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Trawlerboys 'all ready and raring to go'

Trawlerboys 'all ready and raring to go'

Mark Boggis1 Dec 2023 - 18:00
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New Salamis test for Lowestoft Town FC

"We know that New Salamis will be a really tough game and we are all raring to go."
- Lowestoft manager Jamie Godbold

Lowestoft Town FC manager Jamie Godbold said his players "are all raring to go" as they prepare for a return to action.

Despite being without a match for the past two weeks - following a postponement and not having a scheduled game - The Trawlerboys remain top of the table in the Pitching In Isthmian League North Division.

Last time out, The Trawlerboys' scheduled league match at home to Witham Town on Saturday, November 18 fell foul of the bad weather conditions, as the game was postponed following an early morning pitch inspection.

This Witham Town game will now be played at the Fosters Solicitors Community Stadium on Tuesday, December 12, with a 7.45pm kick off.

Last Saturday, November 25, Jamie Godbold's men were without a match, meaning they have not played for a fortnight.

Despite this, Lowestoft are now four points clear of closest rivals Felixstowe & Walton United, in second place, with a game in hand on the Suffolk side - who lost for the second successive match.

Lowestoft are also five points clear of third placed Basildon - with two games in hand.

After six successive league wins Jamie Godbold's men return to action tomorrow (Saturday) as they host 17th placed New Salamis at the Fosters Solicitors Community Stadium.

With Rob Eagle suspended for three matches following his sending off, defender Dan White is also missing on Saturday.

New signing Josh Hazell and recently signed defender Graham Hinton are however in contention.

Reflecting on the break from action, Godbold said: "It has been a really interesting break, watching the results come in at the weekend and Tuesday.

"It has put us in a better position, and in that respect - despite not playing - it has been a good week.

"We have had some injured players and it has given them a couple of extra weeks of rehab.

"I don't think they are right, just yet, but it has given them extra recovery.

"Travis had his boots on, on Tuesday, and Dylan is a little bit away - as is Murph, who is taking a bit longer but it is important he comes back fit and has confidence in the shoulder.

"They are making progress but not quite there - the rest has done them good."

Looking ahead to a busy spell of games in December, and the New Year, Godbold said: "It is a slight concern we have been without a game for two weeks, and perhaps a little bit of momentum may have been lost.

"I hope we get back to it and focus on ourselves, with the cliché of taking each game as it comes.

"I look at New Salamis, and although they are in 17th, they had a great result on Tuesday against one of the in form teams in Brentwood, who are one of the sides to keep an eye on as they have some really, really strong players who seem to be in good form.

"So to go there, get a point is a great point - and like Witham these sides are all fighting.

"They are bringing in new players and battling down there.

"We are not looking at the game on Saturday as one we can just turn up to win.

"If we do, having not played in two weeks, then that is when you can slip up.

"There is perhaps a fear of being a bit rusty, and it may take a while to get into the game, but we know that New Salamis will be a really tough game and we are all raring to go.

"Last time we played them (in September) it was a funny old game.

"It was one of the games where we had a team meeting afterwards and spoke about things that we needed to do better.

"We can't take our foot off the gas when you are in a good position in games - as we did then - and you can't defend so open, which we did back then.

"It was a really good learning curve.

"Like Saturday, we have some tough games coming up including Brentwood, some local derbies and Felixstowe in January - matches against sides up the top of the table.

"The focus will be on us and we will take each game as it comes.

"We have had two good training sessions on the pitch on Tuesday and Thursday and we are all ready and raring to go!"

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