Lowestoft Town are fit and firing ahead of Worcester City clash

Ady Gallagher (left) & Micky Chapman, joint managers of Lowestoft Town.

Ady Gallagher (left) & Micky Chapman, joint managers of Lowestoft Town. - Credit: Richard Land/Focus Images Ltd

Lowestoft Town's newfound stubborn streak can be put down to having a fit squad to choose from, according to joint boss Ady Gallagher.

The Trawlerboys entertain Worcester City this afternoon on the back of a six-match unbeaten run, which has preserved a safe distance between themselves and the Conference North relegation zone. Victory today would go a long way to achieving the safety goal they set themselves at the start of the season and Gallagher is relieved to finally have a fully-fit squad available.

'To be honest, I think the form has just coincided with us having a lot more players available to us,' said Gallagher. 'That makes a massive difference for us. We're almost there now and when you've got the quality we've got then eventually it will tell. It's just a case of getting everyone available and when that happens we're confident against anyone at this level.

'I don't want to keep looking over our shoulders. We've got a couple of games against teams around us and it's important for us to build on this unbeaten run we're on.

'We've been unbeaten in a little while now and it's given us a lot of confidence.

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'I feel if we can concentrate on ourselves and get on the front foot then we can get the points we need.'

Despite injuries abating, Gallagher admitted the Blues will have to manage their squad carefully playing two games in the space of three days over the Easter period.

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The Blues head to struggling Leamington on Easter Monday in what can be described as a 'six-pointer'.

'We've got to have one eye on Monday as well,' added Gallagher. 'Playing two games in three days is a big ask of the players.

'They are all massive games at this stage of the season. Bradley Woods-Garness, inset, and Dean Mason are back from international duty (with Montserrat) so that will really help us. It's just good that we've finally got an available squad to choose from.'

Before thoughts turn to Monday's game, Lowestoft will have to negotiate a way past Worcester though with the West Midlands-based side earning headlines earlier this season with their run to the second round of the FA Cup before losing in a marathon penalty shoot-out against Scunthorpe. But Lowestoft have shown themselves to be a match for any team at this level at home. Gallagher's men haven't tasted defeat at Crown Meadow in the league since November.

He added: 'We need to maintain our home form. Worcester had a great run of form in the FA Cup and you don't go as far as they did without having some very good players. They turned us over at their place but we've got the players that are able to turn that around.'

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