Lowestoft Town will play to their strengths to avoid slump

Scott Mitchell is likely to miss tonight's clash with Nuneaton through injury.

Scott Mitchell is likely to miss tonight's clash with Nuneaton through injury. - Credit: Steve Gardiner Photography (sg-photography.format.com)

Attack may be the best form of defence for Lowestoft Town this evening as they welcome Nuneaton to Crown Meadow this evening, kick-off 7.45pm.

The Trawlerboys have been desperately targeting reinforcements at the heart of their defence following several key departures over the summer.

The ongoing back problem of player-coach Dan Gleeson flared up on the opening day of the season and Scott Mitchell is the latest defender to be ruled out with a groin injury.

It means Jack Ainsley and Rossi Jarvis, nominally a right back and a midfielder respectively, will be required to fill in at centre half again, as they did in the second half of Saturday's defeat to Worcester.

'One of the frustrating things at centre half is that we are having to pull midfielders out of position to fill in there,' said manager Ady Gallagher, who will at least welcome back Andrew Fisk back into the fold after missing Saturday's loss due to a family commitment.

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'We then haven't got a huge amount of options from the bench if you want to change things. Scott Mitchell is struggling with a groin problem and it's obviously in a position we can ill-afford to lose him. But they are the cards we've been dealt.'

The Blues do at least have several options going forward and key to any success they could have this season will be giving the likes of Jake Reed, Danny Crow, Ryan Jarvis and Chris Henderson the service they need to thrive.

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'A lot of our attacking players have started the season very well, which is pleasing,' added Gallagher. 'Having Danny Crow fit and available (after a shoulder problem) has been like a new signing and we look good going forward. When we put it together we look very dangerous but we didn't do enough of that against Worcester.'

Kirkley & Pakefield entertain Hertford this evening at Walmer Road (kick-off 7.45pm) in an FA Cup extra prelimiary round replay. The two sides fought out a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

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