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PUBLISHED: 12:14 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:17 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town 4, Walsham le Willows 0



LOWESTOFT'S final home match of the season saw the Crown Meadow faithful treated to a fine first-half display of attacking football, conjuring up four goals in 36 minutes against a Walsham side that offered very little.

Lowestoft Town 4, Walsham le Willows 0

LOWESTOFT'S final home match of the season saw the Crown Meadow faithful treated to a fine first-half display of attacking football, conjuring up four goals in 36 minutes against a Walsham side that offered very little.

A sublime Jamie Godbold double set the Blues on the road to victory, and the winger could even afford to miss a penalty that would have completed his hat-trick, such was Town's domination, writes Luke Stockdale.

Andy Reynolds was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up in one of four changes from Tuesday's victory against Wisbech, with the goalkeeper completing 34 minutes in a planned move to enhance the goalkeeper's chance of reaching match fitness for the FA Vase Final that is now only two weeks away.

Lowestoft started very brightly, and the irrepressible Godbold strode forward to rattle the Willows' crossbar after only two minutes from 20 yards.

However, the Blues' talisman was not to be denied six minutes later when his bullet strike found the top right-hand corner after Reece Hunn's inswinging corner was fisted away by keeper Kevin Bugg.

The hosts had found a certain swagger, harassing their opponents and hungry to close down at every opportunity - the visitors were unable to get out of their own half in one five-minute period.

Darren Cockrill saw a couple of chances go begging before Town doubled their advantage when Godbold's trademark mazy run saw him beat two defenders and place a magnificent left-footed strike beyond the helpless Bugg.

Godbold's chance to claim the matchball came only a minute later when Ally McKenna was scythed down inside the penalty area by Trevor Newman, but the resulting spot kick cannoned back off the post and Bradley Hough was unable to tuck the rebound away.

McKenna himself was unlucky not to make it three as he beat Neil Gooderham to Carl Poppy's cute centre, only to slide the ball the wrong side of Bugg's left-hand post.

It was game, set and match Lowestoft on 32 minutes when a fantastic free-flowing passing move culminated in Richard Woodrow's delivery finding the deft footwork of Darren Cockrill, and the big man coolly slotted home for his eighth of the season.

Walsham were being relentlessly ripped apart, and three became four soon after when Hunn's switchplay from left to right found Hough cutting in from the right, and his low drive was emphatically put into his own net by defender Nathan Clarke to compound the visitors' miserable half.

With the game already won, Town relaxed considerably for the second half and the match deteriorated as a spectacle. Half-chances fell to Hunn and Darren Cockrill in a scrappy period, which was disappointing considering the bonanza the crowd had witnessed earlier.

The full-time whistle couldn't come soon enough for the visitors, with Lowestoft recording their third consecutive league win for the first time this season.

MoM: Jamie Godbold.

Lowestoft Town: A Reynolds (A Rix 34), C Poppy, Dale Cockrill, R Woodrow, M Saunders (J Pike 72), N Plaskett, J Godbold (R King 54), Darren Cockrill, A McKenna, B Hough, R Hunn. Subs (not used): R Bloomfield, G Williams.

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