LOWESTOFT FC: Great way to clinch title
CHAPPO'S CORNERWHAT a way to do it!There was a lot of build-up to the game against Cheshunt and understandably so because we knew we needed the point to secure the title.
WHAT a way to do it!
There was a lot of build-up to the game against Cheshunt and understandably so because we knew we needed the point to secure the title.
We've always said winning the league title is a marathon not a sprint so a lot of hard-work had gone in, in all areas of the club, to put us in that position.
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We approached the game in the same way as every other - by going out to win - and Saturday was no different.
We were hoping for a big crowd and the fans turned out in their droves and what a fantastic crowd and the boys performed in the way we wanted them to.
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The lads turned on the style in the first half and ripped them apart. Going forward we were superb and defensively we were absolutely solid.
Some of the football at times was different class. It was really pleasing to go in half-time at 4-0 up with a Gary McGee hat-trick. It was nice for him, a local lad who has been at the club a long time, to get a 20-minute hat-trick.
Credit to all the lads but Gary's a goalscorer and Jamie Godbold chipped in with one as well.
The message at half-time was to just keep it going although it's hard to maintain that level of performance for 90 minutes. We got a great goal from Joe Francis for 5-0 but all credit to Cheshunt and they got a deserved consolation.
We were absolutely fantastic all game and it was a great day for us.
The fans sang their hearts out and it was a party atmosphere and we're champions.
It's superb and the boys deserve all the plaudits they get.
But it's a team effort, there's so much going on behind the scenes and everyone involved with Lowestoft Town has been tremendous and pulled together.
We had another game on Tuesday to contend with against Enfield. We mixed the team up because one or two of the boys went out on Saturday, with our blessing, and did a bit of celebrating!
We brought in other players and they responded and did fantastically well for us, like Matty Potter who was man of the match in our eyes and a young lad like Joe Clark who started up front and did excellent for us.
The boys did really well and worked really hard. It was always going to be tough after Saturday, but it was end-to-end stuff.
It wasn't a boring 0-0 - far from it.
Both keepers played well on the night and made some crucial saves. Overall, it was a solid performance but disappointing we couldn't get on the scoresheet, but on the night it was a far result.
We've got three games left now and it would be great to get to the 100-point mark. But over the next few games we're starting to plan for next season and will be looking at one or two players.
That's more important than reaching the 100 points and we need to mix it up at the right time.
We go to Wingate & Finchley tomorrow. It'll be tough. They're a good side and they're in the play-off positions. We're looking forward to it and we're going there as champions!
Micky Chapman was speaking to Jonathan Redhead