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Lowestoft Town give Ipswich youngsters good run for money

PUBLISHED: 06:01 26 July 2019

Lowestoft Town manager Jamie Godbold Picture: SHIRLEY D WHITLOW

Lowestoft Town manager Jamie Godbold Picture: SHIRLEY D WHITLOW

Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft Town gave a visiting Ipswich Town Under-23 side an excellent run for their money on Wednesday evening before going down 2-1 in a pre-season friendly.

The Trawlerboys recovered from the shock of conceding an early goal to give a good account of themselves at Crown Meadow and deservedly equalised early in the second half through Jake Reed before Town quickly regained the lead.

The visitors were ahead inside three minutes when a quick counter-attack ended with Harrison Myring beating Luis Tibbles, who then made a good save to foil Lounes Fondil.

But Lowestoft gradually got into their stride, with Reed seeing a good effort come back off the woodwork in the 34th minute and sending a shot just wide five minutes later.

Reed got the hosts back on level terms on 50 minutes with a fine finish, but six minutes later it was 2-1 to the Town youngsters as Aaron Drinan rounded off a swift break with a neat finish.

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Jamie Godbold's side twice went close to equalising again, with a Reed effort being blocked and a Jack Wilkinson free-kick hitting the bar, but Ipswich took the win.

Lowestoft: Tibbles, Cole, J Wilknson, Trialist, Jarvis, Deeks, Zielonka, Fisk, Reed, Bammant, M Wilkinson. Subs: Tann, Godbold and three trialists.

The Trawlerboys were given a good work-out at Brightlingsea Regent last Saturday before emerging with a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

The winning goal came in the 32nd minute, with Andrew Fiske netting after good work by one of the four triallists on show.

It was a game that ended on a sour note, with a Lowestoft player seeing red for his protests after an appeal for a penalty was turned down.

Jamie Godbold's side welcome Bowers and Pitsea to Crown Meadow tomorrow before travelling to Gorleston on Tuesday evening and then completing pre-season with a home match against Dereham Town on Saturday week.

The Southern League Premier Central season kicks off on August 10 with a trip to Hednesford.

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