Lowestoft Town 1 Wroxham 0
16:51 19 July 2014
(C) Archant Norfolk 2014
Lowestoft Town continued their preparations for their Conference North campaign with a 1-0 win over Wroxham courtesy of Shaun Bammant’s first-half strike.
The former Dereham man struck in the 20th minute after capitalising on hesitancy in the Yachtsmen defence to slide the ball home from close range.
The Blues’ class told on a baking hot afternoon and looked the more likely to add to their score, both Bammant and Jefferson Louis came close to doubling their advantage.
Wroxham looked threatening on several occasions through the lively Remy Gordon but their approach play was often more impressive than their end product.
A minor Achilles injury sidelined Sam Gaughran meaning Curtis Haynes-Brown moved in from left back alongside Dan Gleeson at the heart of the defence. Adam Smith came in on the left side of the defence in front of Jake Jessup, who was deputising for Ashlee Jones due to a shoulder injury.
Robert Eagle started in left midfield whilst Andrew Fisk made his first appearance of pre-season in central midfield at the expense of Erkan Okay. Chris Henderson, who came off with a thigh injury last weekend against Needham Market, allayed any fears of a long lay-off by lining up on the right wing, charged with the task of providing the ammunition for the front pairing of Shaun Bammant and Jefferson Louis.
The first real chance of the afternoon arrived in the 18th minute as Eagle made good progress down the left before delivering a fine cross for Louis, who glanced just wide.
Two minutes later Lowestoft got the breakthrough as the Yachtsmen failed to clear their lines, allowing Bammant to steal in and steer the ball home from 10 yards.
The Blues weren’t having it all their own way though as a poor header by Adam Smith allowed Tim Cary to get behind the Lowestoft back four. However, his pull back from the by line was intercepted by Dan Gleeson, who appeared to hurt his knee in the process.
The Lowestoft skipper soldiered on to half-time and his side could have been 2-0 in front at the break when fine interplay between Bammant and Adam Smith allowed the latter to get behind the Wroxham defence and his inch-perfect cross found Louis but the striker’s header was weak and straight at Elliott Pride.
Bammant then almost got his second of the afternoon but saw his volley whistle just over the bar.
Wroxham came out the blocks the quicker after half-time and could have been level within a minute of the restart. Remy Gordon got free down the left and his drilled cross was almost put through his own net by Adam Smith at the back post.
Henderson’s work for the afternoon was done on the hour mark with Joe Marsden coming on in his place against his former club. Marsden wasted no time in adjusting to the pace of the game as he tested Pride’s handling with a 20-yard drive after good hold-up play by Louis.
The raft of substitutions by both sides disrupted any kind of flow to the game in the second period as both managers gave their players important minutes ahead of the new season.
Blues substitute David Radomski almost put a gloss on the scoreline for Lowestoft but his volleyed effort from 10 yards was easily saved by Luis Tibbles.
- Lowestoft Town (4-4-2): Jessup, Ainsley, Gleeson (Okay 46), Haynes-Brown, A Smith, Henderson (Marsden 60), Jarvis, Fisk, Eagle, Bammant (Mills 60), Louis (Radomski 74). Subs not used: Lukasik, Edwards-King.