Lowestoft Town chief wary of relegation battle
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Lowestoft Town director of football Craig Fleming admits the Blues are wary of getting embroiled in a relegation battle after another away defeat at Tamworth.
The Blues are four points off the relegation zone and yet to taste victory on the road in their Conference North campaign.
Fleming knows the Trawlerboys must turn their recent upturn in performances into points if they are to ensure they don't get sucked into the bottom three.
'I think it's still early days but it's (relegation) obviously something we are wary of,' said the former Norwich City defender. 'We always knew it was going to be tough for a number of reasons which we've gone over before – travelling etc.
'In the recent past we've made steps up and still been able to compete, budget-wise. Now we are often competing against full-time teams and we are up against it – we're the underdogs in this division. It's something we're having to deal with and it's going to take a bit of time.'
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Lowestoft have at least got an FA Trophy first round proper clash against Dover Athletic to look forward to later this month after their impressive 2-1 win at Eastbourne Borough. Jake Reed's brace ensured a £4,000 pay-day for the Blues as he starts to rediscover the form that led Lowestoft to promotion last season.
Fleming is delighted to see the striker firing again after a period of adjustment following his return to the club after his summer move to AFC Sudbury didn't work out. 'His two goals were fantastic and he has been looking sharper at every week,' added Fleming. 'It has taken him a bit of time to get used to the level as he was playing two levels below but I knew as soon as he got his fitness back he would score goals.'
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Lowestoft travel to Solihull Moors tomorrow looking to end their away day hoodoo and can take heart from the fact they beat the Midlands outfit 2-0 at the start of the season.
The Blues are likely to once again be without Andrew Fisk as the club give him time to get over a long-standing knee injury.
Chris Henderson is out with a groin complaint, which could keep him out until the new year.