Lowestoft set for Chelmsford test

Lowestoft Town continue their preparations for the forthcoming season with the visit of Chelmsford City to Crown Meadow this afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The match offers the chance for the Blues to test themselves against a Conference South side, while the management team are eager to field several trialists, as they did in the 1-0 defeat to Great Yarmouth on Wednesday evening.

Lowestoft joint boss Micky Chapman insisted that results are irrelevant to a certain extent at this stage of pre-season as it is all about getting the squad ready in time for the start of the Ryman League Premier season against Lewes on August 16.

'None of us like losing but results don't really matter at the moment,' said Chapman. 'Everything is geared to that first league game of the season and that's all that matters.

'We're taking the opportunity to have a look at a few more lads, who we think maybe able to do a job for us but we will see how it goes.

'Chelmsford will be a good test for our lads and will get us further down the road of match fitness.'

Adam Smith is likely to start after missing the midweek trip to Wellesley Road but Matt Nolan has suffered a minor injury setback and will not be available.

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The match will also come too soon for Dale Cockrill, who is nursing a groin injury while Michael Frew is continuing his rehabilitation from a broken ankle and won't feature.

Andy Reynolds, Jamie Godbold and Scott Mitchell are all unavailable through work commitments.

Meanwhile, Chapman insists that Curtis Haynes-Brown will bounce back from failing to win a contract at Crewe Alexandra after being on trial with the League Two club.

'It's disappointing for him but it's great news for Lowestoft Town,' said Chapman. 'He understands what football is all about and sometimes rejection is part of that. But just because he has been unsuccessful it does not mean he won't get another opportunity.'