Goalkeeper Marcus Garnham to keep place for Lowestoft Town’s home clash with Corby

Lowestoft Town goalkeeper Marcus Garnham. Picture by Greg Kwasnik/Focus Images Ltd

Lowestoft Town goalkeeper Marcus Garnham. Picture by Greg Kwasnik/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Greg Kwasnik/Focus Images Ltd

Lowestoft Town boss Ady Gallagher insists he hasn't got a difficult choice to make over his goalkeeper for the Blues' clash at home to Corby Town this afternoon.

Jake Jessup was given the nod at the start of the season but missed the Trawlerboys' defeat at AFC Fylde last weekend due to work commitments and Marcus Garnham impressed in the former Great Yarmouth stopper's absence.

Garnham will therefore keep his place, according to Gallagher, who wants his players to know that as long as they keep performing they will maintain their place in his starting XI.

'Marcus has come in and done very well,' he said. 'When Jake said he was unavailable I said to him that if Marcus performed well then he would keep his place.

'Jake understands that – it's just unfortunate the way it has worked out for him but we've got two very good goalkeepers vying for one place.

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'That doesn't just apply to the goalkeeper's spot. If someone comes in and plays well then they will keep their spot in the side – that's the way it has got to be. If players feel that hasn't happened then they've got every right to be banging on my door.'

After starting the season with consecutive wins Lowestoft have gone down to three defeats in a row, although Gallagher isn't concerned by his side's recent run.

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The Blues chief, inset, believes it is only a matter of time before his squad starts turning performances into points.

'I said after the Nuneaton game that if we were to be ultra critical it would be that we need to start taking some of the half chances that have come our way,' he added. 'That was even more in evidence against Fylde. I believe we are playing very well and we are creating chances. The only time you start to worry as a manager is if you stop getting those opportunities.

'We've got players that are going to score goals this season – not just Reedy (Jake Reed) and Crowy (Danny Crow). You've also got Ryan Jarvis and Hendo (Chris Henderson) that will chip in as well.'

Lowestoft will be without Adam Smith this afternoon due to an Achilles problem whilst Scott Mitchell remains a doubt with a groin injury.

Joe Marsden is back in the fold after an ankle problem sustained in pre-season but Dan Gleeson's long-standing back problem is likely to mean another outing for makeshift centre-half pairing, Jack Ainsley and Rossi Jarvis.

Gallagher insists he is working overtime to address the shortfall at the heart of his defence.

'We've had offers on the table for players but so far they haven't come off,' he said. 'We are hopeful of getting one in within the next fortnight but you just never know.'

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