Lowestoft boss Brooks sees some light at the end of the tunnel

Lowestoft's Harvey Hodd celebrates after scoring the first goal against Hendon in midweek. Picture:

Lowestoft's Harvey Hodd celebrates after scoring the first goal against Hendon in midweek. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Town at last have a little breathing space as they battle to avoid relegation from the top flight of the Bostik League.

The cash-strapped Blues ended a miserable run of five straight defeats on Tuesday evening when they beat Hendon 2-1 at the Amber Dew Events Stadium.

They were unable to follow that up in Thursday's re-arranged game at Harrow Borough, with a below-strength team being thrashed 6-0, but remain in a strong position with the finishing line approaching.

Tuesday's win lifted Dale Brooks' side four points above bottom team Tooting & Mitcham, who have played one more game, with only one team going down.

The Londoners, who also have a vastly inferior goal difference, have only three matches left, as do Burgess Hill, who also remain four points adrift following Thursday's home defeat against Leatherhead.

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There is a chance the Trawlerboys could stay up even if they lost their last four games – but understandably Brooks doesn't look at the situation from that point of view.

'Obviously it's nice to have a little cushion and we know Tooting & Mitcham will have to win a couple of games to put us under pressure, but we have got to focus on ourselves and get the results we need,' he said.

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'I thought the lads were excellent against Hendon and we have got to try and maintain that sort of form between now and the end of the season.

'It was a massive three points, there's no doubt about that. We were playing a good side who are challenging for the play-offs and gave a really good account of ourselves.

'We had a little bit of luck at times but I think we were due that, and we showed great spirit to come away with the win. I was able to field a strong side and I think that really made a difference.'

Brooks is hoping this side will be nearer to full strength for the visit to Metropolitan Police this afternoon.

A hectic spell then continues on Tuesday evening when Wingate & Finchley visit the Amber Dew Events stadium (7.45pm).

Lowestoft need to pick up six points from their remaining four fixtures to be absolutely sure of not finishing bottom.

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