Lowestoft braced for Billericay test

Lowestoft Town's man of the moment Jamie Forshaw insists the Blues will be ready to come back down to earth tonight against Billericay Town in the Ryman League Premier Division at Crown Meadow. (7.45pm)

Forshaw's dramatic injury time FA Trophy winner against Swindon Supermarine on Saturday clinched a home tie in the first round proper against Southern League, Division One Central side Uxbridge on December 11.

But Forshaw insists any thoughts of further cup progress are on hold with Lowestoft ready for another physical battle against a Billericay team they beat 3-1 earlier this season.

'They were a really tough team when we played them away,' he said. 'It will be a tough battle but we've got a strong squad that will be able to cope. It was brilliant to get the win on Saturday but all the lads will be focusing on the league now starting on Tuesday night.'

Forshaw had to be patient to play his matchwinning role at the weekend, coming on as a second half substitute before netting the winner.


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'They asked me to just go on and win the game for us. I did that and it's up to me to push on from here now and carry on scoring goals when I get the chance. We knew it was going to be a hard game. We came out for a battle and we stood up to that.'

First team coach Craig Fleming believes the management team will have no problems getting the squad to re-focus.

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'We will get them up for it again,' he said. 'They're a tough team. We had a hell of a game at their place. They are a big, physical side and we produced an excellent performance to get three points there. Hopefully we will have a few numbers back by then as well.'

The Blues' management have fitness concerns over Andrew Fisk (flu) Adrian Forbes (knee) and Scott Mitchell (groin). Striker Matt Nolan is still a couple of weeks away from full fitness as he looks to see off an Achilles injury.

Meanwhile, joint boss Ady Gallagher admits Lowestoft will again be favourites to progress to the last 32 of the FA Trophy. Uxbridge currently play one step below Lowestoft in the non league pyramid but pulled off one of the shocks of the previous round with a 4-2 away win at Conference South Maidenhead.

'The cup is littered with upsets and we have to make sure we are not one of those,' he said. 'We didn't have the FA Cup run we would have liked, but this for us is the next biggest national competition. I think the club has never been beyond the second round proper as well so we would like to emulate that and the club would obviously welcome the financial boost from a good run. This club is progressing at such a rate we need to keep pushing the boundaries and making history.

'We wanted a home draw and we got that. They might be a league lower but no-one here will take them lightly or fail to give them the respect they deserve. They went to Maidenhead and knocked them out so we will be fully prepared by the time the game comes around. It is so true that form goes out of the window and we can't afford to take them for granted.'

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