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National League North Lowestoft Town fighting for each other again, says Gallagher

PUBLISHED: 08:30 27 November 2015

National League North Football action between Lowestoft Town and Stockport County. Jake Reed, front, in the thick of the action.

National League North Football action between Lowestoft Town and Stockport County. Jake Reed, front, in the thick of the action.

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Boss Ady Gallagher believes he's finally got his Lowestoft Town back, writes Gavin Caney.

The Blues have moved out of the National League North relegation zone as a result of their recent mini revival. While the Trawlerboys might not be challenging for the title anytime soon, their efforts have reminded Gallagher of much happier times at Crown Meadow.

“People have said that we’d lost our fighting spirit,” admitted the man who helped plot Lowestoft’s charge up the non-league pyramid.

“In the earlier parts of the season, in all honesty, that probably was the case. We did lose our identity a little bit I guess. It was always going to be difficult with Micky (Chapman, former joint boss) leaving. We’ve also made no secret of the fact we’ve got a smaller squad and this season was always going to be more challenging than the last one financially.

“There were a few internal issues that needed to be sorted. You can start to have a disgruntled dressing room when things like that happen and it eats away at the team spirit. It stops you fighting for each other at times because you’re fighting against each other. That affects morale so it was important we addressed the situation.”

Goals from Dean Mason and Shaun Bammant, deep in injury time, helped Lowestoft recover from 2-0 down to pick up a precious point at home to Stockport County on Saturday. The Blues take a break from league action this weekend when they host same-level St Albans City in the FA Trophy third qualifying round.

Midfielder Harvey Hodd is likely to be in the squad after completing another return to Lowestoft, this time on a two-month loan from Fleetwood Town. Keeper Ben Killip will also remain with the Trawlerboys until the new year after his temporary stay was extended until January 2.

“We’ve had a little bit of a period of adjustment and got everyone back together again,” added Gallagher, whose club will pocket £4,000 prize money if they see off St Albans tomorrow.

“The last three or four weeks I’ve started to see a difference, even if the results weren’t going our way at first. We’re a much tighter unit again. We’re not out of the woods but we do feel like we can start to move forward.

“We showed huge spirit to come back against Stockport and score the equaliser. They’re the type of things we’ve done a lot at Lowestoft over the last few years.”

The chance to make it four games unbeaten was lost on Tuesday night when the Blues’ trip to Haverhill Rovers in the Suffolk Premier Cup was postponed. The match has been rearranged for Tuesday December 8.

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