Lowestoft head for Tamworth in search of first Conference North away win

Lowestoft Town joint manager, Ady Gallagher during the FA Trophy match at Priory Lane, Eastbourne. P

Lowestoft Town joint manager, Ady Gallagher during the FA Trophy match at Priory Lane, Eastbourne. Picture by Paul Terry/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Terry/Focus Images Limited

Lowestoft Town will play Dover Athletic in the first round proper of the FA Trophy after finally landing a home tie at the 15th time of asking.

Before yesterday's draw the Trawlerboys had been drawn away from home on 14 consecutive occasions in either the FA Cup or the FA Trophy. However, that run was ended yesterday as they will welcome the Conference Premier outfit to Crown Meadow on Saturday, December 13.

'It's been a long time coming – when you're looking at the draw, the first thing you want is to be at home,' said Gallagher, whose side earned their place in the first round proper thanks to a 2-1 win at Eastbourne Borough on Saturday. 'With them being in the Conference Premier you know we are going to be up against top opposition.

'They have been in superb form recently and it's going to be a massive test for us. But it's been a while since we had a big cup tie at Crown Meadow and we're really excited about it.'

Lowestoft must put their Trophy run on the backburner this evening when they travel to Tamworth as they look for their first away win in the Conference North.

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The Trawlerboys lost to a Brendon Daniels strike in the FA Cup third qualifying round before gaining revenge in the league at the Meadow in a 3-2 win.

Gallagher knows his side must match the physicality of their opponents if they are to claim the three points.

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'I think that both games have been very close. When we went there in the FA Cup we didn't really have a lot of players to choose from. They have been scrapping for results and we need to do the same. I've been pleased with our form recently and think we've started to show a bit of consistency as we get players back.'

Dan Gleeson will be back in contention tonight although the match will come too soon for Lee Smith (back) and Andrew Fisk (knee).

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