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PUBLISHED: 12:27 02 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:17 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town Club Notes by Terry Lynes

IT'S 41 down and just one game left for the Blues to complete their Ridgeons League programme for another season.

Lowestoft Town Club Notes by Terry Lynes

IT'S 41 down and just one game left for the Blues to complete their Ridgeons League programme for another season. The visit to old foes Harwich & Parkeston tomorrow will then leave the Blues a clear week to prepare for the F A Carlsberg Vase final. Rivalries between the Blues and Shrimpers go back over a hundred years and there have been many a memorable match between the two clubs.

On the players front both Andy Reynolds and Matty Potter had brief playing comebacks this last week. Reynolds started the game against Walsham Le Willows and was always to come off after about 30 minutes whilst Potter came off the bench against Histon Reserves for the final 10 minutes.

The games this week saw contrasting results as well as weather conditions. Against Walsham Le Willows last Saturday the game was played on a pleasantly mild afternoon with the first 45 minutes seeing the Blues playing flowing football of the highest quality as they swept the visitors aside to go in at the break with a 4 goal lead. Jamie Godbold hit the opening two goals with classic strikes but then failed in his hattrick attempt as his penalty kick rebounded out off the post. Darren Cockrill finished off a superb move for the third with Bradley Hough's shot taking a big deflection for the 4th. By comparison the second half was a tame affair as the Blues coasted home.

Tuesday evening though brought torrential rain leaving the Histon pitch water-logged well before the interval. Despite the farcical conditions both clubs wanted the game to continue and with the players acting sensibly the game went the full 90 minutes. The game was well handled by referee Steve Artis who praised the attitude of all the players at the end of the game. Jamie Godbold hit the Blues goal to cancel out Histon's opener from Danny Wright who went on to complete a first half hattrick. Numerous chances were missed at both ends in an entertaining match with Histon adding a further goal after the break to seal a 1-4 victory.

The Reserves too complete their league programme tomorrow when Acle United are the visitors in the final ever Anglian Combination match. The Town Reserves are leaving the Anglian Combination at the end of this season to take their place in the Ridgeons Reserve Divisions next season.

Dale Smith became the latest of the current Youth squad to commit his long term future to the Blues by signing the contract that had been held in abeyance whilst he helped the Suffolk County Under 18 squad to lift the F A County Youth Cup.


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