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Double trouble for ten-man Town

PUBLISHED: 10:48 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:27 05 July 2010

ON THE BALL: Richard Woodrow in action for The Blues against Haverhill.

ON THE BALL: Richard Woodrow in action for The Blues against Haverhill.

Lowestoft Town 1, Haverhill Rovers 2

A VERY poor first-half performance saw 10-man Lowestoft succumb to their second consecutive league defeat against high-flying Haverhill, who completed the double over the Blues this season.

Lowestoft Town 1, Haverhill Rovers 2

A VERY poor first-half performance saw 10-man Lowestoft succumb to their second consecutive league defeat against high-flying Haverhill, who completed the double over the Blues this season.

Russell Stock's 38-minute dismissal proved costly as Town could not find their way back from two goals down at half time, despite a gallant second half display, writes Luke Stockdale.

The home side welcomed back the influential Stock and Richard Woodrow after both had missed the last two games, with Dale Smith also included for his first league start of the season.

Both sides were evenly matched in the opening minutes, with Andy Reynolds having to tip a fifth minute cross from Joe Harvey onto the crossbar, with Carl Poppy completing the clearance before a Rovers forward could pounce.

Haverhill grew in stature, and Adam Ben-Saud had his header cleared off the line by Jamie Godbold before Marcus Hunt went in high on the winger in his desperate attempt to turn the ball into the net; the visitors' captain being booked for his troubles.

Ben-Saud did have the ball in the net on 24 minutes but it was ruled out for offside before the away side struck three minutes later. The unmarked Gareth Thomas stole in at the back post to meet Jamie Thurlbourne's inswinging corner to give Reynolds no chance and Haverhill a deserved lead.

The Blues were unable to reply, and the visitors doubled their advantage when captain Hunt went down following another Thurlbourne corner, and referee Glenn Hambling pointed to the spot, showing Stock the red card for violent conduct. Hunt himself stepped up to confidently strike the spot kick past Reynolds and give Rovers an impressive half time lead.

Matty Potter replaced Bradley Hough at the interval, as Town switched to three at the back, with Darren Cockrill sitting just in front. It had a positive effect as Lowestoft came out a much better side, and Woodrow saw a volley fly wide five minutes into the half.

The hosts eventually pulled a goal back on 57 minutes when Woodrow's fine pass fed Godbold down the left, and his low pull back was met by the arriving Poppy to strike under Arron Benstead for his second of the season.

Despite the lift, Town could not muster another clear chance, and Haverhill could have grabbed another when Harvey couldn't find the empty net after Reynolds had gone walkabout, and Ben-Saud struck just wide when well placed.

Cockrill struck a curler just wide in injury time but it proved to little, too late for Lowestoft as Rovers recorded a fine and deserved win.

MoM: Carl Poppy.

Lowestoft Town: A Reynolds, C Poppy, D Smith, R Woodrow (G Williams 85), M Saunders, D Cockrill, J Godbold, R Hunn, R Stock, G McGee (A McKenna 61), B Hough (M Potter 46). Sub (not used): R Bloomfield.

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