Blues set sights on more trophies
KEITH PEEL Newly-crowned Ridgeons League champions Lowestoft Town now have their sights on an unprecedented four-trophy haul.palding at Crown Meadow today (3pm) in an East Anglian Cup semi-final.
Newly-crowned Ridgeons League champions Lowestoft Town now have their sights on an unprecedented four-trophy haul.
The Blues, who clinched the title with a 2-1 defeat of Needham Market in front of 844 jubilant fans on Saturday, play Spalding at Crown Meadow today (3pm) in an East Anglian Cup semi-final.
They then meet Leiston on Friday (7pm) at Ipswich Town's Portman Road ground in the Suffolk Premier Cup final. And the following Wednesday they take on AFC Sudbury at Diss Town's ground (7.45pm) in the Ridgeons League Cup final.
“Winning the championship is what clubs strive for and it's a magical day in Lowestoft's history,” said joint manager Micky Chapman.
“It's bigger than any of the cups, but, that said, we'll now be doing our best to win more silverware.”
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Champions for the past five seasons, Sudbury had to settle for third place in the Premier Division this time after losing 2-1 to third from bottom Norwich United at Plantation Park, where Paul Abrahams scored their late consolation goal.
Bury Town finish runners-up, two points behind Lowestoft, after beating Woodbridge 7-2, with James Tatham hitting a hat-trick.
Fourth-placed Wisbech Town completed their programme with a below-par display in a 3-1 win over second from bottom Harwich at Fenland Park.
“We didn't play well at all,” lamented manager Dick Creasey. “I'm disappointed we didn't finish the season with a good show for the supporters.”
The Fenmen's goals came from Scott Cubberley, Liam Nimmo and leading scorer Liam Harrold, who was voted player of the year by the club's supporters.
Steve Appleby was runner-up, with Wayne Morris third.
Wroxham finish eighth in the table after a 4-3 defeat at Mildenhall, where their goals came via Ben Furlong, Gavin Lemmon and an opponent.
Former Dereham player Chris Bacon hit a hat-trick for Mildenhall, with Niall Inman also on target.
Diss Town beat Cambridge City Reserves 5-0 and finish 11th, just above Norfolk Senior Cup winners Dereham Town, who lost 2-0 to Newmarket at Aldiss Park in their final fixture.
Jake Berry, Jordan Blyth, Luke Goreham, Coren Hardy and Danny White were the Tangerines' marksmen.
Kirkley finished 14th, one place above King's Lynn Reserves.
Swaffham Town were Norfolk's highest-placed team in Division One, finishing ninth after a 3-2 defeat at March in their final fixture.
Fakenham Town won 1-0 at Downham Market to finish 11th, two places above Yarmouth Town, who lost 5-0 to champions Stanway Rovers at Wellesley Road.
Gorleston, beaten 1-0 by Saffron Walden, finished fifth from bottom, two places above Downham Town, with Thetford Town bottom, below Hadleigh on goal difference.
t Lowestoft-based Tudor Rose won their first Suffolk Sunday Cup final at Walmer Road yesterday, when they beat local rivals Notleys 1882 3-0. They led 1-0 at the break through Lee Fisher and added second-half strikes by Nicholas Stokeld and Peter Belmore to take the trophy.