Lowestoft Town gunning for FA Cup progress

Lowestoft Town director of football Craig Fleming has set his side the 'minimum target' of the FA Cup first round proper ahead of their first qualifying round match at Heybridge Swifts this afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

The Trawlerboys have established a decent cup pedigree in recent years having reached the first round proper in 2009 before losing out narrowly at Wrexham. And Fleming is looking for the club to repeat this feat, casting aside any suggestion the Blues may take their foot off the gas in the cup to prioritise their league campaign.

'We will definitely be putting a full side out – it's the FA Cup after all,' he said. 'We will be bang up for it – I expect the lads to be working really hard in training after what happened against Harrow. We reached the first round a couple of years ago and that's the minimum target for us again. We are taking it very seriously and want to go as far as we can.'

Greg Crane is likely to come back into the starting line-up after shaking off an ankle problem he picked up in training whilst out with a two-match suspension for his sending off against Lewes.

Dale Cockrill is still struggling with a knee complaint but whatever side the management team put out they will be expecting a marked improvement from the second-half display against Harrow, which saw them slip to defeat at home.

'We're still not quite sure how we lost that one but if you don't take your chances then that's what happens,' added Fleming. 'We've got a good bunch of lads though and they will have been hurt by what happened. They won't make the same mistake again. We were creating chance after chance in the first half and it almost became a little bit easy. We then stopped doing the things that made the game easy but we will learn and make sure that it doesn't happen again.'

This afternoon's opponents Heybridge sit in the league below Lowestoft although they have enjoyed a decent start to the season and currently sit third in Ryman League Division One North.