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Vase vision for The Blues

PUBLISHED: 10:02 08 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:41 05 July 2010

ALL eyes have been on glittering silverware this week as the FA Vase made a welcome visit to Lowestoft.

But ahead of their "biggest game of the season," Micky Chapman's men have their sights firmly fixed on making history - by reaching the quarter finals of the national competition come 5pm tomorrow.

ALL eyes have been on glittering silverware this week as the FA Vase made a welcome visit to Lowestoft.

But ahead of their “biggest game of the season,” Micky Chapman's men have their sights firmly fixed on making history - by reaching the quarter finals of the national competition come 5pm tomorrow.

With the Football Association choosing The Blues eagerly-awaited last-16 encounter with Gateshead-based Dunston Federation as their tie of the round, the prestigious trophy appeared at the Denes High School and in Lowestoft town centre on Monday.

Yet the main focus of attention for the joint management team of Chapman and Ady Gallagher is on securing a first-ever place in the last eight of the competition.

Speaking before The Blues “massive” match, Chapman exclusively told The Journal: “It's great that the FA have named it as the tie of the round - and while this is as far as Lowestoft have ever got in the competition before, we want to take them on even further.

“It was great to see the FA Vase in town this week - but at the end of the day we want to get our hands on the trophy and lift it up after the final.”

To do that, The Blues recipe for success is focussing on five key ingredients: commitment, quality, work-rate, a little bit of lady luck and the fervent backing of The Trawlerboys - in being Lowestoft's 12th man and cheering them onto the next round.

“Hopefully all the supporters will get behind us and get into the next round,” Chapman said. “It will be tough, we've had reports on them but the boys are looking forward to getting into the last eight - and we'll do everything we can to make that happen.

“This is a great opportunity to make history - and if we show the quality we have got, we get a bit of lady luck and we add that to our work-rate hopefully everything will come together to ensure we progress.”

And getting his hands on the prestigious trophy on Monday, at a special showcase in town, joint Blues boss Ady Gallagher said: “It's just nice to get a flavour of what is happening at the weekend.”

Calling on the backing of the Lowestoft faithful, it is hoped a capacity crowd will pack into the Crown Meadow in the pursuit of reaching the next round.

“We are very much looking forward to it,” Blues star winger Jamie Godbold told The Journal. “It's the biggest game of the season so far and a lot rides on it to keep the momentum of our season going.

“Obviously we have had a poor league campaign - so to keep our season going we're hoping for a big crowd to cheer us on and be our 12th man in getting us into the next round,” he added.

“We know that Dunston are big, strong and well-organised - but probably any team that we are facing in the last 16 would be pretty similar. “I don't think the league position counts for anything at this stage - but every single player is aiming to make sure we progress.”

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