Lowestoft's Jamie Forshaw has faith in Blues
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Striker Jamie Forshaw is confident Lowestoft Town will book a Ryman Premier Division play-off place, as the race for promotion to the Conference goes down to the wire.
A win at relegated Folkestone on Saturday would secure Town’s berth in only their first season at step three, while home advantage for the teams finishing second and third also provides plenty of incentive.
But following Lowestoft’s painful 1-0 defeat to Suffolk rivals Bury Town on Monday, a host of clubs will go into the final weekend of the regular season harbouring hopes of an extended campaign – a fact not lost on Forshaw.
“It is a shoot-out and we know how important it is,” said the striker. “We know the fact is that if we go to Folkestone and win we are in the play-offs.If not, who knows what happens. But we are still confident, even though we lost to Bury, that we can go to Folkestone and get three points.
“The defence has been really good. Andy Reynolds in goal has been good too. We had kept six clean sheets in a row before Monday and we can only go there confident.
“And they are relegated too, Folkestone – they are not going to have too much confidence going into it. So hopefully all the fans can come back here next week and we can do it all over again in the play-offs.
“You don’t want this to be the last home game of the season. You can all see how disappointed we are, but we are looking forward to the play-offs. It’s going to be a task but it’s the most exciting way to go up, I suppose.”
Forshaw’s brace in Saturday’s 3-0 win at Margate demonstrated his renewed confidence as the season comes to an end – one which has seen the Blues have to deal with more than their fair share of injuries.
“I’m feeling confident,” added Forshaw. “I scored two last week and I think I’ve been playing much better in training. I put it down to the lads really. Everyone has been in and out of the team all season, but they have all been great.
“I have just been working hard off the pitch as well as in the gym and it’s starting to pay off, but hopefully I can go down to Folkestone and get a few more goals.
“It interrupts it a bit when there is never the same 11 on the field. But we have got such a good squad, there is depth and people have been coming off the bench and scoring or doing a good job, so we’ve got a good team throughout.”
More than 1,200 fans piled in to Monday’s Crown Meadow derby and Forshaw admitted the defeat hurt.
“It was disappointing; considering how well we have done recently and then to come back on our home pitch and play in front of so many fans, we wanted to win,” added Forshaw.
“I thought we played some good football. All the lads came in afterwards and said how disappointed they were and to lose to Bury, our local rivals, like that is not what we wanted.”