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Town end on a high note

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:30 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town 5, Antigua and Barbuda 4

THE curtain finally came down on Lowestoft's playing season last Saturday with the Blues having their first taste of action against a national squad.

Lowestoft Town 5, Antigua and Barbuda 4

THE curtain finally came down on Lowestoft's playing season last Saturday with the Blues having their first taste of action against a national squad.

Antigua and Barbuda were making a brief visit to England in preparation for their forthcoming World Cup qualifying round ties against Cuba.

With the Crown Meadow pitch having been reseeded, the game was played at Bungay Town's Maltings Meadow in glorious sunshine.

Lowestoft made a dream start by moving ahead after just four minutes play when the visitors were penalised for handball in the penalty area and Richard Woodrow converted the resultant spot kick.

The Antiguans were looking lively going forward but were very naïve in defence and just two minutes later Reece Hunn was allowed time and space to net Lowestoft's second goal. Antigua hit back immediately with Kerry Skepple reducing the arrears straight from the restart.

Lowestoft restored their two goal advantage after 20 minutes with Bradley Hough out jumping Molvin James to head home and six minutes later Lowestoft added a fourth as Joe Pike headed home from a right wing corner.

Skepple was again allowed space to reduce the arrears in the 35th minute to send the teams in at the break with Lowestoft leading by 4-2.

Five minute after the interval Lowestoft added their fifth goal with Hough reacting quickest to volley home from close range.

The lively Antiguan forwards started to pose questions of the Town defence as the heat started to take its toll and Adam Rix made several good saves.

However Troy Simon was twice allowed to run through and beat the Town keeper in the 68th and 80th minutes to make the final scoreline more respectable for the visitors.

Terry Lynes

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