Own goal sends Town through

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town 2, St Ives 1

A late own goal eased Lowestoft Town through unscathed after a fine cup performance in front of more than 400 fans at Crown Meadow on Saturday.

Lowestoft Town 2, St Ives 1

A late own goal eased Lowestoft Town through unscathed after a fine cup performance in front of more than 400 fans at Crown Meadow on Saturday.

Lowestoft named an unchanged starting line up as they started out on the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON trail with the visit of Eagle Bitter United Counties League side St Ives Town.

Both Matty Potter and Neil Plaskett had recovered sufficiently to be named amongst the seven substitutes.

The start of the game was held up for 15 minutes with the visitors arriving late due to congestion caused by an accident on the A14.

When it finally kicked off the Blues found themselves a goal down inside two minutes with Moyes cutting in from the left and his shot from 20 yards flew just inside the near post past the despairing Andy Reynolds.

Undaunted by the early setback Lowestoft soon had the visitors on the rack and deservedly equalised in the 13th minute.

An excellent build up down the right involving Jamie Godbold and Gary McGee ended with a cross into the area headed across goal by Russell Stock for Reece Hunn to rise high to head home at the far post.

With Stock winning everything in the air the St Ives defence was being kept at full stretch and they survived strong penalty appeals as Dale Cockrill's penetrating run into the area ending with him falling under pressure.

Stock, Hunn and Godbold worked the ball into the area but McGee hooked the ball just wide.

Carl Poppy sent Godbold on one of his mazy runs and after leaving two defenders in his wake his shot flashed across the face of the goal shaving the paint off the far post.

McGee released Hunn whose chip beat the keeper but drifted just wide. In a rare St Ives attack Moyes free kick was scooped over the bar by Thackray from six yards but the visitors felt relieved to go in at the interval with the scores all square.

Lowestoft continued to dominate in the second period and a Poppy cross caused problems in the St Ives defence with both Stock and McGee seeing shots blocked down in front of goal.

McGee went clear down the inside left channel and played the ball back to Godbold whose shot was again blocked in front of goal.

There was a brief scare for the Blues as Jason King played Fielding away and from his cross Thackray's header was turned over the bar by Reynolds.

The Blues keeper then got into the attacking mode with a long ball sending McGee clear and as he played the ball past keeper Jackson from the edge of the area the cheers from the stands turned to groans as the ball shaved the outside of the post.

There was more agony for the Town forwards as keeper Jackson dropped the ball under pressure but both Godbold and substitute Ross King had shots cleared off the line.

Poppy's cross was headed down by Darren Cockrill to McGee who was again inches wide.

The Blues mounting pressure was finally rewarded with a winning goal in the 81st minute.

Substitutes Bradley Hough and Ross King combined down the right and from the latter's wicked low cross defender Newman could only turn the ball into his own net with McGee ready to pounce.

Lowestoft played out the final nine minutes searching for a third goal before the final whistle confirmed the Blues progress.

Match sponsor: Sunningdale Associates, match ball sponsor Bob Blizzard MP.

Man of the match: Jamie Godbold.

Lowestoft: Reynolds, Poppy, Marsden, Woodrow, Saunders, Darren Cockrill, Godbold, Dale Cockrill, Stock (sub King 63), McGee, Hunn (sub Hough). Subs (not used) Plaskett, Potter, Smith, Blowers, Lewis.

Att: 433. Terry Lynes

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