Lowestoft Town not out of the woods yet in Conference North, says chief Chapman

Micky Chapman

Micky Chapman - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman admits no-one at the club will relax until they are mathematically certain of Conference North football next season.

The Trawlerboys, who head to Harrogate Town this afternoon, are six points away from the relegation zone and it would take a major downturn in form for the Blues to be sucked into danger.

However, Chapman is adamant Lowestoft must continue to churn out the points to ensure they preserve their Step Two status.

'Everything has been up against us but we've put ourselves in a position where our destiny is in our own hands,' said Chapman, whose side dug out a 0-0 draw against promotion-chasing Guiseley last weekend.

'We won't relax until it is mathematically impossible for us to go down. Sometimes, at this point in the season, the result is more important than the performance.

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'We all want to play like Barcelona but that's not the reality of football. Look at a side like Hyde – they play some great football, work the ball out from the back and always keep the ball on the deck. They were relegated at the weekend.

'You have to be able to adapt. We've got players that can really get the ball down nicely but we've got a squad that can also really dig in as well. The pitches in this league are not carpets and you've got to be able to adapt.'

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Bradley Woods-Garness and Dean Mason are unavailable this weekend as the pair are on international duty with Montserrat. Danny Crow (ankle), Curtis Haynes-Brown (hamstring) and first-team player/coach Dan Gleeson (back) are also major doubts.

However, the injury situation has started to ease at Crown Meadow with Chris Henderson showing signs against Guiseley that he is returning to form after a long-term groin problem.

'He's a very good player,' said Chapman.

'It's been a long road back for him – he's been out for quite a while and it's going to take a bit of time for him to get back to the full sharpness he's shown before.

'We've got six very important games and we're going to need everyone.'

Today's opponents Harrogate frustrated Lowestoft at Crown Meadow when the two sides met in September in a 0-0 draw.

It promises to be another long day for the Trawlerboys, who are travelling to the game early this morning.

'Nine times out of 10, teams coming to Crown Meadow have an overnight stay,' said Chapman.

'Unfortunately we aren't in a position to do that when we go away. That's not a criticism – that's just the way it is.

'We knew how tough it would be when we were put in the northern division and we've got on with it.

'Harrogate lost against Colwyn Bay last week but they are a good side and they will be looking to bounce back.'

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