Frew marks return with instant goal

Mildenhall Town 1, Lowestoft Town 4: After conceding an early goal Lowestoft Town went on to dominate their latest pre-season friendly at Ridgeons League Mildenhall Town.

With just four minutes played the Lowestoft back four were caught square and home striker John Sands beat keeper Andy Reynolds in a race to walk the ball into an unguarded net.

But Lowestoft were back on terms two minutes later as Adrian Forbes' powerful run into the area was ended when he was brought down and he stepped up to blast the resultant penalty into the roof of the net.

Lowestoft were soon dominating possession and it took a fine diving save from Josh Pope to parry a fierce Adam Smith with Russell Stock only able to turn the rebound into the side netting.

Lowestoft moved ahead on the half hour when Scott Mitchell, Erkan Okay and Stock combined to release Lubo Guentchev, who cut inside his full-back before shooting home from an acute angle. Both Guentchev and Stock had shots blocked as the Trawlerboys looked to extend their lead before the break.

The second half brought several changes to both sides but the pattern of play remained as Lowestoft pressed forward.

The third goal arrived in the 51st minute. A left wing corner was only partially cleared and was played back to Mitchell, whose shot was parried by Pope, leaving Jamie Forshaw the simple task on knocking the ball into the net from close range.

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Pope did well to turn a Stock header over the bar from an excellent Guentchev cross and Forshaw blazed another chance over the bar. With 15 minutes left Lowestoft introduced Michael Frew for his first taste of action since breaking his ankle at the beginning of April – and there were smiles all round as he rose high at the far post to head home a Jamie Godbold cross with his first touch of the ball just a minute later.

• Lowestoft Town: Reynolds, Okay (Woodrow), Smith, Mitchell, Crane (Gaughran), Marsden, Guentchev (Godbold), Ainsley (Fisk), Stock (Frew), Forbes (Forshaw), Henderson (Francis).

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