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Town to turn down EAPL chance

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:03 05 July 2010

Phil Banyard

Lowestoft Town Cricket Club are set to spurn the chance to move up to the East Anglian Premier League.

Nathan Garrod's side are second in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division and with leaders Downham declining the opportunity to go up, Lowestoft could claim a place in the promotion play-offs if they maintain their current position.

Phil Banyard

Lowestoft Town Cricket Club are set to spurn the chance to move up to the East Anglian Premier League.

Nathan Garrod's side are second in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division and with leaders Downham declining the opportunity to go up, Lowestoft could claim a place in the promotion play-offs if they maintain their current position.

But Lowestoft chairman John Mann confirmed that his club were likely to turn down the chance.

“I don't think we are in a situation to go up at the moment, it would come too soon for us,” he said.

However, he did not rule out the possibility of applying for promotion in the future, adding: “We definitely want to continue trying to progress as a club.

“It's our first year back in the Premier Division and we are doing really well, but we don't want to get carried away.

“We need to consolidate our position on and off the pitch and promotion is certainly something we would consider in the future.

“I can't see the point of moving up too quickly and struggling.”

Mann admitted he had been pleasantly surprised at the performance of the team so far this year.

“I would have been happy just to finish third from bottom,” he said.

“All of the junior players have knuckled down and worked really hard and we have had a very good overseas player in Johan Mostert, but it's also been good to see people who have been at the club for a number of years doing well.”

Downham are currently 26 points clear at the top, but the two sides are due to meet in a potential winner-takes-all clash at the Denes Oval in the last game of the season.

Mann added: “If we keep plugging away and playing as we have been doing, anything is possible. The pressure is not on us.”

Tomorrow could be a crucial day in the title race, with Lowestoft at home to relegation-threatened Norwich & Coltishall Wanderers, while leaders Downham have the tough assignment of a trip to third-placed outfit Vauxhall Mallards A.


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