Fleming believes Lowestoft Town ready to pressure title rivals
Lowestoft Town director of football Craig Fleming believes the Blues have finally emerged from their poor recent run and are ready to put pressure on their title rivals.
The Blues' 1-0 victory at home to Aveley last weekend halted a run of three consecutive defeats in all competitions and, with leaders Billericay and AFC Horchurch also dropping points over the last seven days, promotion could be back on the agenda.
Lowestoft travel to Metropolitan Police this afternoon (kick-off 3pm) and Fleming wants all facets of the club to pull together over the coming weeks to achieve their goals.
'Despite recent results we are still right in the shake-up at the top of the table,' said Fleming. 'We have got to get a bit of a buzz around the place. We've been in a semi-final, we're in another and we're fighting it out for the title.
'We've all got to stick together - players, management team, committee and supporters. If we can get that buzz around the club then there's no reason we can't achieve what we want to do.'
'There are going to be times when we struggle a little bit. There's no getting away from the fact that we've been going through a tough time but as long as we stick together then we'll get through it.
'Results haven't been doing for us and some performances have been a bit indifferent but every team across the land goes through these types of spells - it's how you come out of them that's important. That was a big win (against Aveley) and one that we needed. That will go a long way to restoring a bit of confidence.'
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Lowestoft currently sit eight points off top spot with two games in hand while second-placed Hornchurch are also five points better off than the Blues having played a game more.
Whilst the title race is out of Lowestoft's hands, Fleming believes there will be several twists and turns over the next two months as demonstrated by Hornchurch's surprise defeat at home to Hastings on Tuesday night.
'If you take one look at the table then there's no need to be negative about it – we are still right in the shake-up and if we can get back to the form we know we are capable of then we're in for an exciting run-in.
'I didn't see that Hornchurch result coming but there are going to be results like that. We have seen that all season in this league and I don't see any reason why that won't continue.
'We've just got to maintain our focus and concentrate on ourselves – that's the only thing we can affect.'
Dale Cockrill remains sidelined with a long-standing back injury and Greg Crane is still struggling with a hamstring problem.
Nathan Stone is also unavailable but Fleming is confident the Blues have enough in their squad to gain a result this afternoon.
'They're a good side – I was impressed when they came to our place and deserved a draw. We've got a couple of little knocks but we're going to be going there looking for victory, just as we always do.'