Lowestoft Town 3-1 Leatherhead
An impressive second half display ensured the Trawlerboys would sail past nine-man Leatherhead and overtake them to go 13th.
The visitors had been in most Bostik League fans' good books after knocking Billericay out of the FA Cup last Thursday, but after eighteen minutes the referee placed two names in another book and it soon escalated. After an initial handball by Jack Midson, arguments commenced and three yellow cards later, Midson and player-manager Sammy Moore were sent for an early bath. Lowestoft looked to capitalise immediately and did so when a long ball by McAuley played Reed through on goal; the striker producing a delicate chip over goalkeeper Zaki Oualah to give his side the lead.
As might have been expected with a two-man advantage, the Trawlerboys continued to enjoy the majority share of possession and chances. Matty Foy on his second start showed nice footwork inside the box before landing a shot on target and Jacek Zielonka struck just wide after creating some space for himself to shoot. However, Lowestoft were pegged back by Leatherhead from one of their only chances in the half. Lee Minshull headed home from a free kick after Zielonka had sliced down Sam Blackman outside the area.
After the interval, Lowestoft made good use of the extra space to muster up one of their best passing moves all season. Subtle build up play between Borrer, Foy and Reed allowed the latter a chance to add a tenth goal of the season and he did exactly that with a tidy finish past Oualah. As the rain poured down, the Trawlerboys pressed for a third and the Leatherhead goalkeeper pulled out a fantastic save to deny Shaun Bammant his first goal of the season. Dan Humphreys, the on-loan defender making his first start in pro-football, whipped in a cross and the striker's header forced Oualah to make the stop at full stretch.
Bammant would not have to wait much longer though. Just two minutes later, he raced through on goal and slotted the ball between the keeper's legs as the game looked to be edging out of Leatherhead's reach. Substitute Josh Greenleaf had a chance to add insult to injury late in the game but his off-balance attempt from inside the area was blazed high and wide. The Trawlerboys take a trip to league leaders Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday, as Dale Brooks looks for his first points on the road.
Lowestoft- Dudzinski, Humphreys, McAuley, Barker, Smith (Bammant, 37), Borrer (Greenleaf, 73), Jarvis, Fisk, Zielonka, Reed, Foy (Cruise, 80)
Leatherhead- Oualah, Clohessy, Richards, Minshull, Nnamani, Ambroisine, Blackman (Smith, 80), Moore, Nash (Wood, 56), Midson, Theobalds (Omofe, 59)