Lowestoft Town could learn their Conference fate
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Lowestoft Town could find out today whether they have been successful in their request to be placed in the Conference South next season.
The FA National League System committee are due to meet this afternoon to decide upon the make-up of the non-league pyramid for the next campaign.
The Trawlerboys have made it clear they wish to be switched to the Conference South after struggling to cope with the travelling demands in the Conference North last season.
Round trips of 600-odd miles to Colwyn Bay and Barrow, both done in a day, were the norm for Lowestoft and manager Ady Gallagher hopes the committee agree to the switch.
'It's not something that's in our control but we just hope that common sense prevails,' said Gallagher, who will head up the management team alongside Dan Gleeson following Micky Chapman's decision to retire this summer.
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'I was looking at a table the other day on which clubs have to do the most travelling. Including Premier League clubs we were eighth, which is crazy considering we are meant to be in a regionalised division.
'It's very difficult for us being in that situation. If we are put in the south then we would have to do a lot less travelling and we just hope it can be done.'
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Lowestoft were originally put in Conference South upon their promotion from the Ryman League Premier this time last year. However, Hereford's financial problems saw them demoted two divisions and Lowestoft were switched to the north despite already starting plans for life in Conference South.
The Blues failed with an appeal and, against the odds, adapted well to step two in the northern section finishing in 16th place, six points clear of the relegation zone.
Lowestoft are hoping to add to their squad over the summer although their search for players would be made easier in south.
'It's difficult but the players in the squad at the moment have got used to the travelling,' added Gallagher, who tied up Jack Ainsley's future earlier this summer as the former Ipswich man signed a two-year deal.
'But we hope that we can be put in the south – it just makes a lot more sense for us to be there.'