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King is last-gasp hero for Town

PUBLISHED: 12:26 25 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:14 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town 1, Wisbech Town 0



IT was the late, late, late show Ross King's 91st-minute strike rescued all three points for Lowestoft who created from first to last and were a bit unfortunate to stare 0-0 in the face for so long.

Lowestoft Town 1, Wisbech Town 0

IT was the late, late, late show Ross King's 91st-minute strike rescued all three points for Lowestoft who created from first to last and were a bit unfortunate to stare 0-0 in the face for so long.

King's seventh goal of the season was what the hosts deserved over the course of the 90 minutes, with the performance certainly encouraging against a youthful but well-organised Wisbech side, writes Luke Stockdale.

Town made four changes from the side that beat Newmarket last week, with Carl Poppy ruled out through suspension and the trio of Bradley Hough, Ally McKenna and Craig Lewis dropping to the bench; Richard Woodrow, Reece Hunn, Jamie Godbold and matchwinner King were their replacements.

The opening ten minutes were somewhat scrappy, with King being denied early on by a good save by goalkeeper Chris Horton following a magnificent 80-yard pass from Darren Cockrill.

The Blues were dealt a blow five minutes later when Gary McGee had to be replaced by McKenna after the marksman had pulled up with a hamstring injury. Despite the setback, Town reverted to 4-4-2 and looked more assured, with the industrious Woodrow and Godbold starting to create.

The Fenmen did have a golden opportunity to open the scoring after only 17 minutes when Paul Cousins rose highest to nod James McManus's corner just wide of the left-hand post. Lowestoft responded almost immediately when Woodrow brought a fine diving save out of Horton, before the keeper flung himself bravely to halt Godbold's rebound.

It was then the impressive Ryan Bloomfield's turn to sting the hands of Horton before Woodrow's movement saw his low drive fly across goal to evade everyone lurking inside the six-yard box. It was proving to be one of those nights.

Horton was in inspired form, and it was McKenna left to rue his chance on this occasion when his header was gathered out of danger, with Godbold then chancing his arm with an audacious 35-yard effort that was dealt with as the half drew to a close.

There was a wake-up call for the Blues at the start of the second half when the nimble William Smith broke to round Adam Rix, but could only plant his effort into the side netting as Marcus Saunders covered.

Woodrow and Neil Plaskett both saw chances go begging as Town's possession escalated, and despite the huffing and puffing, it seemed that the game was destined for a goalless draw as the final 20 minutes were entered.

The hosts' succession of corners proved to be fruitless, and substitute Hough saw a powerful cross/shot saved by Horton.

McManus could have won it for the visitors eight minutes from the end as his 25-yard bullet shook the Lowestoft crossbar with Rix well beaten, but the Blues continued to press and were rewarded in injury time when Plaskett's long throw was flicked on by Darren Cockrill, and King was on hand to volley home from eight yards.

MoM: Jamie Godbold.

Lowestoft Town: A Rix, N Plaskett, R Bloomfield, R Woodrow, M Saunders, Darren Cockrill, J Godbold, Dale Cockrill (C Lewis 73), G McGee (A McKenna 15), R Hunn (B Hough 73), R King. Sub (not used): J Pike.

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