Smith bows out with a win as Lowestoft Town beat Bedworth 3-0

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo sho

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo shows Lowestoft Town player Adam Smith - Credit: Archant

A season full of highs and lows ended with Lowestoft Town sealing a comfortable win over bottom club Bedworth United to finish 14th in the table.

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo sho

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo shows a ballboy and Bedworth United player Elliot Parrott - Credit: Archant

The day was a special for one Adam Smith, who was finally calling it a day after 10 years of exceptional service, but at times the game had a distinct end of season feel to it and seemed of secondary importance.

Lowestoft were in control throughout, with Bedworth offering little threat, but only saw the game to bed in the closing stages.

The hosts took the lead after 16 minutes, with Jake Reed and Jack Wilkinson drawing the keeper and putting the ball on a plate for Shaun Bammant to tap home from six yards. There was almost a second for the Trawlerboys a couple of minutes later but Adam Harrison produced an excellent diving save to foil Dylan Williams.

Bedworth should have equalised on the half hour mark but Lewis Collins blasted high over the bar from 10 yards out.

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo sho

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo shows the ball in the net for Lowestoft Town's forst goal, scored by player Shaun Bammant as Bedworth United keeper Adam Harrison and player Mark Albrighton attempt to save the situation. - Credit: Archant


You may also want to watch:


Then a couple of Smith free-kicks saw Connor Deeks and Adam Tann put headers wide of the target.

Just past the hour mark Lowestoft sent on substitutes Henry Pollock and Jacek Zielonka and those two would be instrumental as the hosts upped the tempo to add add further goals in the final seven minutes.

Most Read

Lowestoft's second on 83 minutes was one of classic simplicity. Tann collected the ball just outside his own area, one pass found Reed on the halfway line, he immediately played Pollock clear and the youngster ran 40 yards before rounding Harrison and walking the ball into the net. With three minutes left Smith received a standing ovation as he left the pitch for the last time to be replaced by Armani Schaar.

In the final minute Williams played Zielonka through to shoot low past Harrison into the far corner.

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo sho

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo shows Lowestoft Town players congratulating Shaun Bammant (to left) and Bedworth United captain Elliot Parrott - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Town: Putnins, Curry, J Wilkinson, Barker, Tann, Deeks, Williams, Fisk (Zielonka 63), Reed, Bammant (Pollock 63), Smith (Schaar 87), Subs (not used): Hedge, Wren.

Bedworth United: Harrison, Platt, Rowe, Parrott, Dudley, Albrighton (Christie 68), Collins, Fitzharris, Noon (Hancocks 68), Troke, Blakmore, Subs (not used): Fogg, Steele, Lenton.

Referee: M Morrison

Attendance: 461

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo sho

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo shows the Lowestoft Town squad before the match - Credit: Archant

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo sho

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo shows Lowestoft Town supporters player of the season Elvijs Putnins being presented with his trophy by Helen Nixon and James Wright - Credit: Archant

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo sho

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo shows Lowestoft Town former manager Ady Gallagher, manager Jamie Godbold, player Adam with daughter Isabella and Ashlea, former managers Dale Brooks and Micky Chapman - Credit: Archant

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo sho

Shirley D Whitlow's photograph of Lowestoft Town FC v Bedworth United FC 27th April 2019. Photo shows Lowestoft Town players Adam Smith and Andrew Fisk in the dressing room before the match - Credit: Archant

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus