Brightlingsea Regent 2 Lowestoft Town 0: Blues give their all - but it’s yet another defeat
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Despite another committed performance Lowestoft again came away with nothing to show for their effortst.
A fifth successive defeat left the Trawlerboys still just five points above Burgess Hill, who currently occupy the one relegation position, with the Sussex side now having two games in hand.
Lowestoft gave a debut to new loan signing from Southend Renei Batlokwa and after a slow start he looked a useful addition to the squad. Shaun Bammant also returned to the side, with Dean Leacock dropping down to the bench.
It was the home side who started on the offensive with Elvijs Putnins twice forced into early saves. He dived to turn away Jak Clowsley's low effort from the corner of the penalty area and from the resultant corner saved bravely at the foot of the post to deny Aaron Condon.
Brightlingsea's early pressure saw then take a deserved lead after 12 minutes. Top scorer Billy Hunt exploited a gap between Ross Marshall and Rory McAuley to shoot home from 18 yards just inside Putnins' left hand post.
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Lowestoft gradually started to get their game together, with Batlokwa beginning to get hold of the ball in midfield. Adam Smith's 25 yard free-kick saw James Bradbrook parry the ball away. Batlokwa then threaded the ball though to Bammant whose shot cannoned into the Regent keeper. Travis Cole was next to go close, with his header hitting the crossbar.
Despite those threats it was the more direct approach of the home side that carried the greater threat, with Putnins now getting the chance to show the Town faithful what he is capable of after having sat on the bench virtually all season.
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The second half followed a similar pattern, with half chances at either end. Batlokwa had a header held by Bradbrook whilst Putnins saved well from Condon's free-kick. Armani Schaar came off the bench and sent in a snap shot that was parried by Bradbrook, with Zielonka's follow-up deflected wide.
With Lowestoft beginning to push men forward Brightlingsea were finding more space as they countered and Putnins again came to Lowestoft's rescue, saving bravely at the feet of Condon.
A Lowestoft corner in the 90th minute was cleared finding the viistors short of numbers at the back, resulting in Hunt being brought down in the area with the striker converting the spot-kick himself to seal victory.
Lowestoft Town: Putnins, Cole, Smith, Fisk, Marshall, McAuley, Zielonka (Leacock 79), Batlokwa, Bammant, Eagle, Hodd (Schaar 66), Subs (not used) Machaya, Wren, Gillings