Lowestoft Town urged to get up to speed as Ryman League kick-off looms large

Food for thought for Dale Brooks. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

Food for thought for Dale Brooks. Picture: MATTHEW USHER

Lowestoft Town's players have been told to buck their ideas up if they want to hit the ground running in the Ryman League.

The Blues host Cray Wanderers in their final pre-season match this afternoon ahead of next weekend's Premier Division opener at Bognor Regis Town. And while the serious stuff is still little more than a week away the Trawlerboys have been left in no doubt that now is the time to get down to business.

Assistant coach Dale Brooks, who watched his troops lose 2-0 at King's Lynn Town on Saturday, said: 'I'm not sure whether they (Lynn) were further ahead but they looked to the eye as if they had more energy and enthusiasm than us, which was the disappointing fact.

'The pleasing thing is that happened at Lynn rather than on the first day of the season. I know that we are a lot better than that with the type of squad we have.

'It was Rossi Jarvis' first 45 minutes since the start of pre-season. Adam Smith was only playing his second game. He played 45 at Gorleston. We had a couple who weren't available. It wasn't a true reflection of what we can do but we cannot play like that between now and the start of the season and then expect to go on and win the first game.'

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Goals in either half from Dylan Edge and Toby Hilliard settled Saturday's niggly friendly at The Walks.

Brooks added: 'Obviously results don't really matter. You can win all your friendlies and lose your first game of the season. But Saturday was disappointing. They (the players) don't need to be told. They're all in agreeance that we were so far off it for a number of reasons.'

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Entry for today's game will cost adults £8, concessions £5 and under-16s £1.

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