Lewes 1 Lowestoft Town 0
Lowestoft Town joint manager Ady Gallagher admitted it had been an “horrendous” day for his side after their FA Trophy exit at Lewes.
The Trawlerboys made the 340-mile round trip to Sussex yesterday and in a game lacking any real quality, a much-changed side were sunk by Ben Godfrey’s 45th minute strike.
To cap a bad day, Lowestoft came away with several injury concerns ahead of this Saturday’s FA Cup trip to St Albans.
Gallagher said: “We’ve picked up a few knocks today which just makes it one horrendous day.
“I’m disappointed with the performance. From start to finish we were a bit flat and we never got going. We had three or four chances, but we conceded a really poor goal.”
Lowestoft made six changes from the previous weekend’s FA Cup win at Wealdstone, but Gallagher admitted he had expected a better performance: “We make no bones about it, the league is our priority, but it doesn’t alter the fact that the club has a winning mentality and that is no excuse at all,” he said.
“We’ve got three cup games in seven days and we haven’t got a massive squad so we’ve got to make sure we look after everyone. Some of the lads on the fringes got an opportunity to have some time on the pitch today and I’m sure they’ll be disappointed with how the game has gone and that they haven’t been able to make more of a claim to be in the starting line-up regularly.
“The only real positive for us today was that those players got some time on the pitch.”
There were few clear-cut chances for either side, but Town keeper Jake Jessup made a good save to deny Steve Brinkhurst.
Lowestoft’s only real chance of the first half fell to Aaron Jones, but his volley just cleared the bar.
The decisive moment of the game came just before half-time when Lewis Hamilton crossed for Godfrey to head the hosts in front.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, with few chances and little excitement at either end.
Jessup saved well from Godfrey, while at the other end, Adam Smith’s header bounced up and over the bar.
• Lewes: Thorp, Conroy, Hamilton, Walder, Robinson, Breach, Brinkhurst, Beckford, Godfrey, Schaaf, Crabb. Subs: Thomas, Dalhouse, Cooper, Howell
Goal: Godfrey (45)
• Lowestoft: Jessup, Gleeson, Eagle, Jones, Crane (Fisk), Gaughran, Smith, Mitchell, Stone (Henderson), Frew, Cunningham (Francis). Subs not used: Ainsley, Saker.
• Att: 407