Lowestoft Town boss keeping calm ahead of vital home clash with North Ferriby
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The chance to secure a third consecutive season at step two of the non-league pyramid is in Lowestoft Town's hands tonight.
The Trawlerboys host high-flying North Ferriby United knowing that victory would secure their status in National League North.
That follows another crucial point being earned in a dramatic 1-1 win at Tamworth on Saturday, thanks to a free-kick from left-back Adam Smith.
'When you grab a point in the last minute it feels more like a victory and that's great and has enabled us to keep some momentum,' manager Ady Gallagher said.
'Tamworth were going for a play-off spot and were disappointed to be holding on a bit at the end as well, so as far as we are concerned nothing changes. We keep taking it one game at a time, take each battle as it comes because around the corner is another tough one tomorrow night against North Ferriby.
'We all know our objective and when you've got something to aim for, you want to do it as soon as possible.'
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Smith, who played in the Football League for Peterborough United, picked a great moment to curl home his equaliser – but it didn't surprise his boss.
'It was a great free-kick,' Gallagher continued. 'I had been a little bit frustrated because we had a few earlier attempts from a similar distance and I didn't believe we had been brave enough with the free-kicks.
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'Crowy (Danny Crow) and Smudge (Smith), rather than looking to score, had taken safer options, so I did fully believe that we could do better and then funnily enough in the last minute of injury-time I'm there thinking hopefully it would be third time lucky, and so it proved.
'In situations like that you have to take the initiative to have a go and we have the quality to do that, and Adam has done that several times over the years for us – so everyone was delighted to see it go in.'
Ferriby head for Crown Meadow knowing victory would take them up to second but Lowestoft can take from confidence from having held the Humberside team to a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture.
'Any other week a point at Crown Meadow would be a fantastic result but we don't go into games looking to draw, we look to win,' the Blues boss added. 'We know the type of battle North Ferriby will give us. They are very direct and use their big striker Tom Denton very well and build play around him, and have other good players in their side.
'It will be a very tough fixture for us but we have been focused more on ourselves than the opposition recently, and what we can do, and if we can do that again then we know we can get a good result.'
Ben Killip is unlikely to shake off his concussion in time to be involved but Elvijs Putnins should be over his sickness bug to compete with Jake Jessup for the goalkeeper's jersey.
If the Trawlerboys can't seal their survival tonight then they will have another chance on Saturday, when they host mid-table side Gloucester.