 minutes before being replaced by Henry Wyndham.

It was a much more experienced side that took the field with players needing match practice after being idle for several weeks.

The Town won the game by the odd goal of five with goals from Carl Poppy, Ally McKenna and Ross King.

The Reserves also face two league games in the forthcoming week.

Tomorrow afternoon they are at home to Felixstowe & Walton United and then next Wednesday visit Walsham-le-Willows.

The Youth team's visits to Cromer Town Youth last week and Dereham Town Youths this week both fell foul of unfit pitches and they are again idle next week being the odd team out. They are now facing a backlog of fixtures, which will see them faced with two games a week in the near future.

The Under 17 side were 14-1 victors over Hemsby last Sunday with goals from Christy Finch (6), Andy Stacey (3), Matthew Gauci, Ryan Stephenson, Shane Risby, Owen Smith and Ross Ayers.

The Under 17s too have no game this weekend.

Lowestoft Town had a new loan signing for their FA Vase triumph in the shape of mascot Roary the Wildcat.

Chairman Gary Keysor managed to secure the mascot from Waveney Youth Football club for the match against Hungerford.

Waveney Youth would like to thanks sponsors Petrogramme for supplying Roary with a kit, Gery Keysor and the staff at LTFC.

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