Lowestoft Town put on a five-star performance for Gallagher

Lowestoft Town players celebrating as they win 5-0 at Burgess Hill 0. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft Town players celebrating as they win 5-0 at Burgess Hill 0. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Town produced arguably their best all-round team performance under Ady Gallagher's managerial stewardship.

Cruise Nyadzayo on the run. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Cruise Nyadzayo on the run. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

The Blues boss has been hit by a seemingly endless injury list, but it all came together as they smashed in five goals without reply.

There were strong performances in every area of the pitch, but none more so than in the back four where Rory McAuley was outstanding – winning everything in the air despite being up against a seven-foot striker – ably supported by the experienced Dean Leacock and with full-backs Travis Cole and Harry Barker limiting the supply from the flanks.

In midfield the quartet of Adam Smith, Jacek Zielonka, Harvey Hodd and Sam Borrer dominated proceedings and with the hard running Cruise Nyadzayo always willing to move inside, Jake Reed received more support up front.

The Hillians were first to threaten with Barker clearing a header from Ibrahim Diallo off the line, but it was soon Lowestoft on the offensive with Smith sending Nyadzayo through only for the youngster to stab the ball the wrong side of the post.

Lowestoft Town manager Ady Gallagher and assistant Dale Brooks, left, after the win at Burgess Hill

Lowestoft Town manager Ady Gallagher and assistant Dale Brooks, left, after the win at Burgess Hill. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant


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Zielonka twice went close from distance and McAuley flashed a header wide before Lowestoft took a 13th-minute lead. Reed won the ball just inside the Burgess Hill half and ran through only to see his shot blocked – but Nyadzayo was up in support to slam home the rebound for his first senior goal.

The lead was doubled in the 34th minute with Nyadzayo getting up well to flick on Cole's forward ball to Reed who raced clear to shoot past James Shaw.

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Any Burgess Hill thoughts of a second-half fightback were dashed within three minutes as Lowestoft netted their third. Reed did exceptionally well to hold off Gary Elphick before laying the ball back to Zielonka who let fly from some 25 yards.

Zielonka returned the compliment in the 56th minute, slipping the ball through for Reed to again slide past the keeper. With the points in the bag Nyadzayo made way for 19-year-old Josh Greenleaf, who soon got in on the act, netting the fifth goal in the 73rd minute. Cole, who played a real captain's role in his first game with the armband, found Zielonka who in turn picked out Greenleaf. His sharp turn completely lost his marker before slamming the ball across the keeper into the far corner of the net.

Jacek Zielonks keeps close attention. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Jacek Zielonks keeps close attention. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Burgess Hill Town: Shaw, Diallo, Fisk, Taylor, Elphick, Toure, Harding (Merzouk 46), O'Neill (Richmond 51), Diau, Smith-Joseph (Nezval 68), Harding. Subs not used: Adalukan, Cook.

Lowestoft Town: Dudzinski. Cole, Barker, Smith, McAuley, Leacock, Zielonka, Borrer (Westlake 80), Reed (Wren 87), Hodd, Nyadzayo (Greenleaf 58). Sub not used: Putnins.

Referee: S Hughes

Attendance: 479

Josh Greenleaf about to score Lowestoft's fifth goal. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Josh Greenleaf about to score Lowestoft's fifth goal. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Tuesday's game against Folkestone Invicta has been postponed and next Saturday Lowestoft are now at home to Kingstonian and not Leatherhead.

Lowestoft Town defender Dean Leacock tries to prevent a cross going in. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft Town defender Dean Leacock tries to prevent a cross going in. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

In safe hands - Lowestoft Town keeper Ben Dudzinski. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

In safe hands - Lowestoft Town keeper Ben Dudzinski. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Town player Jacek Zielonka, who was on target at Burgess Hill. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft Town player Jacek Zielonka, who was on target at Burgess Hill. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Town's Harry Barker in defence. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft Town's Harry Barker in defence. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Two-goal striker Jake Reed. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Two-goal striker Jake Reed. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Town player Sam Borrer. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft Town player Sam Borrer. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Town's Travis Cole, captain for the first time, at Burgess Hill. Picture: Shirley D Whitlo

Lowestoft Town's Travis Cole, captain for the first time, at Burgess Hill. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft's Cruise Nyadzayo, scorer of the first goal for Lowestoft at Burgess Hill, with Harvey Hod

Lowestoft's Cruise Nyadzayo, scorer of the first goal for Lowestoft at Burgess Hill, with Harvey Hodd in the background. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

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