Lowestoft Town midfielder targets FA Trophy run

Erkan Okay has been in impressive form for Lowestoft since his return from a groin injury.

Erkan Okay has been in impressive form for Lowestoft since his return from a groin injury. - Credit: Tom Smith/Focus Images Limited

Erkan Okay doesn't see any reason why Lowestoft Town's season cannot end with a trip to Wembley.

The Trawlerboys welcome Conference Premier side Dover Athletic to Crown Meadow tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) in the first round proper of the FA Trophy and the midfielder believes the competition offers a great chance for the Blues to play at the home of English football.

Conference South side Gosport Borough made it all the way to the final last season and Okay hopes to follow in their footsteps.

'It's not a long-shot – clubs from our level have gone far into the competition before and there's no reason why it can't be us this time,' said Okay, who was part of the side that beat Eastbourne Borough in the third qualifying round to secure the tie against Dover.

'It's exciting for us to be at home and we know how tough it's going to be against a side that is 11 or 12 unbeaten.

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'But this is a massive competition for clubs at our level and being at home gives us a chance.'

Lowestoft will have to show some of the spirit that saw them come from 3-0 down with 10 men to rescue a point at Solihull Moors if they are to pull off a surprise.

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Okay believes the second-half display typified the values Lowestoft's rise through the non-league pyramid has been built on.

'We're a proud club and if there's one thing you can say about us is that we will always have a right go,' he added.

'We just had nothing to lose. It felt like a win at the end – the way we came back showed what fight we've got in the team.'

Okay has only just come back from a groin injury that sidelined him for five weeks.

He admits he is not completely over the problem but is managing to play through the pain.

'I would not say that I'm playing pain-free – I was out for five weeks in the end which was a lot longer than I expected when I first did the injury.

'But to play three 90 minutes in a week is pleasing. Hopefully, I can stay injury-free now and get a bit of a run in the side.

'We have not been able to pick from a full squad yet but when we are able to do that then I think it will make a big difference.'

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