Lowestoft's 'immense' FA Cup win

PUBLISHED: 11:32 28 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:18 06 July 2010

Lowestoft Town 1, Boston United 0

LOWESTOFT Town joint boss Micky Chapman described his players as “absolutely immense” after they booked a place in today's draw for the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Lowestoft Town 1, Boston United 0

LOWESTOFT Town joint boss Micky Chapman described his players as “absolutely immense” after they booked a place in today's draw for the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Jamie Godbold's 63rd minute goal - scored directly from a corner - was enough to sink Unibond League Boston United in front of more than 1,100 at a packed Crown Meadow.

And after knocking out the former Football League side who play a division higher than the Blues, Chapman said he does not care who his team are paired with in the next round when the draw takes place at 1pm today.

However, The Trawler Boys manager is hoping for another tie at the Meadow in front of the Blues fanatical fans.

“For the first 20 minutes they dominated,” Chapman said.

“It took us that long to get into the pace of the game. We struggled to get to grips, but after that the last 25 minutes of the half we were right on it, we more than matched them and caused them problems.

At half time we knew we were getting to them. The second half we went out and played really well. They always looked dangerous on the break, but defensively we were superb, in midfield we competed all over the park and won our battles and up front we caused them problems all afternoon with Gary McGee and Matty Nolan.

“It was a huge performance all round.”

“Jamie Godbold scored direct from a corner. He was aiming far post to be honest, and the keeper got right under it and it went sailing over his head to the far post. As he backtracked he couldn't reach it and it dropped into the far corner where we had men homing in on it.

“He said he meant and was aiming for exactly that spot!

“We don't care how it went in. The boys were absolutely immense. We're so proud of them. It wasn't individuals it was a team performance all over the park.

“Everyone was together and everyone was together getting the right result. It was fantastic and a really good day for us.”

Not many teams will fancy a trip to the east coast to take on Town in the next round, but Chapman is just happy to have got this far.

“The most important thing was to be in the hat,” he said.

“Now we're in the hat, obviously I think everybody would like a home draw. If it is, then great, if it isn't we're still happy to be in it.

It's a great achievement, to get this far and we want to stay in this competition as long as we can.

“It'd be lovely to get a home tie again because of our supporters. Yet again they came out in their droves and they play such a big part for us.

“Whoever we get it'll be exciting and we'll look forward to it.”

It was Boston who started looking the more dangerous and with 13 minutes on the clock Boston's Jamie Clarke found himself clear as the Blues defence appealed for offside but the Pilgrims striker clipped the ball over keeper Andy Reynolds but wide of a post.

Lowestoft replied with Adam Smith and Matt Nolan combining to create an opening for Jamie Godbold whose shot from the edge of the area curled wide.

Lowestoft were enjoying a spell on top and Andrew Fisk was just wide from the edge of the area but Craig Bussens was high and wide from another opening.

The game though had settled into a mainly midfield affair with neither keeper seriously extended.

Lowestoft started the second half strongly and had penalty appeals turned down as Godbold took a return pass from Smith before falling under the challenge of Dan Cotton.

Richard Woodrow then had a shot charged down by Tom Evans before Lowestoft scored the all-important goal in the 63rd minute.

Smith floated a free-kick into the box which Chris Wood headed over his own bar under challenge from Nolan.

The resultant left wing flag kick saw Godbold's in-swinger bypass everyone to nestle into the far corner of the net.

Lowestoft were buoyant then and Woodrow's 30-yard drive was saved by the diving Evans who then dived bravely to claim the ball at the feet of McGee following Nolan's neat footwork.

Substitutes Ross King and Reece Hunn combined but the latter's cross fell harmlessly over the bar. Another Jamie Godbold corner caused problems in the Boston defence but Matt Nolan's volley hit the side netting.

Lowestoft fans had to endure a nail-biting nine minutes of 'added time' before the final whistle confirmed their entry into the third qualifying round.

Seconds before the final whistle Boston were reduced to 10 men with James Cullingworth sent off for his second bookable offence.

Lowestoft: Reynolds, Plaskett, A Smith, Woodrow, Crane, Halliday, Godbold, Fisk, Nolan (Sub Dale Cockrill 90), McGee (Sub King 86), Bussens (Sub Hunn 66), Subs (not used) Darren Cockrill, Potter, Hilton, T Marsden

Attendance: 1134.

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