History beckons as Lowestoft Town’s Trawlerboys prepare for most important match
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Today is the day that history could be written as Lowestoft Town step out on to the pitch for their biggest match to date.
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Just one game stands between Lowestoft Town and a place in the Football League Conference and Blues fans all over the county are being urged to back their team to glory as they take on AFC Hornchurch at Crown Meadow.
This will be the fourth successive season that The Trawlerboys have reached the play-off final, with club chairman Gary Keyzor confident that they have got what it takes to go all the way.
He said: 'Last year we were geared up for the play-offs because we knew we were involved for a few weeks before, but this year we were a bit unprepared because we were only involved last week.
'We've had a stressful four days getting everything sorted, but for things to go our way and get a home game in the final is just fantastic.
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'The players are focused and they have kept together as a unit, playing week in week out and getting the results.
'The final is a lottery and anything can happen but we've got the players to do it and the support from our fans has been immense.'
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The players gathered for a final training session on Saturday afternoon and will meet again today ahead of the 3pm kick off.
Fans are being encouraged to arrive at the ground early, even if you have already bought a ticket, to avoid congestion outside the ground. The gates, bars and catering facilities will be open from noon.
Sixty-six-year-old Brian Cleveland has been watching Lowestoft Town since he was five and is confident his team will walk away victorious.
He said: 'It has been heartbreaking for the last three years losing in the finals so they really deserve promotion.
'We've had an indifferent season but in the last third the players have really come together and are in really good form.
'There is a tremendous amount of support for them and if we can get a good turnout I think we've got a chance.'
AFC Hornchurch, from east London, were relegated from the Conference South last season.
They are expected to bring between 200 and 300 fans to the game.
Club secretary Terry Lynes, who has been involved with the club for 30 years, said: 'The team have worked their socks off all season and pitched together and they deserve to go up.'
Fans who have not yet bought their tickets will be able to do so at the turnstiles, while fans with tickets will enter the ground through a separate gate.
The match will be decided today with the possibility of extra time and penalties.