Big match experience could be crucial to Lowestoft Town in title duel

Lowestoft Town Football Club 2012- 2013 season.Craig FlemingPicture: James Bass

Lowestoft Town Football Club 2012- 2013 season.Craig FlemingPicture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Lowestoft Town director of football Craig Fleming is hoping his squad's big match experience could prove the difference when league leaders Whitehawk come to Crown Meadow tomorrow, kick-off 3pm.

The Blues have the chance to lay down a big marker in the title race when they face the Sussex outfit, who are 17 points ahead of the Trawlerboys having played six games more.

Lowestoft cannot afford to lose on Saturday if they are to overhaul their opponents but Fleming insists the game won't hold any fears for his side.

'There's no getting away from the fact that it is a very big game,' said the former Norwich City defender. 'Our lads are used to that from the last few seasons so it won't hold any fear for them. But win, lose or draw there is still a long way to go in the season after the weekend.

'Nothing will be decided on the day in terms of the title race.

'Of course, it would be a massive confidence boost if we could get the victory, just as it would be for them. But we've still got some very big games to come and there will be more twists and turns after Saturday.'

After enduring six consecutive postponements at the start of the year it is now that the fixture backlog really starts to bite.

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Hastings come to Crown Meadow on Monday, just over 48 hours after the visit of Whitehawk, before Lowestoft take on Ipswich Town on Wednesday in the semi-finals of the Suffolk Premier Cup at Walmer Road.

The cup clash was originally going to take place at Crown Meadow but, following complaints by Bury Town and Leiston, who meet in the other semi-final, Suffolk FA decided to take the game to a neutral venue.

Fleming believes his side are being put at a big disadvantage thanks to the scheduling.

'It's a ludicrous situation – we had sorted out the game at our place on Wednesday and then after some complaints the FA have changed their minds,' he said.

'There's just been a complete lack of common sense over it.

'It's a huge disadvantage for us to have to deal with but we've got to try and use the amount of games we have to build momentum and kick on.'