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Get set for another manic Monday

PUBLISHED: 09:36 10 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:51 06 July 2010

HUNDREDS of football fans are expected to converge on the town once more next week for a late Easter treat.

The eagerly-awaited local derby between the town's top two teams is set to take centre stage at Walmer Road as a High Noon showdown between Kirkley and Pakefield and Lowestoft provides a bank holiday bonanza.

HUNDREDS of football fans are expected to converge on the town once more next week for a late Easter treat.

The eagerly-awaited local derby between the town's top two teams is set to take centre stage at Walmer Road as a High Noon showdown between Kirkley and Pakefield and Lowestoft provides a bank holiday bonanza.

And after a sell-out crowd watched The Blues narrowly bow out of the FA Vase on aggregate to Whitley Bay last Saturday, it is hoped that a “full house” will turn out next Monday in south Lowestoft.

Billed as clash between the Royal cavalry and the Trawler Boys fleet, Monday's match between former teammates and school-friends will be spiced-up by this potentially being a crucial clash for The Blues and a real case of firsts and lasts.

With it being K&P's last home game of the season and Nick Shorten's last home game in charge of the Walmer Road outfit after almost a decade, it could also be the last time these two sides meet in the Ridgeons League - with the Blues in pole position to move up the non-league football ladder.

And hitting the back of the net with a four-goal salvo, this game is being sponsored by The Lowestoft Journal for the first time.

Adding to the importance of this clash, it could prove to be a monumental Easter weekend for Lowestoft Town.

With Micky Chapman's men intent on bouncing back from their Vase disappointment to lift the Ridgeons League title and Suffolk Premier Cup at Portman Road later this month, six points are all that The Blues need to secure the first part of a double.

Two wins over Easter will therefore see Lowestoft crowned as champions….with victory over Stanway at Crown Meadow tomorrow and a title-clinching three points at their near neighbours the goal!

And speaking exclusively to The Journal yesterday joint Blues boss Micky Chapman said: “We've seven league games and one cup final to play for and we're keen to make sure that for all the hard work that's been put into this season we get out what we deserve - and that's trophies.”

Speaking ahead of the “massive occasion” next Monday, Chapman admitted it will be another tough test. “We know what we have to do and what we need from these last seven games to achieve what we want to achieve. Monday will be another big occasion for the town and I am sure there will be a massive crowd up there on what is a mouth-watering occasion for local football.”

With nearest rivals Leiston and CRC both suffering midweek league defeats, The Blues just need maximum points from their next two games to win the league again.

And Chapman said: “We have another exciting week ahead of us with still so much to play for.”

For sixth-placed K&P, The Royals are intent on finishing the season in style with five league games still to play. After producing a “a Royal Performance of character and grit” - according to commercial manager Dave Woodruff - last Saturday as K&P beat Tiptree 3-2, the southsiders are looking forward to the derby match.

“It is now only three days to our High Noon showdown with our rivals over the bridge and the Royal Cavalry are all up for it - so we can look forward to a full house and a good match,” Woodruff said.

“Tickets are still available for our last home match of the season - The Shootout at the KP Corrall - costing £5 for adults, £3 for senior citizens and £1 for children.”

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