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Last-gasp Town win another thriller

PUBLISHED: 13:24 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:36 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town 3, CRC 2



A SECOND successive five-goal thriller was served up at Crown Meadow as two late goals saw Lowestoft come from behind to beat CRC.

Lowestoft Town 3, CRC 2

A SECOND successive five-goal thriller was served up at Crown Meadow as two late goals saw Lowestoft come from behind to beat CRC.

Bradley Hough's 11th goal of the season broke the deadlock, and with the Blues finding themselves 2-1 behind with eight minutes to play, cue Richard Woodrow and Jamie Godbold to rescue the home side, despite a very creditable CRC performance, writes Luke Stockdale.

Town could welcome back the tireless Carl Poppy, who missed the FA Vase tie last Saturday through suspension, with Joe Pike, Ally McKenna and Gary McGee all drafted in as well.

It took 11 minutes for either side to muster even a half chance, when Godbold beat Perry Bowe down the left-hand side of the area but his cross-cum-shot was safely gathered by goalkeeper Luke McShane.

Adam Marriott volleyed wide of an open goal from 40 yards after Town keeper Andy Reynolds had raced out of his goal to prevent Brad Hunter from a certain goal, as both sides struggled to find their feet.

Hough drove over before Lowestoft's best chance of the half fell on 27 minutes when a wonderful flowing move culminated in Poppy shooting straight at McShane from ten yards. Town then suffered a blow when the influential Darren Cockrill was then forced off injured four minutes before half time, with Gary Williams replacing him.

Godbold couldn't keep his effort down following a scrappy move to bring a largely uneventful first half to a close, with both sides hoping for more ruthlessness in front of goal after the break.

The Blues showed that killer instinct three minutes into the second half when Godbold's corner from the right hit the somehow hit the crossbar twice following desperate CRC defending, and Hough was on hand to hook in from a yard.

The visitors replied straight away when Sam Cutler raced forward to latch onto a flick-on to finish past Reynolds in confident fashion, before the Cambridge-based side took the lead on 56 minutes when Piers Wixon's low cross was turned in from close range by Marriott as the Town defence stood motionless.

Lowestoft seemed to lack invention, and CRC dominated possession and always looked dangerous on the break. Wixon and Marriott both had chances to seal the win, as Town stood frustrated about their lead disappearing so quickly.

A lifeline for the hosts came on 82 minutes when the lively Williams was upended just inside the penalty area by Calvin Dinsley, and referee Andy Symonds awarded a somewhat controversial penalty. Woodrow stepped up to strike past McShane - just - to level the scores.

The superb Poppy came within an ace away of a winner three minutes later when his low shot cannoned back off the foot of the post, before Town's frantic persistence paid off two minutes before the end when Williams's deep cross was hooked back in by Hough, and Godbold was on hand to calmly slot home to win it.

MoM: Carl Poppy.

Match Sponsors: Ridgeons Ltd.

Matchball Sponsors: www.canarycorner.net.

Team: A Reynolds, C Poppy, J Pike, R Woodrow, M Saunders, N Plaskett (M Potter 76), J Godbold, D Cockrill (G Williams 41), A McKenna (R Stock 68), G McGee, B Hough.

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