So much to be proud of

PUBLISHED: 10:33 10 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:52 06 July 2010


WE are all bitterly disappointed - and what makes it even harder to take is that we did not perform on the day.

Sometimes in football you can carry one or two players who have an off day, but on Saturday everyone had an off day.


WE are all bitterly disappointed - and what makes it even harder to take is that we did not perform on the day.

Sometimes in football you can carry one or two players who have an off day, but on Saturday everyone had an off day.

The build up was right, the approach to the game was fine, we were confident and everything was set up for a fantastic opportunity.

We got our noses in front early on and looked to go on from there, but I think that conceding that goal so soon after - from a set-piece which we'd talked so much about - knocked the stuffing out of us.

You could see the lads head drop and in the end it was one of them days - a bad day at the office for the players, management and all the supporters.

But at the same time, you have to look at the bigger picture. These lads have done this town proud. For two years running we have now got to the last four in a national competition - last year we got through to the final and this time it was the semi-final.

The players have not only done themselves, the club and the town proud, they've created a big wave of interest around the town - so they've a lot to proud of and they should hold their heads up high.

It didn't happen for us on Saturday as a unit, and we're all disappointed with the result, but it's only one performance and there is a lot still to play for this season.

So now the aim is to pick ourselves up as we've still got the league and Premier Cup to go for.

At the end of the day, any other club and managers would like to be in our position. These boys have done fantastic! After Saturday we knew that we would have to pick ourselves up for Tuesday's game.

Everyone would be looking at our result and seeing if we'd suffered any hangover from the Vase. But we showed what we are all about - the lads were absolutely terrific as they showed guts, character and determination.

We're well proud of them and are over the moon.

Tiptree are a tough, physical side and we were playing on a bouncy pitch, which is never an easy place to go. We got our noses in front then they equalised on half time and made it 2-1 in the second half.

From here it could've been easy for the boys to throw the towel in, but Carl Poppy spanked in a 30-yard free kick and the boys were lifted from that.

There was a buzz about the players again and throwing Bradley Hough on in the last five minutes he produced a bit of magic and kept a ball in before crossing for the Rocket to seal the points in what was an important result for us.

The boys answered a lot of questions that may have been asked of them and proved people wrong - we can't praise them enough.

With Leiston losing on Tuesday and CRC on Wednesday we know we are in a really good position with seven league games and a cup final left.

We know what we have to do to win the league and cup - so we won't be reflecting on Saturday as we move forward.

A special thank you has to go to all of the supporters who turned up on Saturday - we do appreciate your backing, but it was one of them days where it did not go right for us…and there hasn't been many of them this season.

A massive thank you goes to the fans - hopefully some of them will come back as we are a better side than what we showed on Saturday.

Special mention must also go to the supporters who travelled to Tiptree on Tuesday - a big thank you from all of us within the dressing room…you are the best!

Tomorrow we have another tough game at home to Stanway and with so much to play for we have another important three points at stake on Saturday.

Then there is another massive game on Easter Monday at Walmer Road, and come 5pm tomorrow we'll be turning our attention to what is another big occasion for us, local football and the town.

Dale Cockrill missed Tuesday's game through suspension. He is out tomorrow but available on Monday. Andy Reynolds misses the next two games and we have one or two injury concerns as well.

Marcus Saunders has been ill, Darren Cockrill has taken a knock on his knee and is doubtful while Neil Plaskett was rested on Tuesday.

So we will have to use the squad, which we have done all season, and we know that we still have so much to play for!

Micky Chapman was speaking to Mark Boggis

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Lowestoft Journal. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Lowestoft Journal