Lowestoft Town 5 Thamesmead 0

Lowestoft Town got their season up and running with an emphatic victory over Thamesmead at Crown Meadow.

Blues joint boss Micky Chapman challenged his side to prove they were better than their opening day defeat at Dulwich Hamlet and they responded with a superb attacking display.

Lee Smith opened the scoring in eighth minute with a close-range finish and the classy Robert Eagle made it 2-0 midway through the half. L Smith grabbed his second with an excellent free-kick and Chris Henderson notched before the break.

Lowestoft took their foot off the pedal in the second half but Henderson made it 5-0 late on to complete the visitors' misery.

The one black spot on the night was an injury to Curtley Williams, who limped off in the first half with a knee injury that is likely to keep him out for a few weeks.


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The Blues came flying out the traps early on and Lee Smith came close with a header that was palmed away by Thamesmead 'keeper, Robert Budd, but the former Bury man wouldn't be denied.

A deep ball to the back post was kept alive by Dan Gleeson, who cleverly found L Smith inside the six-yard area and the midfielder prodded the ball home.

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Lowestoft suffered a blow shortly after when Williams had to be withdrawn with a knee injury after falling awkwardly under a challenge. Sam Gaughran replaced the defender but it didn't hamper the Blues' momentum.

Thamesmead, who were promoted via the Ryman League Division One North play-offs last season, couldn't live with the Blues and it came as no surprise when they doubled their lead in the 27th minute.

Stuart Ainsley's searching pass picked out an excellent run from midfield by Eagle, who hooked the ball across the goalkeeper into the far corner from 12 yards.

Lowestoft were buoyant and made it 3-0 shortly after when Michael Frew was fouled on the edge of the area and L Smith clinically rifled the free-kick home.

Henderson, whose pace had been a feature of the first half, then got in on the act when, after being found by Eagle, he steered the ball home from the edge of the area.

Thamesmead improved at the start of the second half but Lowestoft still looked the more likely to add to their score. Only an excellent save by Budd prevented Gleeson from making it five after a marauding run from the former Luton man.

Bradley Woods-Garness came on to make his home debut and he had a hand in Henderson's late goal, teeing up the former Bury man, who squeezed the ball past Budd from 10 yards.

- Lowestoft Town (4-3-3): Jones, Gleeson (Okay 70), Williams (Gaughran 17), Crane, S Ainsley, Lee Smith, Eagle, Fisk, Henderson, Frew (Woods-Garness 63), J Ainsley. Subs not used: Cunningham, A Smith.

- Thamesmead (4-5-1): Budd, Edwards, Scarborough, Donovan, Douglas, Hopkins, Phillips, Roberts, Gordon-Young (Carter 46), Addae, Main (Ailey 65). Subs not used: Lover, Kerrigan.

- Referee: Adam Crysell

- Attendance: 520

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