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Defeat cuts Blues' lead

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:09 05 July 2010

THE top of the table clash with Leiston produced the expected closely fought contest, which was eventually won by the home side 3-1 to cut Lowestoft's lead at the top of the table to eight points.

THE top of the table clash with Leiston produced the expected closely fought contest, which was eventually won by the home side 3-1 to cut Lowestoft's lead at the top of the table to eight points.

Bradley Hough replaced the unavailable Jamie Godbold as the only change to the Blues' starting line-up.

Leiston threatened in the opening minute with Rowe exchanging passes with McGlone to run at goal but he screwed his shot wide of the far post. The game then settled into an even predominantly midfield contest with both defences looking sound until the Blues broke the deadlock in the 17th minute.

Ross King's second corner was headed out but only to Damian Hilton standing some 30 yards out who volleyed the ball back into the top corner.

Leiston responded by pressing Lowestoft back and from a Sillett cross Lowe headed wide at the far post. A free-kick into the danger zone saw Rowe hook the ball goalwards for Andy Reynolds to dive superbly to his left to save one-handed.

Leiston deservedly drew level in the 28th minute with Saker crossing from the left for Sillett to loop a header beyond Reynolds and into the net via the inside of the post. Leiston moved ahead on the stroke of half-time with Boardley unleashing a venomous drive from 30 yards, which Reynolds could only help into the roof of the net.

The second half started like the first with Leiston close to adding to the score with a Saker volley just clearing the bar.

As the half proceeded the Blues enjoyed the major share of possession as they strove for an equaliser. King saw his 20-yard effort held by Stannard who also saved with his legs from Gary McGee's shot on the turn after the striker had been picked out by Hilton's excellent pass.

Darren Cockrill moved forward to join the attack and fed McGee, who just cleared the bar. Despite the mounting pressure the Leiston defence continued to look solid and they sealed their victory six minutes from the end with McGlone benefiting from a slip in the Blues defence to shoot past Reynolds - the ball again entering the net off the inside of the post.

MoM: Damian Hilton.

Team: Reynolds, Blowers, Jack Marsden, Woodrow, Hilton, Darren Cockrill, Hough (sub Dale Cockrill 66), King, Stock, McGee, Hunn. Subs (not used): Stokeld, McKenna, Herbert, Attridge.

Terry Lynes


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