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Table topping Trawlerboys ready for Enfield test

Table topping Trawlerboys ready for Enfield test

Mark Boggis9 Feb - 20:41
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"We have to match the intensity first and foremost."
- Blues boss Jamie Godbold

Lowestoft Town FC made it four games unbeaten, with four more points from two tough away games in the past week.

The two away games in quick succession saw The Trawerboys extend their lead at the top of the Pitching In Isthmian League north division to six points after picking up a draw and a win in the space of four days.

Two tough away games at ninth placed Walthamstow last Saturday and fifth placed Brentwood Town on Tuesday night saw The Trawlerboys collect four points following a 2-2 draw at Wadham Lodge and a last gasp 0-1 win at The Arena.

Four goals inside the first 30 minutes last Saturday, saw The Trawlerboys fall behind in the second minute, equalise through Harvey Sayer's direct free kick in the fifth minute before taking the lead in the 17th minute when Adam Hipperson hooked home following a defensive mistake.

Kymani Thomas however equalised for the hosts in the 29th minute, to conclude the scoring.

Harvey Sayer was on target once more for The Trawlerboys with a 91st minute winner for Jamie Godbold's men at Brentwood Town on Tuesday night.

His 19th league goal of the season thus far - moving him one behind teammate Jake Reed, the league's joint leading goalscorer with Bury's Ramadan - sealed a superb away win.

It means that with 15 league games now remaining, Lowestoft are six points clear of second placed Felixstowe and Walton United and eight points clear of Bowers & Pitsea in third.

Blues boss Jamie Godbold said: "Saturday was a good away point and Harvey then produced a bit of magic in the 90th minute of Tuesday night to hit a winner which caused absolute scenes.

"Four points from two tough away games, with a win and three points on Tuesday night, is vital in our quest.

"The table looks a lot more positive now."

Reflecting on the past week, Godbold said: "I think at the start of the week we looked at the two games we had and the target was four points.

"So that is good for us in hitting that target - and while it may not have come the way perhaps it was expected, we still managed to get four points from two superb away performances.

"It was great to get those results having had a few injuries and a bit of a blip recently, so it has put in a great position.

"Walthamstow was a tough game in tough conditions against a really physical side.

"They were direct and made it tough for us with a really tall striker who caused us a few problems and two wingers who were really effective.

"We did well to stop their supply at source to prevent the ball going forward, but when they did get it forward they posed problems.

"They got off to a strong start, went ahead, then we turned it around before they equalised.

"In the second half I felt we were the better side but we did not create too many chances and in the end a draw was perhaps a fair result - a good away point.

"Tuesday was such a good performance. I thought we controlled the game, were excellent in the first half against a strong wind, and apart from a 20-minute spell in the second half when they came out a bit more direct and got closer to us I thought we were the better team.

"It was looking like a 0-0 with not too many chances created until Harvey Sayer produced a bit of magic on 90 minutes with the late winner which caused absolute scenes.

"There is not much better than a last minute winner and those three points were vital as the table now looks a lot more positive.

"A lot of teams in and around the top six would have been hoping for a Brentwood win - , we have to get used to that pressure.

"Teams near the bottom are fighting to stay in the league and we have to cope with that.

"The Enfield game is an example of that - we have to match the intensity first and foremost, fight for every ball and when we get the ball down, we have to play with quality.

"Reflecting on when we played them away in October, it was 0-0 at half time when we had, had a lot of the ball.

"They defended deep and made life difficult for us, before we managed to convert the chances we had threatened in the second half.

"The results from Sam Johnson's scan have come back and he is likely to face four to six weeks out - which is a big blow to us.

"Jake Reed is OK now after his illness, Owen Murphy is missing this Saturday while Charlie Norman should be OK as we managed to get him strapped up to play on Tuesday."

After the incessant rain over the past two days, there will be a pitch inspection at 9.15am tomorrow (Saturday) ahead of the scheduled Enfield game.

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