Fan factor could be vital in Lowestoft Town’s National League North survival battle
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Lowestoft Town boss Ady Gallagher wants fans to raise the roof and roar the Blues to survival, starting against Gainsborough Trinity this afternoon.
The Trawlerboys return to Crown Meadow today in desperate need of victory after defeat to Solihull last weekend left them two points from safety, albeit with two games in hand.
Lowestoft's relegation fight has taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks when they followed up a crushing defeat to fellow strugglers Brackley with another loss at leaders Solihull Moors.
But Lowestoft return to the relative sanctuary of the Meadow and Gallagher hopes the home support can make the difference as they battle to stay in the National League North.
'We are calling on the supporters to give the lads a lift, stay positive in their support and keep encouraging the lads – it really does transmit on the pitch,' urged Gallagher.
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'The support has been really good throughout the season and we need it to continue.
'There has been a bit more noise around the Meadow this year and the vast majority of supporters are really getting behind the lads.'
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Lowestoft can only look on with envy at the plight of today's opponents Gainsborough, who sit comfortably in mid-table and clear of any trouble at the wrong end of the table.
Trinity also have little hope of making the play-offs and will be playing mainly for pride this afternoon – but Gallagher believes this could make them even more dangerous.
'They changed their manager in the last 10 days and got a response from the players (with a 1-0 win over Nuneaton),' he said.
'We've not played them this season so we've got nothing to judge them on first hand.
'We know that no one is going to roll over in this league.
'The opposition is tough and we're going to have to be at our best to get the result we need.
'But at the end of the day it is all about what we do. We know we've got the quality – we've just got to produce it at the right moments.'
His opposite number, Trinity's interim boss Dom Roma, admits it could get tough today.
'It certainly won't be pretty,' he said.
'The teams at the top are not playing pretty football at the moment and the teams at the bottom of the table are scrapping.'
Ryan Jarvis is the Blues' only fitness concern after missing last weekend's trip to Solihull with a virus. Gallagher hopes his side can continue where they left off as a much-improved second-half display almost netted an unlikely point at the leaders.
'The second-half performance is the kind of level that we're looking to produce on a consistent basis,' he added.
'If we look at how we played overall then we can take a lot of confidence from it, but we've got to be a bit better at both ends of the pitch.'
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