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King crowns it

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town 2, Leiston 1

THE Ridgeons League clash of the titans ended in Lowestoft's favour with the Blues victory smashing Leiston's unbeaten record in front of a bumper 672 crowd.

Lowestoft Town 2, Leiston 1

THE Ridgeons League clash of the titans ended in Lowestoft's favour with the Blues victory smashing Leiston's unbeaten record in front of a bumper 672 crowd.

Marcus Saunders returned to the starting line up in place of the injured Neil Plaskett.

The odds swung dramatically into Lowestoft's favour as early as the third minute with Leiston reduced to 10 men with keeper Jamie Stannard sent off for handling the ball outside the area to stop Ally McKenna's forward run, Chris Sillett taking over the keeper's jersey.

Despite their man advantage the Blues were finding it difficult to prise open the solid Leiston defence who were demonstrating why they had conceded just one goal all season.

With the game looking like reaching the interval goalless the game suddenly produced two goals in the final three minutes of the half.

In the 42nd minute Leiston took the lead when Andy Reynolds kicked clearance only reached Cunningham who, seeing the keeper off his line, lobbed the ball back over his head into the net.

Two minutes later the Blues were level as Ally McKenna raced into the area past two defenders before slotting the ball home.

The Blues looked more threatening in the early stages of the second half with a cross from the left headed back across goal by McKenna but Goldfinch conceded a corner to avert the danger.

The winning goal finally arrived with five minutes to play. Hough made ground down the right and crossed into the area. Stock touched the ball on to Ross King who neatly clipped the ball past his marker before shooting home for the edge of the penalty area.

MoM: Carl Poppy.

Match sponsor: LTFC Supporters Club; Matchball sponsor: DRIVES 4U.

Town: Reynolds, Poppy, Jack Marsden, Woodrow, Saunders, Darren Cockrill, Godbold, Dale Cockrill (sub Lewis 89), Stock, McKenna (sub King 75), Hunn (sub Hough 59). Subs (not used): Blowers, Lovelock.

Stanway Rovers 0, Lowestoft Town 1

LOWESTOFT moved to the top of the Premier Division with a hard earned three points at Stanway Rovers on Saturday.

Carl Poppy was making his 300th appearance for the Blues who were without the injured Gary McGee and unavailable Ross King, as Ally McKenna returned to the starting line up.

The game started with the home side posing the questions and there was an early blow for the Blues with Neil Plaskett limping off after just 12 minutes to be replaced by Marcus Saunders.

It was home keeper Church who was first called into serious action as he turned an Ally McKenna drive round the post after Andy Reynolds accurate distribution was taken on by Russell Stock and Jamie Godbold.

There was an early scare for Lowestoft at the start of the second half as Reynolds failed to cut out a cross from the left and Sam Newson volleyed into the side netting.

Lowestoft finally broke the deadlock in the 57th minute with a flowing move down the right saw the ball moved from Poppy to Stock to McKenna and finally to Godbold who hit the ball past Church from 12 yards.

Stanway were reduced to 10 men in the 73rd minute with Harewood dismissed for his second yellow card after a rash tackle from behind on Godbold.

The final chance of the game fell to Bradley Hough whose well struck shot cannoned out of the legs of Church.

MoM: Jack Marsden.

Town: Reynolds, Poppy (sub Blowers 82), Jack Marsden, Woodrow, Darren Cockrill, Plaskett (sub Saunders 12), Godbold, Dale Cockrill, Stock, McKenna (sub Hough 86), Hunn.

Terry Lynes

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