Lowestoft Town's finally friendly marred by two red cards
PUBLISHED: 06:25 11 August 2017
Lowestoft lost a feisty affair against King's Lynn Town by a single goal on Saturday to close out their pre-season campaign at the Amber Dew Events Stadium.
Fraser Blake-Tracy and Ryan Jarvis returned to oppose the team they played for last season but it was Chris Parker who fired home a superb shot to settle the game in the second half.
After two consecutive games without scoring, the Trawlerboys looked keen to grab an early goal and went close when Travis Cole’s long distance strike was spilled by goalkeeper Alex Street. He then reacted quickly to block Shaun Bammant’s follow-up to prevent an opener.
Lynn then had their big chance to take an early lead as Jarvis played Leon Mettam into a good angle on goal. only for Ben Dudzinski to make himself big for the save.
A lively start continued as Declan Daniels rose highest from a Jacek Zielonka free-kick to produce a firm header and the stranded Street would have been delighted to see the ball fall down into his arms.
Towards the end of the first half chances were hard to come by but the opposite could be said for yellow cards, with words and challenges being sprayed around, Humphrey and Daniels those being penalised for Lowestoft.
Similar to the previous Friday’s goalless draw against with Braintree Town, the rain poured down in the second half and it was of no help to the game.
Bammant produced a glimpse of what was to come, tussling with a King’s Lynn defender and picking up a yellow card, before the visitors nabbed the winner through Parker’s thunderbolt.
It may have been what the game needed because the atmosphere certainly livened up after that, so much so that the rare event of a friendly match red card would arise for both sides. Ryan Fryatt flung an elbow at Bammant who retaliated with a kick and both left the field for an early bath.
It was a scrappy game which could have gone either way, marred by a lack of discipline from both teams.
Lowestoft must now pick themselves up for their competitive opener at Leatherhead tomorrow and can then look forward to Billericay’s trip to the Amber Dew Events Stadium on Tuesday evening (7.45pm) where ex-Premier League stars Paul Konchesky, Jamie O’Hara and Jermaine Pennant should be in action.