Lowestoft Town braced for Wealdstone backlash
10:59 08 April 2014
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Lowestoft Town travel to Ryman League Premier Division champions-elect Wealdstone this evening with joint boss Ady Gallagher braced for a backlash.
The Kent outfit’s surprise 2-1 defeat at Metropolitan Police on Saturday ensured the champagne remained on ice but the leaders have another chance to wrap up the title against the Blues tonight.
The Trawlerboys have to look after their own agenda as they chase a play-off spot, buoyed by their 2-1 win at Hampton & Richmond on Saturday. And Gallagher is confident his side maintain their own promotion charge.
“Wealdstone will be champions in the next week or so and they deserve it because they have been the most consistent team in the division,” said Gallagher, whose side drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture in February. “They will be smarting from losing at the weekend and we’re prepared for a backlash. But we’ve got a good record against them and I think we’ve already proved this season that we can compete against anyone in this league.”
Lowestoft remained four points outside the play-off zone following their win on Saturday but their challenge for promotion was boosted recently by the acquisition of Shaun Bammant on loan from Dereham.
The big striker made his debut as a second half substitute against Hampton and Gallagher is confident the 24-year-old can have an impact on the Blues’ run-in.
“It was good to give him half an hour and he did very well,” he added. “He identified that there it is a step up from where he has been playing but he showed some really nice glimpses of what he can do.
“It’s nice to have another option in the squad and we’re going to need all the resources we’ve got between now and the end of the season.”
Bammant is likely to start on the bench again this evening with Michael Frew set to partner Jake Reed in attack.
Andrew Fisk is still struggling with a groin injury whilst Curtley Williams and Jack Ainsley are both trying to shrug off ankle knocks.