Fitting end to Blues' brilliant campaign

Jonathan RedheadLowestoft Town 3, Tilbury 0: Craig Fleming said helping to guide Lowestoft Town to league glory has been one of the highlights of his illustrious career.Jonathan Redhead

Lowestoft Town 3, Tilbury 0

Craig Fleming said helping to guide Lowestoft Town to league glory has been one of the highlights of his illustrious career.

The Blues marked the finale to their title-winning season in style at Crown Meadow on Saturday with a champions' performance before collecting the Ryman League Division One North trophy in front of more than 1,100 fans in the sunshine.

Goals from Dale Cockrill, Gary McGee, on his 400th first team appearance, and leading scorer Matt Nolan ensured Town finished the campaign with more than 100 points and 100 goals to their name for the second season in a row.

And Fleming, part of the management team alongside Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher, insisted it was the perfect end to a great season.

'Brilliant,' he said. 'The players have been brilliant all season long you could probably count on one hand the blips we've had really.

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'They've been tremendous, absolutely tremendous, and I can't speak highly enough of them.

'I've said it all along that this place has got unbelievable potential and I really do think that and I just hope we can keep it going.'

The former Norwich City defender, who played more than 380 games for the Canaries and joined the Blues' staff at the start of the 2008/09 season, rates the Blues' success as one of the high points of his career.

'Winning the league with Norwich was an unbelievable achievement and getting to the Premiership, but this is up there with it, to be honest with you,' he said.

'It's different when you're coaching, you can get more pride out of it when the players go out and play well and do what you ask them to do and they way they get the ball down and play - it's a totally different feeling.

'When you're playing you're more in control of it yourself and your mind's on the game, but when you're on the touchline and you see certain things you've worked on come off then it's very pleasing.'

The home side dominated possession and territory against the Dockers, but it took them until the stroke of half-time to earn the lead.

Joe Francis saw his low shot from 25 yards fumbled by keeper Andy Hall and Cockrill was on hand to thrash in the rebound.

It was a route-one goal which doubled the lead midway through the second-half.

Home keeper Andy Reynolds sent a long free-kick into the Tilbury half, Nolan flicked on and McGee out-paced Danny Smith before lifting the ball beyond the onrushing Hall.

The final goal came 17 minutes from the end. The Blues played more than 20 passes before skipper Jamie Godbold picked up the ball on the right-wing and sent a deep, curling cross to the far post where Nolan, the supporters' player of the year, was on hand to volley home.

It's onwards and upwards for the Blues - the Ryman League Premier Division beware.

Town: Reynolds, Plaskett, Smith, Halliday, Crane, Holt, Dale Cockrill (Fisk 45), Godbold, Francis (Bussens, 80), Nolan, McGee (Bloomfield, 71). Subs not used: Potter, Forshaw.