Lowestoft Town chief calls for consistency ahead of FA Trophy tie

Jake Reed will be hoping to continue his goalscoring form at Enfield this afternoon. Picture: Graham Cannell

Jake Reed will be hoping to continue his goalscoring form at Enfield this afternoon. Picture: Graham Cannell - Credit: citizenside.com

Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman insists it will take a lot more than one result to turn around their season.

The Blues travel to Enfield Town this afternoon in the FA Trophy first qualifying round on the back of a superb display last weekend in beating Carshalton Athletic 5-0.

The result helped eradicate memories of disappointing defeats at Maidstone and Bury Town but, despite the nature of their performance at Crown Meadow, Chapman insists there is still a lot more work to do to turn around their season.

'We've got to establish a lot more consistency now – that's what we are trying to impress on the lads,' he said. 'We were superb (against Carshalton) and when you win you make sure you enjoy it but you have to move on and look to the next one.

'We've not had the best of starts but I think that things are starting to turn for us. There's no secret to it – it's just down to hard work and continuing to do the right things.

'It's no good feeling sorry for yourself and hiding away when things don't go for you. That's when you have to stand up and be counted when things haven't been going well.

'Full credit to the lads though - they have kept going and it's important that we try to go on a bit of a run now.

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Lowestoft confirmed the news that Jake Reed and Rossi Jarvis have signed contracts with the club amid interest from other Ryman League Premier sides.

Both are likely to start against Enfield today but the Blues have had to make plans without Curtis Haynes-Brown (hamstring) and Bradley Woods-Garness (knee) with the pair set for a period on the sidelines. Jack Defty is continuing his rehabilitation from a broken leg and it is hoped the former King's Lynn striker will come back into contention towards the end of November.

Chapman admitted the Blues are having to run a smaller squad compared to previous years but hopes it could work to their advantage with every player feeling involved.

'As long as we don't get too many injuries it could help,' he said. 'Unfortunately we've had quite a few recently. In other seasons we've had maybe 24 or 25 players and then it's not rocket science that you can only have 11 on the park and five subs.

'A lot are going to miss out – you've got a whole side not involved. But this year we've got a small squad and it can work in your favour.'