Lowestoft Town hoping to capitalise on others’ fixture congestion
08:30 15 February 2014
Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman insists the Blues can still make the play-offs ahead of their Ryman League Premier clash at home to Enfield Town this afternoon (kick-off 3pm).
The Trawlerboys are currently seven points off the play-offs having played a game more than fifth-placed Bognor Regis but Chapman believes his side are not out of the promotion picture.
“We are just outside the play-offs and we always said that if we could be there or thereabouts after Christmas then we would fancy ourselves,” he said. “We need to establish a level of consistency quickly. If we can put a run of results together then the whole picture changes.”
Unlike recent seasons Lowestoft aren’t at least facing a backlog of games despite the recent postponements and Chapman hopes that will count in the Blues’ favour.
“It makes a bit of a change for us,” he said.
“We’re normally playing catch-up at this point but we’ve done well to fit in a lot of our games so hopefully that will keep our boys fresh as some of the other sides try and make up the ground. But all we can do is concentrate on the things that we can affect but anything can happen between now and the end of the season.”
Lowestoft’s match at Wealdstone last weekend fell foul of the weather and their clash this afternoon is also in doubt - a pitch inspection is planned for 8.30am. However, Chapman insisted the squad has been preparing for the match to go ahead to ensure they are mentally right if the game goes ahead.
“The boys have to keep doing their training away from the club and we trust them to do that because they are a good set of lads,” said Chapman, who is comfident Curtley Williams can shake off the dead leg that forced him to be substituted against Wealdstone last time out. “We had a message from the groundsman saying that one end of the pitch is very heavy so if we get a lot more rain then it could be in doubt.
“But we will be preparing for it to go ahead - if it stays dry between now and Saturday then we’ve got a great chance of getting it on.”