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Lowestoft Town ready for crunch match

PUBLISHED: 08:08 08 October 2010

Scott Mitchell fires home against Wealdstone last weekend.

Scott Mitchell fires home against Wealdstone last weekend.

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A WIN away at Wealdstone followed by a point at home to Canvey Island has seen the Blues move to the top of the Ryman League Premier Division table just days before their top-of-the-table clash against Sutton United at the Crown Meadow on Saturday.

A third side, Kingstonian, also share 22 points with the top two but with an inferior goal difference. Sutton also have the advantage of having a game in hand over the Blues.

Sutton United have in days gone by been one of the top non league sides in the country and have some notable scalps under their belts in the FA Cup including top flight Coventry City in front of the TV cameras.

They were relegated from the Blue Square Conference in 2008 but attempts to regain their former status fell in play off defeats in their two previous seasons in the Ryman League.

With another international break reducing the Football League programme this weekend the Blues are expecting their first four figure gate of the season with spectators urged to arrive early to avoid congestion prior to kick off.

New signing Adrian Forbes was included on the bench last Saturday at Wealdstone and entered the fray to mark his debut with the Blues second goal that clinched the three points.

Earlier Scott Mitchell had put the Blues ahead. At the other end of the pitch Andy Reynolds kept a clean sheet on his 300th appearance for the club.

It was a different story on Tuesday though as the Blues were on the back foot for much of the game against Canvey Island.

Lee McGlone scored the Blues’ goal in the opening half with Canvey Island equalising early in the second period.

The Blues travel to Leiston in the LB Suffolk Premier Cup on Wednesday evening.

Christy Finch hit five goals as the Town reserves defeated Diss Town reserves on Saturday 6-0. However due to an administrative slip the Blues fielded an ineligible player in David Chick who netted the other goal so the game will have to be replayed later in the season. Tomorrow the Reserves are away to Whitton United Reserves.

The Youth team surrendered bragging rights to Kirkley & Pakefield Youth in their first meeting of the season with the South Lowestoft side winning 2-5. Connor Borrett and Calvin Vincent were the Town’s scorers. On Wednesday evening they were knocked out of the F A Youth Cup 1-4 by a very good Newmarket Town Youth.

Connor Borrett was the Town’s scorer. They have no fixture next week.

The U16s crashed to a 1-5 defeat away to Gorleston Rangers last Sunday with their solitary goal netted by Jamie Burrell. This Sunday their scheduled fixture against Burrage Centurions has been postponed. The U15s maintained their 100 per cent record with a 5-1 victory away to Blundeston Rangers. Connor Ruffy hit two goals to take his total to 10 for the season proper with the others coming from Lewis Chenery, Charlie Ball and Jason Spurgeon. They are away again this Sunday at Gorleston.

Terry Lynes

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