Town's tough FA Vase task

PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:26 05 July 2010

Lowestoft Town FC club notes by Terry Lynes

LAST week's cold and wet weather meant that the eagerly awaited FA Vase clash against Hungerford Town was postponed and will now be played tomorrow.

Lowestoft Town FC club notes by Terry Lynes

LAST week's cold and wet weather meant that the eagerly awaited FA Vase clash against Hungerford Town was postponed and will now be played tomorrow.

The game is being sponsored by Barrier LTD who have sponsored all our Vase ties both this season and last.

The match ball is being sponsored by Richard Reeve of Waveney Print.

The players and team management will again be having a pre-match breakfast at the social club, before taking on Hungerford, nickname the Crusaders, and would like to thank Morris Minor of the Trawler Boys for sponsoring the meal.

With the exception of the cup-tied Damian Hilton and Jamie Stokeld the Blues are expected to have a full squad to select from.

The Blues will need no greater incentive tomorrow than the knowledge that a victory will again give them the benefit of another home tie in the quarter finals.

The winners of the tie have been drawn at home to Bideford, a mid-table Western Premier League side.

The Reserves are the only side to have played over the last week when another excellent display of attacking football saw Leiston Reserves defeated 8-0.

Their visit to Whitton United last Saturday was also postponed.

Tomorrow they travel to Stowmarket Town Reserves. On Tuesday they host Gorleston Res.

The Youth team's visit to Cromer Town Youth yesterday (Thursday) was postponed. Next Wednesday they are due to visit Dereham Town Youth.

The U17 side were 8-0 victors over Sole Bay United last Sunday. Christy Finch hit a hat-trick, Robert Kane, two, and Sam Raven, Matthew Gauci and Andy Stacey one each. This Sunday they are at home to Hemsby.

Striker Danny Mitchell has gone out on loan to Ridgeons League Division One side Diss Town for one month.

One of Lowestoft Town's biggest fans has died, the club has revealed.

Nanna Barbara, grandmother of first team joint manager Mick Chapman was a regular at Crown Meadow for many years.

“She was a lovely lady who was well liked by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her,” Lowestoft Town secretary Terry Lynes said this week.

Despite being well over 90, she was still a regular visitor at the Crown Meadow when her health allowed.

“She was, as you all probably know, the grandmother of our manager Micky Chapman and in his younger years was his 'taxi' to games,” Lynes said.

“In more recent years it was Chappo who would bring her to the Meadow and help her climb the steep steps up to her usual seat in the stand. She had been determined to see her beloved Blues run out on the Wembley pitch last May and people rallied around to make sure she got there.

“On a personal note I was always aware that when she could not get to a game or when the Blues were playing away I would get at least a couple of phone calls asking how the team were doing.

“On one particular evening I received a phone call from a lady who introduced herself as a nurse from Lowestoft hospital begging me for the result because Mrs Skinner (aka Nanna Barbara) refused to settle down for the night without knowing how the Blues had got on!

“Nanna Barbara rest in peace - you will be sorely missed,” Lynes added.

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