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Ups and downs

PUBLISHED: 08:00 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:05 05 July 2010

Mark Boggis

MIXED emotions and contrasting fortunes have led to the town's top two teams experiencing the highs and lows in the first three games of the new football season.

Mark Boggis

MIXED emotions and contrasting fortunes have led to the town's top two teams experiencing the highs and lows in the first three games of the new football season.

It may only be a fortnight old, but there have already been lots of talking points in the first two league games and the start of the FA Cup campaign.

With three victories from their first three matches - all at home - a buoyant Lowestoft Town are aiming to take this form into the next two tough away league games.

And, Kirkley and Pakefield will be aiming to put things right at Walmer Road in their next two games, after defeats by an odd-goal in their first three games - all away.

Speaking after a 2-1 FA Cup win over St Ives at Crown Meadow, the Blues' delighted management duo of Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher praised the players for their efforts.

“Our next two games are really big games for us,” joint boss Chapman said.

As well as saluting the players, Chapman this week revealed another big plus had been the amount of fans that were flocking to fortress Crown Meadow in the first three games of the new campaign, with more than 400 for each game so far.

And with the players showing improved fitness levels as they've played at a “fantastic tempo” in the first three games - The Journal can today reveal that a major factor in this has been the appointments of former Norwich City legend Craig Fleming as first team coach, former City coach Dave Carolan as Lowestoft's fitness coach and Darran Lovell as goalkeeping coach.

Over the Bascule Bridge, another narrow defeat in the FA Cup on Saturday at Wroxham has been described as a “huge disappointment” for everyone at Kirkley and Pakefield.

And after a 2-1 opening day defeat at CRC, followed by a 1-0 reversal at Leiston last week, manager Nick Shorten this week told The Journal: “We know we have the potential to respond and we will be looking to do this at home to Haverhill tomorrow.”

K&P also entertain Norwich United on Wednesday.


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