Lowestoft Town ready for crucial stage of season – Micky Chapman

Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman admits the club is approaching a crucial phase in their season as the promotion race is the Ryman League Premier hots up.

The blow of losing at Canvey last weekend was softened by the news that title rivals AFC Hornchurch and Billericay had also dropped points and Chapman insists the Blues remain in a strong position.

Lowestoft face Wealdstone this weekend at Crown Meadow before going to Kingstonian just over 48 hours later in what will be a chance for the Blues to turn up the heat in the race for promotion.

'We've got a massive few games coming up and we're just focusing on these now - we're not going to look back, it's all about how you respond to a defeat,' said Chapman. 'We're still in a really good position – there's going to be a lot of twists and turns before the end of the season and there's a lot of football still to be played.

'When we came off the pitch (against Canvey Island) we heard about the other results and there's two ways of looking at it. Everyone else up there seemed to have lost - Billericay were the only ones that got anything. You can look at it negatively and say it was an opportunity lost but that's football.

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'We look at the positive and we didn't lose any ground on anyone. We've still got games in hand, we know that we've got to make them count but there's still a long way to go.'

Lowestoft were in a similar position at this stage last season but Chapman insists lessons have been learned and his sqaud are meantally tougher to cope with the demands of going for the championship despite having to play catch-up.

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'It's always better to have the points on the board but when you're in cup competitions then you do tend to fall behind,' he said. 'Last year we got to the stage where we had five or six games in hand - that's a massive mountain to climb when you're under pressure to win all those games.

'This time we've got two games on one and three on another team - that's not so bad. When you get too many games behind that's when the pressure can tell.

'This year we're better equipped mentally to deal with it. It's going to be a tough run-in but we're right in the mix.'

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