Blues face Vase challenge

All roads lead to Newcastle for Lowestoft Town on Saturday as the Blues bid to earn a place in the last 16 of the FA Vase.The Blues face a round trip of more than 600 miles for the clash against Newcastle Benfield Bay Plastics, but manager Micky Chapman is in confident mood.

All roads lead to Newcastle for Lowestoft Town on Saturday as the Blues bid to earn a place in the last 16 of the FA Vase.

The Blues face a round trip of more than 600 miles for the clash against Newcastle Benfield Bay Plastics, but manager Micky Chapman is in confident mood.

“We're looking forward to the challenge and are going there to do everything we can to beat them and be in the hat at 5pm tomorrow,” he said.

“We've been in this position a few times - we want to progress and believe we can do it.”


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With a seven-match winning run behind them, the Blues are in a confident frame of mind for the last-32 clash.

Lowestoft - one of six Suffolk teams left in the competition - are looking to emulate their best ever FA Vase run and reach the final 16 once more.

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“We go to Newcastle looking forward to the match as we aim to turn in a good performance and cause them problems,” Chapman said.

“We hope Lady Luck shines on us as you need that bit of luck in cup competitions. If we do our jobs individually, collectively it will come right.

“But with the quality we've got in our squad, if we work hard we can hopefully continue our good run and get a result.”

The Blues are taking a strong 18-man squad but will be without Dale Cockrill, who is suspended but travels, and skipper Marcus Saunders, who is doubtful.

Gary McGee returns after suspension and there's encouraging news surrounding the fitness of Carl Poppy as he makes the trip as well.

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