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Lowestoft boss Brooks sees some light at the end of the tunnel

PUBLISHED: 13:27 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:27 13 April 2018

Lowestoft's Harvey Hodd celebrates after scoring the first goal against Hendon in midweek. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft's Harvey Hodd celebrates after scoring the first goal against Hendon in midweek. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft Town at last have a little breathing space as they battle to avoid relegation from the top flight of the Bostik League.

The cash-strapped Blues ended a miserable run of five straight defeats on Tuesday evening when they beat Hendon 2-1 at the Amber Dew Events Stadium.

They were unable to follow that up in Thursday’s re-arranged game at Harrow Borough, with a below-strength team being thrashed 6-0, but remain in a strong position with the finishing line approaching.

Tuesday’s win lifted Dale Brooks’ side four points above bottom team Tooting & Mitcham, who have played one more game, with only one team going down.

The Londoners, who also have a vastly inferior goal difference, have only three matches left, as do Burgess Hill, who also remain four points adrift following Thursday’s home defeat against Leatherhead.

There is a chance the Trawlerboys could stay up even if they lost their last four games – but understandably Brooks doesn’t look at the situation from that point of view.

“Obviously it’s nice to have a little cushion and we know Tooting & Mitcham will have to win a couple of games to put us under pressure, but we have got to focus on ourselves and get the results we need,” he said.

“I thought the lads were excellent against Hendon and we have got to try and maintain that sort of form between now and the end of the season.

“It was a massive three points, there’s no doubt about that. We were playing a good side who are challenging for the play-offs and gave a really good account of ourselves.

“We had a little bit of luck at times but I think we were due that, and we showed great spirit to come away with the win. I was able to field a strong side and I think that really made a difference.”

Brooks is hoping this side will be nearer to full strength for the visit to Metropolitan Police this afternoon.

A hectic spell then continues on Tuesday evening when Wingate & Finchley visit the Amber Dew Events stadium (7.45pm).

Lowestoft need to pick up six points from their remaining four fixtures to be absolutely sure of not finishing bottom.

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