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Lowestoft Town
Leiston
Tue 26 Nov 19:45 - The Robert Dyas League Cup 13-14 Full time Attendance 245

Lowestoft Town 1 Leiston 4

A full strength Leiston side dump Lowestoft Town out of the League Cup with a 4-1 third round victory at the Crown Meadow.

Att 245

Teams:-
Lowestoft Town: Jessup, Jarvis, Gleeson, Brown, Stuart Ainsley (Fisk 55 mins), Parsons, Doddington, Okay, Eagle, Godbold (Pereira 70 mins), Jack Ainsley
Subs; Fisk, Greengrass, Pereira, Haynes-Brown, Williams

Leiston: Gay, Saker, Boardley, Jefford, Head, Tann (Redgrave 77 mins), Henry, Brothers, Ottley-Gooch (Thomas 70 mins), Parker (Key 84 mins), Francis
subs; Thomas, Key, Redgrave, Ray, Hammond

A full strength Leiston side dump Lowestoft Town out of the League Cup with a 4-1 third round victory at the Crown Meadow.

With their priority being the league, Lowestoft Town made a number of changes from Saturday and fielded a side made up of first team players and promising youngsters from the Reserve and Youth team set-ups. While Leiston fielded a full strength side, containing old Lowestoft faces Joe Francis and Blake Saker.

The match got underway with Lowestoft playing Jack Ainsley up top as a lone striker.
It was Leiston who bossed the opening five minutes but Lowestoft eventually found their feet in a changed side, with Eagle playing in Jack Ainsley and a good tackle by the Leiston defence bringing an end to the danger.
Eagle was involved again shortly after for Lowestoft and with him cutting in from the right and nobody closing him down, he shaped a low shot outside the area with his left foot, into the bottom corner to give Lowestoft a great start and a 1-0 lead (8 mins). Leiston looked like striking back straight away with Ottley-Gooch carving his way through Lowestoft but from the edge of the area he steered his effort wide.
It wasn't long before Leiston were level though, with Francis delivering from the left and Parker all alone in the box to side foot past Jessup for 1-1 (12 mins). Minutes later Leiston nearly took the lead with Boardley whipping one in from the left and with Parker at the far post and looking certain to score, he incredibly put the chance wide.
The first twenty minutes were certainly proving to be open and end to end but Leiston were holding the edge. Parsons was hassling the opposition in the middle and not shying away from anything for Lowestoft but Leiston were looking stronger in stature and Lowestoft were starting to let a few passes go astray.
Lowestoft were putting plenty of effort in but in the whole it was to try and restrict Leiston, who just after the half hour mark took the lead. The quality in possession by Leiston ended with a nice touch to send Ottley-Gooch in on goal and with a calm dink over Jessup, Leiston were 2-1 ahead (34 mins).
Ottley-Gooch was worthy of his goal after showing good movement right from the off and keeping the Lowestoft defence busy.
As halftime approached, Jack Ainsley spun to send a volley down the throat of Leiston keeper Gay and on the stroke of halftime Eagle fell foul of having to do lots of work in the midfield, by making a late tackle and going into the referees book as both teams headed for the changing rooms.

The second half started with Jack Ainsley being played in from the back but with him looking yards offside the flag surprisingly stayed down and he was in on goal, only to miss a great opportunity for Lowestoft.
A couple of quick bookings for Stuart Ainsley and then Okay, either side of Jessup having to push one away, seemed to set the tone for Leiston to press on, as they started to knock the ball around well and looked the mostly like to score. Lowestoft introduced Fisk in place of Stuart Ainsley, as Parsons moved to left back but even though Lowestoft were trying to get something going, Leiston looked solid at the back.
The game was then effectively put to bed by Leiston in the space of just four minutes. Firstly Henry did well to get into the Lowestoft area and with him lifting one to the far post, Parker grabbed his second for 3-1 (70 mins). Then with Brothers hitting one and forcing Jessup to turn it behind for a corner, the corner came in an a free header was buried by Jefford to make it 4-1 (74 mins).
Leiston introduced some fresh legs from the bench with the introduction of Redgrave and then with five minutes left, Key was also introduced. Either side of these changes Lowestoft did get a sight of goal with Eagle slipping in Doddington to his right but his effort was lashed wide, as Leiston sat tight to the final whistle and sealed their place in the next round.

It was always going to be a tough game for Lowestoft, who have never hidden the fact that it's the least important competition on their priority list. However, the club always go out to win every game they play in and the competition does provide them with a good opportunity to give some of the squad players a chance and to also give some of the developing youngsters some great experience. If wins come along during the cup run or the cup is won then that's great but the league is the clubs bread and butter and attention will now be fully on the league with a trip to Met Police on Saturday.

There were two players who merited consideration for Man of the Match honours. Eagle worked extremely hard in a midfield which was up against it at times and he did take his goal well to give Lowestoft the best of starts. However, my Man of the Match tonight was Rossi Jarvis, who was played at right back but read the game well, looked strong and got forward to support the midfield and attack when he could.

After the match I caught up with our promising Reserve/Youth team centre back Liam Brown:-
Not a great result but you must have loved getting ninety minutes with the first team again?
"Yeah, any minutes you can get under your belt for the first team is really good and it's a learning experience for me. Not a great result but we'll take it on the chin".
You played at the back with Williams in the last round and in this round you played with the club captain Gleeson; did you feel pretty comfortable back there?
"Yeah, they're great lads and they helped me through by telling me what to do, which helped my game as well as theirs".
You must be pretty happy with your own form for the Youth and Reserve teams at the minute and there seems to be a good buzz in the camp?
"Yeah, everyone seems to be getting on and gelling. Obviously I like to play well but if the team plays well then that's great and if the team and myself keep doing what we're doing week in, week out then hopefully we will get somewhere".

Lowestoft are next in action on Saturday when they make the long trip to Met Police in the Ryman Premier League.

Terry Bullen

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