Blues chase magic treble

Lowestoft Town's season finally comes to a close tonight when they will be looking to complete a hat-trick of trophies - and complete their most successful season since 1978.

Lowestoft Town's season finally comes to a close tonight when they will be looking to complete a hat-trick of trophies - and complete their most successful season since 1978.

The Blues - the new force in East Anglian football - take on the vanquished, AFC Sudbury, at Diss' Brewers Green Lane in the final of the Ridgeons League Cup (7.45).

Having already collected the Ridgeons Premier Division title in a thrilling finish to the league season and the Suffolk Premier Cup last Friday, it would be a fitting end to the season - and maintain the pace that club officials hope will take them onwards and upwards in the next few years.

Promotion is the priority - but events on the field have to run in tandem with developments off it and marrying the two together won't be easy, particularly as the make-up of the next stage of the non-league football set-up looks to be as confused as ever. Lowestoft withdrew their application for promotion but have asked to be allowed to reconsider, following claims that they were misled.


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“What we want to do now is get a situation where we can get promotion,” said Cole. “We have an appeal in at the moment, although I am not optimistic about it and I anticipate we will be in the Ridgeons League again next season.”

Cole has seen the club end AFC Sudbury's five-year domination of the league, but insists they will not be sitting on their laurels.

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“As a club we need to get the ground ready and get the finances in place and then step up next season and take the club forward,” he said. “From here we can either go backwards or forwards. I don't see the point in winning the league for the next five years.

“We need to keep the team together and give it a serious chance of the title next season.

“But what we do off the pitch must be complemented on it. We need to keep winning to keep the fans coming.”

The fans have certainly turned out in force this season, and they've had plenty to enjoy, despite a poor start to the campaign.

“It's been an excellent season,” said Cole. “But after four games we were 21st in the league and had just one point.

“We haven't done this well since 1978, when we won four trophies and got to the first round of the FA Cup.”

Lowestoft could really rub salt into Sudbury's wounds tonight for what could be an historic game for the south Suffolk side, whgo may be appearing under the Ridgeons banner for the last time.

“We always have good games against them and I expect to see a few goals tomorrow,” said Cole.

“They have done the double over us in the league and we beat them in the Suffolk Cup semi-finals - it was after that win that they started to struggle a little.

“As far as we are concerned, our season ended perfectly because we won the games we had to win. We went to Wisbech and won and I thought then that it might prove to be the game that got us the title. And then in the last week, Wisbech won at Bury, and that ended the biggest challenge we had.”

The game will be Sudbury's last under the management of Gary Harvey and Michael Cheetham, with Mark Morsley taking over the reins.

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