Lowestoft Town 0-3 Harlow Town
Lowestoft's first home match in over a month, and last before the turn of the year, ended in disappointment as Harlow Town snatched all three points at the Amber Dew Events Stadium.
Despite their lowly league position, Harlow had already caused some problems for the Trawlerboys this season; recording a 2-0 home win in August before their 1-0 FA Cup victory on the road in September. Although the visitors would be set to pitch another shutout, it was Lowestoft who threatened the opposing goal first. Most of the first half was a gritty midfield affair but Matty Foy did well to burst forward from that position and shoot, only for the attempt to land safely in the arms of goalkeeper Samuel Szymckzyk.
However, Harlow would open the scoring towards the end of the first period with a powerful shot by Junior Dadson. Dale Brooks had highlighted Harlow's Alex Read as a danger to his defence earlier in the week and ten minutes after the break his exquisite header had the visitors two up. And on the72nd minute mark the game was all but killed as Read grabbed his second with a tap-in at the far post, following a fantastic ball in from Jay Silva.
There was still time for each side to lose a man and a massive coming together between both sets of players culminated in dismissals for both Rory McAuley and Harlow defender Jideofo Maduako. The introduction of Cruise sparked the first sign of true attacking threat for Lowestoft and the substitute did almost grab a consolation, after cutting inside and firing a low strike which produced the testing save from Szymckzyk.