Former Norwich City contingent proving vital for Lowestoft Town

Michael Spillane impressed in defence for Lowestoft Town (blue) against Alfreton. Picture: Nick Butc

Michael Spillane impressed in defence for Lowestoft Town (blue) against Alfreton. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The latest influx of former Norwich City players are starting to find their feet at Lowestoft Town.

The progress of the likes of Michael Spillane and Ryan Jarvis is being held up this weekend however, after the Trawlerboys' FA Trophy first round tie was postponed.

The Blues were due to travel to Essex to face Concord Rangers today but the match has been put on hold, as Concord have to replay their third qualifying round tie again.

The Beach Boys had fielded on-loan Braintree striker Jordan Cox in their 3-1 win over Sutton United, unaware that he was ineligible to play without permission from the FA. That has led to Concord being ordered to travel to Sutton for a replay on Wednesday, with the winner to host Lowestoft in the first round.

That gives Ady Gallagher's team a welcome rest weekend, as they prepare to try and continue their six-match unbeaten run.

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That was extended with a 1-0 league victory aver Alfreton last Saturday and a 4-2 win at Haverhill Rovers in the Suffolk Premier Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.

The Alfreton win, in gusty conditions, saw eight Canaries academy products in the starting line-up – with former Luton Town player Spillane impressing at centre-back.

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The 26-year-old joined from Sutton in September, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal, and made a rusty start to his Blues career. He was sent off in his third match, in the 4-1 loss at Curzon Ashton but since serving his two-match suspension the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has started to shine in central defence.

'He is a very comfortable footballer sometimes, he can risk playing a bit too much, but what he is is strong,' Gallagher said after the Alfreton success. 'He's looking fitter with every game and is an excellent footballer for us.

'He's been really strong and he leads the line well for us but we've got a lot of good footballers at the club.

'One thing I've never doubted is that we've got the quality to do well, it's all the other little bits and pieces which make the difference.'

Of the starting XI against Alfreton, goalkeeper Ben Killip is also on loan from Norwich, with full-backs Harry Barker and Adam Smith, midfielder Harvey Hodd and striker Danny Crow all formerly with the Canaries as well.

Brother Rossi and Ryan Jarvis complete the set, with Ryan playing the killer pass in the 1-0 win to set Jake Reed clean through for the game's crucial goal.

Gallagher added: 'The pass was tremendous, one of the best passes of the game certainly, defence-splitting and Reedy was on it like a shot and it was a great little lift over the keeper to finish a real top-quality goal in horrible conditions.'

The Trawlerboys are due to return to action next Saturday, when they travel to bottom-of-the-table AFC Telford United, who they beat 3-0 at Crown Meadow on the opening day of the season.

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