Lowestoft Town’s big chance to seize initiative in survival battle
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Lowestoft Town will be looking to climb out of the relegation zone this evening when they make the trip to Harrogate Town in the National League North.
The Trawlerboys remain in the bottom three despite their win over Stockport at the weekend but only goal difference is keeping them there.
Brackley, who drew 0-0 with AFC Fylde on Saturday, are just above the Blues whilst Worcester, in 18th place, are suddenly in striking distance for Ady Gallagher's men. Worcester are only two points above Lowestoft with both having played 35 games and the Aggborough outfit will be just as desperate for points when they entertain Bradford Park Avenue tonight.
But it won't be easy against Harrogate, whose need for the points is just as acute in their battle in stay in the play-off places.
Lowestoft will be looking to build on an impressive performance at Edgeley Park on Saturday when goals from Dean Mason and Danny Crow netted three valuable points.
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Gallagher's men showed few ill-effects from a seven-hour coach journey to give themselves hope in their battle for survival.
'We got there late, there were issues, we had illness and we lost a player (Adam Smith) early, but we'd said there weren't going to be any excuses and we'd go out and fight for each other,' Gallagher said.
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'And we did that and I think it shows the solidarity in the group and how they really want to fight to get the points to stay in this league.'
Lowestoft's season could yet therefore have a happy ending if they can extricate themselves from the bottom three whilst they also have a Suffolk Premier Cup final to look forward to.
Things weren't looking quite as positive upon the news Jake Reed could miss the remainder of the season with an ankle injury sustained against Gainsborough Trinity last month.
Gallagher called on his frontmen to seize their opportunity and they did exactly that against Stockport with Ryan Jarvis and Danny Crow providing a potent threat ahead of Lowestoft's tireless midfield.
Crow in particularly sparkled in an all-action display, capped by an audacious finish from an acute angle after nicking the ball from home keeper Ian Ormson.
'What's good and shows his quality is, he said himself, that his first three touches he gave the ball away and you could see the frustration, but you know that he is strong enough mentally and good enough to keep trying to do the right things and that's what he did,' Gallagher added.
'And to score the goal was a great, great finish.'