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Town cup run over

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:19 05 July 2010

Cambridge City 2, Lowestoft Town 0

LOWESTOFT Town's interest in the FA Cup ended at the first qualifying round stage at Milton Road where Cambridge City gained a flattering two goal victory over the Blues.

Cambridge City 2, Lowestoft Town 0

LOWESTOFT Town's interest in the FA Cup ended at the first qualifying round stage at Milton Road where Cambridge City gained a flattering two goal victory over the Blues.

On a blazing hot afternoon, the Blues matched their opponents from two levels higher and it would not have been an injustice if they had come away with some reward from the game.

Cambridge City started brightly but without causing the Town defence any real problems.

Town gradually got their game going and looked the more dangerous side.

Midway through the half Dale Cockrill's shrewd ball inside the full back released Reece Hunn who raced into the area before shooting past Barrett into the net only to see the effort ruled out by a marginal offside decision.

A foul on Russell Stock gave the Blues a free kick from which Carl Poppy picked out the big striker whose header flashed just wide of the target. As play switched from end to end Calliste ran clear but Andy Reynolds raced from his area to kick clear.

Cambridge then opened up the Town defence as Neilson and Midgley played a one-two with the former shooting into the side netting.

Poppy then split the Cambridge defence but keeper Barrett got a hand to McGee's chip to turn the ball for a corner.

Lowestoft had a great chance to take the lead in the 40th minute with the impressive Reece Hunn making ground down the right only to see his cross into the danger area handled by a home defender.

However the usually dependable Richard Woodrow saw his spot kick parried by Barrett who moved quickly to dive on the loose ball.

Worse was to follow for the Town as on the stroke of half time as Calliste for once got clear of the Blues defence to shoot past Reynolds with Darren Cockrill only able to help the ball into the net.

Lowestoft mounted attack after attack on the Cambridge goal in the second period.

Hunn left three defenders trailing before crossing for Stock to flick the ball on to Woodrow whose shot was blocked in front of goal.

Hunn, Poppy and Godbold combined down the right but Smith tackled McGee as he was about to shoot.

Then Hunn's 30-yard drive forced another excellent save from Barrett.

At times the Cambridge goal had a charmed life with Godbold, Hunn and Stock all having shots blocked in the six-yard box within a matter of seconds. The Cockrill brothers exchanged passes before Darren's shot was blocked on the line by Smith.

Totally against the run of play Cambridge added a second goal in the 77th minute. A free kick fell to substitute Roberts in a central position at the edge of the penalty area.

He completely sliced his attempted shot which turned out to be a perfect pass for Neilson to shoot home from an angle just inside the near post.

MoM: Reece Hunn.

Town: Reynolds, Poppy, Jack Marsden, Woodrow, Darren Cockrill, Plaskett, Godbold (sub Hough 80), Dale Cockrill (sub King 84), Stock, McGee (sub McKenna 80), Hunn. Subs (not used): Saunders, Rix.

Terry Lynes

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