Being a university student can make following Lowestoft a real struggle. I would rarely get the chance to see the Trawlerboys in action especially away from home. However, Hendon was ideal for me as it was only a 20-minute bus ride away.
I had also gone to last year's clash between the two teams and distinctly remember Travis Cole's heroic display in goal after Jamie Waite was forced off early in the game with an injury. Despite being a 0-0 that day, the game was a very entertaining and highly contested affair, so I was hoping for more of the same prior to the game.
On route to the Hendon's ground, you walk through a peaceful recreational park. Although as soon as you walk through the turnstile you can feel the energy and anticipation ahead of the game. The ground for those who have not been there recently, had a number of new standing and seated stands around the perimeter of the club and had an artificial pitch.
I decided to watch the game from the main stand attached to the club's clubhouse. A perfect position for me to cheer on the boys whilst basking in the sunlight. The locals were friendly and there were lots of humorous heckling throughout the game. What I also found really interesting was the high number of dogs that spectators took to the game, who may I add behaved fantastically.
Lowestoft took the lead thanks to Jake Reed slotting the ball under the keeper following a swift counter-attack. The blues tried their best to hold onto the lead, with the Trawlerboys absorbing lots of pressure. Eventually, it took a special finish from Zak Joseph to level the score.
What I love about non-league football is not just what happens on the pitch but what happens off it. During the game, I had the pleasure to speak to some fellow London based Lowestoft supporters. It was really nice to talk about our experiences of the town and the football club over the years. It goes to show that your love of the community and the football club far exceeds your geographical location.
Updated 16:07 - 26 Feb 2018 by Sean Galea-Pace