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Fluke winner seals Lowestoft's fate

PUBLISHED: 09:24 10 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:09 06 July 2010

GOALKEEPER Andy Reynolds says Lowestoft Town should be aiming high after proving their quality in the FA Cup this season.

Reynolds was beaten by a fluke 88th minute winner from Wrexham's Gareth Taylor in the sides' first round clash at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday, which was enough to end the Blues tremendous cup run.

GOALKEEPER Andy Reynolds says Lowestoft Town should be aiming high after proving their quality in the FA Cup this season.

Reynolds was beaten by a fluke 88th minute winner from Wrexham's Gareth Taylor in the sides' first round clash at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday, which was enough to end the Blues tremendous cup run.

But the stopper says Town have shown enough ability along the way to believe they can mix it in league football with the likes of the Blue Square Premier side.

They were equal to Red Dragons' for almost the entire game until Taylor's unwitting intervention broke Lowestoft hearts.

“Losing any game is difficult, but when you come with a game plan and do it for 88 minutes, to be undone by a deflected goal is gutting,” said Reynolds, who was wrong-footed when Lamine Sakho's header hit Taylor on the back before dribbling in.

“At the end of the day I think we've given a good account of ourselves and we leave knowing that we can come to this level of football and hold our own so that's now got to be the target for this club.

“We'd done our homework and knew what to expect and set out accordingly with our game plan. It worked for 88 minutes and they got fortunate.

“For a club of our size compared to a club of their size, that really on paper shouldn't happen. But it has and now the club has to set out with the ambition to be as big as Wrexham, if not bigger, and off we go.

“You set off on a journey at the start of this competition knowing you're never going to win it as a non-league club. But you want to give a good account of yourselves and play the biggest club's possible.

“When we got drawn against Wrexham, people would have preferred Norwich possibly, but nonetheless they're a big club with a lot of history. We came here, did a professional job and left with a narrow defeat.”

And Reynolds says he could do nothing about Saturday's cruel winner.

“It was a soft free-kick,” he said. “They put the ball into the area like we knew they would and the big lad has headed and it's going back across goal so I've shifted left and it's come of the back of someone's head and gone the other way.

“You're clutching as a goalkeeper in those sorts of instances. There's not a lot you can do.

“If it happened earlier in the game maybe we could have thrown a bit more caution to the wind. But as it happens, there you go.”

There was a paltry crowd of just over 2,400 at the Racecourse, with around 400 of those fans all the way from Lowestoft.

And Reynolds was delighted with the Trawler Boys' support, which was far noisier and enthusiastic than the home fans.

“Then fans came here to enjoy the day and enjoy the performance and hopefully we've sent them home, on a long journey, happy,” he said.

“From where I stood in the second half, I was surrounded by Wrexham fans and could just hear them moaning and groaning.

“To hear our fans staying positive throughout, even when the goal was scored, is fantastic.

“We're really pleased they made the journey, and hopefully they got value for money.”

Reynolds and Lowestoft return to action tonight (Tuesday) when they host Ilford Town in the Ryman League Cup second round.

Kick-off at Crown Meadow is at 7.45pm.


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