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Hard work begins here for Lowestoft FC

PUBLISHED: 12:23 09 July 2010 | UPDATED: 21:52 01 August 2010

JUST two-and-a-half months on from being lauded at Crown Meadow as Ryman League Division One North champions, the players and management of Lowestoft Town FC will return to the pitch tomorrow to launch their new campaign.

JUST two-and-a-half months on from being lauded at Crown Meadow as Ryman League Division One North champions, the players and management of Lowestoft Town FC will return to the pitch tomorrow to launch their new campaign.

And ahead of the new season in the Ryman Premier League, The Blues will reward the fervent Trawler Boys with free entry for their first pre-season home match against Leiston tomorrow.

With pre-season training, under the watchful eyes of Dave Carolan, Craig Fleming and joint bosses Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher having only started last week, it is a quick turnaround for The Blues as they embark on the new season.

And it has been all-systems-go on and off the pitch in a “busy” past few weeks, as the club prepare for life in another new league by signing on almost all of last season's squad and adding one player thus far in Curtis Haynes-Brown.

But with talks ongoing with other new recruits, the only possible departure from last season's squad could be striker Gary McGee who was described as “unlikely to be re-signing,” according to a club spokesman this week.

Gearing up for all the action, Lowestoft chairman Gary Keyzor is looking forward to the season ahead. “We are definitely in the Ryman Premier and fixtures should be released on July 14 - we can't wait!” he told The Journal.

Yesterday, attentions turned to the FA Cup, with the Blues - after their stunning run to the first round proper - exempt from the early matches that were drawn out at FA headquarters.

Lowestoft have been pitted with a first round qualifying tie against the winners of either March Town United, Gorleston, Rothwell Town or Desborough Town in the match to be played on September 11.

In the FA Carlsberg Trophy draw, Lowestoft will enter the competition at the first round qualifying stage on Saturday, October 16 when they could face an all-Suffolk showdown.

For The Blues have been drawn to play the winners of the Needham Market or Hitchin Town tie.

Over the Bascule Bridge, Kirkley & Pakefield - who have been rumoured as a possible destination for McGee should he leave Crown Meadow - have been drawn against Wellingborough Town in the FA Cup extra preliminary round tie on August 14.

If successful here, they will then entertain the winners of the Haverhill Rovers or Hadleigh United tie at Walmer Road on August 28.

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