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Town march on in Vase

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:31 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town 3, Blackstones 2

A CROWD of more than 500 were treated to a superb FA Carlsberg Vase tie which kept them on the edge of their seats throughout the full 90 minutes before the Blues sealed their place in the last 16 with an odd goal of five victory over visitors Blackstones from Stamford.

Lowestoft Town 3, Blackstones 2

A CROWD of more than 500 were treated to a superb FA Carlsberg Vase tie which kept them on the edge of their seats throughout the full 90 minutes before the Blues sealed their place in the last 16 with an odd goal of five victory over visitors Blackstones from Stamford.

Lowestoft were without the suspended Carl Poppy but were able to welcome back Neil Plaskett from injury.

The action started from the first minute and the Blues were close to taking the lead inside three minutes with Richard Woodrow's shot slamming into the side netting after good approach work from Reece Hunn, Russell Stock and Bradley Hough.

Although Lowestoft were enjoying the bulk of possession Blackstones looked dangerous on the break and Stebbing raced clear only to be denied by an excellent tackle by Matty Potter.

Hough earned the Blues a corner which saw Hunn's flag-kick headed goalwards by Stock only to be cleared off the Blackstones line by defender Blowers.

Somewhat against the run of play Blackstones took the lead after 21 minutes.

The ball was played out wide to Cotton whose vicious low ball into the six yard was only parried by Andy Reynolds and Harrold was left with a simple tap in by the far post.

Boosted by this goal Blackstones looked to build on their advantage and Reynolds raced from his area to clear as Harrold threatened.

Plaskett was next to deny the lively visiting striker.

Lowestoft recovered their impetus and Dale Smith fed Darren Cockrill who brought a fine diving save from Flavell.

The keeper was lucky moments later as his poor kicked clearance fell to Stock whose instant volley from 30 yards curled just wide of the angle of post and bar.

Flavell again rescued his side as he flew across goal to tip away a pile driver from Jamie Godbold.

Lowestoft deservedly equalised five minutes before the break with a goal of the utmost quality.

Godbold received the ball 10 yards inside his own half and his 40-yard diagonal pass picked out the run of Hough who sent in a brilliant 30-yard drive which dipped over keeper Flavell and into the roof of the net.

Lowestoft made a double substitution early in the second half with Gary McGee and Ross King replacing Smith and Hunn.

Stebbing broke through for Blackstones but Reynolds stood his ground to save well.

Ainslie was next to threaten but Reynolds again came to the Blues rescue with another excellent save.

Lowestoft stunned the visitors with two goals in a five minute spell.

Firstly Darren Cockrill caught Blackstones napping with a quickly taken 25-yard free-kick which scorched into the net in the 68th minute.

Cockrill tried to repeat the feat moments later with a free kick from fully 40 yards which saw Flavell back pedal to tip over the bar.

But Lowestoft did manage to add a third goal in the 73rd minute with Hough and Godbold combining down the right.

Then the latter reached the byeline before pulling the ball back for McGee to slam it home from 10 yards out.

Blackstones showed their never say die attitude and came back strongly with Reynolds saving well from Stebbing.

And the visitors reduced the arrears in the 78th minute, to set up an exciting finish with Cotton getting past both Hough and Plaskett before going down in the home side's penalty area.

Harrold stepped up to hit his second goal of the game from the penalty spot.

In a pulsating finale Flavell saved well from King and McGee and Reynolds did likewise to thwart Ainslie.

Blackstones threw numbers forward in search of an equaliser as the Blues had to survive a tortuous six minutes of injury time added on by the referee.

Both sides received a well deserved standing ovation as the final whistle sounded to end a superb 90 minutes entertainment that was a credit to all involved.

Match sponsor Barrier Ltd. Matchball sponsor Mr Bob Blizzard, MP.

Men of the Match: the entire squad.

Lowestoft: Reynolds, D Smith (Sub McGee 53), Potter, Woodrow, Saunders, Plaskett, Godbold, Darren Cockrill, Stock (Sub Bloomfield 83), Hough, Hunn (Sub King 53), subs (not used) A McKenna, Rix.

Terry Lynes

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