Tue 13
Lowestoft Town
St Ives Town
Lowestoft Town 1 St Ives Town 0

Lowestoft Town 1 St Ives Town 0

By Mark Boggis
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First win of season for Blues

Lowestoft Town got their Southern Premier Central campaign up and running with a deserved 1-0 win over St Ives Town.
Striker Jake Reed forced the ball home following a corner just after the hour mark to seal victory as the Trawlerboys bounced back in impressive fashion from an unlucky 2-1 defeat at Hednesford Town on the opening day.
Making one change from the opening day line-up, skipper Travis Cole returned in central defence, replacing the injured Adam Tann, to pair up alongside Connor Deeks.
And the hosts made a bright start as Dylan Williams drive went wide on two minutes, before Cole climbed well to meet Jack Wilkinson's in-swinging fifth minute corner but he headed just wide.
Play swung from end to end in the early exchanges, with both teams forcing corners before Williams shot over on 10 minutes.
A second St Ives corner of the evening was headed narrowly wide, before Reed was desperately unlucky on 29 minutes when his superb header hit the bar with the keeper beaten but it bounced down and was cleared.
Play swung to the other end and Cole acrobatically cleared a deflected St Ives corner off the line, before Josh Curry shot over for Lowestoft.
The entertaining encounter continued as a free kick was headed over by the visitors just before half time.
Jamie Godbold's side kept plugging away in the second half and finally went ahead just after the hour mark.
The Blues won three corners in quick succession and from the final one Jacek Zielonka's delivery was spot on, with a header being parried and Reed bundled the ball home from close range.
Lowestoft then managed the game well for the remaining 30 minutes to ensure they picked up all three points.
Speaking after the game, Lowestoft manager Jamie Godbold was understandably thrilled.
"We are obviously delighted and the cheer at the final whistle was fantastic.
"To have 460 or so people turn up for the game, it was the biggest midweek attendance we've had at the Crown Meadow since we played Billericay two years ago - and the support helped us over the line."
Delighted to have a first win under their belts, the Blues boss was pleased with the three points, a clean sheet and the first home win "of hopefully many" in the season.
"It was a hard fought win and one I felt we just about deserved," Godbold said.
"St Ives are an extremely hard working, organised, disciplined side.
"There was a sense of deja vu at half time as I remembered clearly the same fixture at home last season where our performance on the night was very good but we just couldn't find a way past their goalkeeper and ended up losing the game 1-0 in the last minute.
"I think our opening two games have given the squad and the supporters a lot of confidence for the season."
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Match details

Match date

Tue 13, Aug 2019






Premier Division Central

League position

Lowestoft Town
St Ives Town