by Chris Lakey
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Craig Fleming insists Lowestoft Town will pay opponents Haverhill Rovers the utmost respect when the teams clash in the Suffolk Premier Cup tonight.
The Trawlerboys have struggled in the Ryman League Premier Division recently, and while victory on neutral territory at AFC Sudbury tonight could provide a welcome confidence boost, Fleming is taking nothing for granted against a side sitting mid-table in the Ridgeons League top flight.
“I am a great believer in going into every game determined to win it,” said Town’s joint manager.
“I used to be like that when I played in the FA Cup – you cannot take any game of football lightly. I don’t think it is possible to do it. Every game you go into, you go in to win – it’s very simple.
“Of course, if someone gave me the choice of winning this semi-final or winning promotion, then it’s obvious what I’d do – but there isn’t a choice like that to be made. We will pay Haverhill every due respect. No one should think for one minute that this is a shoo-in because it isn’t.
“Haverhill are a decent side and like us they will fancy a final at Portman Road.”
The added incentive, should Lowestoft need one, is that bitter rivals Bury Town await in the final – although former Norwich skipper Fleming has played down the significance of patrolling the touchline at the home of Ipswich Town.
“This has nothing to do with my playing days at Norwich,” he said. “It’s about Lowestoft Town and getting us into a final. Where that final is played isn’t really relevant to be honest.”