Lowestoft Town boss insists there’s plenty to play for
Lowestoft Town joint boss Ady Gallagher insists the Blues will keep gunning for the Ryman League Premier championship until they are mathematically out of the title race – but believes the play-off route offers the most likely path to promotion.
Lowestoft surrendered a two-goal lead in the last 20 minutes at Concord Rangers on Saturday after Greg Crane's controversial dismissal signalled a capitulation.
And after Billericay Town and AFC Hornchurch held their nerve to pick up wins, Gallagher admitted the title may be out of the Trawlerboys' reach for another season.
'Realistically our chances of winning the title are now remote,' he said. 'Other teams would have to blow up to give us a chance. That's not to say we are giving it up, but we just have to make sure we finish the season as strongly as we possibly can. Until it's mathematically impossible for us to win the league then we will keep going.'
Gallagher and the rest of the management team are now gearing their players up for one final push in April to ensure they finish the season strongly.
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The Blues must gather some momentum if it is to be the play-offs once again which determine whether they will be playing Conference football next season.
'I would rather be in their position than ours – I would be lying to say anything different,' he added. 'But we are having a successful season – we are sitting third in the league and still in touch with the teams above us.
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'There's obviously the play-offs to consider as well and we want to finish as high as we can as it gives you home advantage.'
The Easter weekend sees Lowestoft take on Leatherhead at home tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) before going to Suffolk rivals Bury on Monday.
Gallagher has called on the club's fans to find their voices once again to roar them on to success just as they did in the successive promotion seasons. 'I think the fans have been quite quiet this season,' he said. 'Most of our fans are fantastic – you get a minority that are negative but they don't realise how far we've come in a short space of time. We appreciate fans need something to sing about but we are right up there and we need their support at this time. It does make a difference.'