Lowestoft Town can cope with cup demands

Lowestoft Town director of football Craig Fleming insists the Blues have enough quality in their squad to fight on all cup fronts this season ahead of their trip to Dulwich Hamlet in the Alan Boon Cup this evening, kick-off 7.45pm.

The Trawlerboys' management team have made no secret of the fact that their main priority is the league this season but Fleming is looking for the Blues to continue their winning momentum this evening before their FA Trophy first round proper clash at Salisbury next weekend.

'We're short on numbers but we're high on quality,' said the former Norwich City star, who has helped mastermind the Blues' nine-match unbeaten run. 'In the past we've carried more numbers but we've shortened it.

'There's a lot of quality. Ideally we'd like a couple more and we're forever looking but the geography of the place makes it difficult to bring the right people in.

'But we're still fighting in four different competitions and we want it to stay that way.'

Some have suggested Lowestoft have not been playing well despite their lofty position in the league but, while Fleming believes there is more to come from his side, their recent run is no fluke.

'It's the sign of a good team when you're not playing well and winning games but I think that's rubbish to be honest with you,' he added. 'You can't win eight games and draw one and not be playing well – no team has ever fluked that.

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'I think that around the place we've got manage expectations and look at what we're going, where we are and I think the whole place has got to be positive and get behind the boys.

'I think there's more to come but we're not a million miles away.'

Lowestoft showed on Saturday they have more than enough to cope with anything Ryman League Premier sides can throw at them, literally in the case of Billericay with their use of long throws.

But Fleming said that no-one is getting ahead of themselves in the promotion race – there is still a long way to go.

'We will keep our feet on the ground, there's no danger of that,' he said. 'Points-wise, if we had lost that then there would have been a bit of a gap but now we're right on their heels.'

Fleming is likely to be in the squad to face Dulwich Hamlet this evening, who top of the Ryman League Division South while several youngsters are also likely to get their chance to impress.

With Andy Reynolds still recovering from an ankle injury, Jake Jessup will continue to deputise for the shot-stopper.