Lowestoft Town 3, Chippenham Town 1 (aet)
FA TROPHY: Lowestoft moved into the next round of the FA Trophy after a hard-fought replay win over Chippenham.
Two goals – one made and the other scored by sub Danny Bloomfield - in the second period of extra-time saw the Blues through to a third qualifying round home tie against Swindon Supermarine, although coach Craig Fleming was the first to admit Lowestoft had to 'win ugly'.
'I'm happy with the result, but the performance left a little bit to be desired,' said Fleming. 'It was horrible really, that's the only way to describe it. It was blustery, a bit bobbly, playing against a very direct side. It wasn't pretty and I am not going to hide the fact that we didn't play as well as we can.
'But we battled hard, we stuck with it and we got the result.'
Once again there was little between the sides until two goals in the space of three minutes, swung the tie in Lowestoft's favour.
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'It was close, like the first game,' said Fleming. 'They just bash balls in, there are lots of balls bouncing in the air. It's like when I first started playing against the old Wimbledon side. They just play percentage football and it's very difficult to get it down and play.
'But fair play to our lads, they showed another side to their game, they competed and battled.
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'This is what we preach to them – we know we can outplay football sides in and around our level, and now we are proving as well we can compete with the physical sides as well.'
On-loan Ipswich keeper Ian McLaughlin kept his place for Lowestoft, who made just one change from the team which drew in the west country, with the suspended Andrew Fisk replaced by Jamie Forshaw, while Ashley Edenborough swapped places with weekend sub Allison for the visitors.
It was the visitors who had the first big chance, when Alan Griffin flicked on a throw-in for Ashley Edenborough to make ground but then, from an acute angle on the right, slide the ball wide of McLoughlan and the far post.
Lowestoft broke the deadlock on 21 minutes, when Andrew Cave-Brown swung in a cross from the right, Joe Francis nodded it back, Forshaw flicked it on in the area and Lee McGlone, standing a yard in front of the advancing keeper, headed it through his arms and into the net.
The hosts had the increasingly strong wind at their backs for the second half, but Adam Smith needed no assistance as he sent in an early sighter, a free-kick from 20 yards which keeper Chris Snoddy grabbed above his head.
Ashley Williams was given a talking-to but no more for another aerial clash, this time with Stuart Ainsley, as the Blues continued to press.
Chippenham had claims for a penalty turned down on the hour when Curtis Haynes-Brown chased down Edenborough, making contact just as the ball went out of play – Iain Harvey was booked for dissent in the aftermath.
It sparked perhaps Chippenham's first real spell of pressure on the home goal – and from a quick throw on the right they levelled, Griffin getting too much space in the area and firing a low right-footer across the keeper into the corner of the net.
Ainsley hit the top netting as he tried to lob Snoddy, but the game was in the balance – and it nearly tipped Chippenham's way when a poor punch by McLoughlan gave Griffin a shot on goal, but Haynes-Brown cleared off the line. Griffin won a chase for a loose ball which left McLoughlan stranded way out of his area, but Chippenham couldn't take advantage, and the game headed into extra-time,
It was then that Bloomfield changed the game. He had already been denied by Snoddy after chasing a long ball before he was set free in the area by Adrian Forbes but upended by Edenborough with 10 minutes remaining, Ainsley calmly slotted home from the penalty spot to put the Blues ahead.
Bloomfield then finished the game off on 112 minutes, chasing a Jamie Goldbold through ball and clipping a superb effort over the advancing keeper.
• Lowestoft: McLoughlan, Cave-Brown, Haynes-Brown, Crane, Smith, Forbes, Mitchell, Ainsley, Francis (Godbold, 68), McGlone (Halliday, 103), Forshaw (Bloomfield, 87). Subs: Gaughran, Reynolds.
• Chippenham: Snoddy, Martin, Tindle, Williams, Casey (Rudge, 65), Kite, Lye, Gullick (Powell 108), Griffin, Edenborough, Harvey (Allison, 65). Subs: Halliday.
• Referee: Lee Betts (Norfolk)
• Attendance: 577
• Goals: Lowestoft: McGlone (21), Ainsley (pen, 109), Bloomfield (112).
Chippenham: Griffin (63)
• Booking: Lowestoft: Haynes-Brown (foul on Edenborough, 76)
Chippenham: Harvey (dissent, 60)