Town ready for first test

PUBLISHED: 10:45 20 August 2010 | UPDATED: 09:49 16 September 2010


That's the message from Lowestoft Town joint manager Micky Chapman on the eve of the start of their Ryman Premier League campaign.


That's the message from Lowestoft Town joint manager Micky Chapman on the eve of the start of their Ryman Premier League campaign.

The Trawler Boys premier adventure begins at Carshalton Athletic tomorrow (3pm KO) and hopes are high that Chapman and Co. can get off to a dream start.

Lowestoft finally completed their pre-season campaign with a 2-2 draw against Sudbury at the weekend and Chapman believes the summer campaign has honed the squad into perfect shape for the months ahead.

“It's been a really long pre-season but the lads have worked really hard and we've been really impressed with them,” said Chapman. “We came back at the end of June to start training so the pre-season has been just short of two months. They have really knuckled down and we're really pleased with the way the whole squad has bonded. We had a night out in Cambridge last weekend to finish off pre-season and it's great to see the lads getting on so well.

“When that whistle blows on Saturday, we will be ready.”

Chapman acknowledged that Town could have been given a far easier assignment than Carshalton on Saturday - a side that has been playing at Step 3 level for several years.

Lowestoft fans travelling to the match should expect their side to come up against a well-drilled side, well aware of the requirements at this level.

“We've tried to do a bit of homework on them and they're going to be a tough proposition as they have been playing at this level for some time now.

“They have had some good results in pre-season and don't concede a lot of goals so we're going to have to hit the ground running to get anything out the match.

“Every side wants to get a good start and we're no different. It's going to be tough but we're going down there with a good bunch of lads and we're confident we can make a real impression in this league.”

Town will be looking to summer signing Lee McGlone to help get their season off to a winning start with the striker notching another two goals on Saturday at Sudbury.

Chapman is expecting big things from the frontman. “He has been fantastic for us since he's come in,” he said. “We knew what we were getting when we signed him and he looks to be in very good form.

“There were other clubs in for him but it's great that we've got him on board and I'm sure he will make an impression this season.”

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