Lowestoft Town without skipper for trip to Hednesford

Lowestoft Town defenders Dan Gleeson and Curtis Haynes-Brown (background) have both had injury probl

Lowestoft Town defenders Dan Gleeson and Curtis Haynes-Brown (background) have both had injury problems recently. Picture: Tom Smith/Focus Images - Credit: Tom Smith/Focus Images Limited

Lowestoft Town are likely to be without skipper Dan Gleeson as they go searching for their first away win of the season in the league at Hednesford.

The former Luton defender missed the Blues' 3-1 defeat at AFC Fylde last weekend with an ongoing back problem and is a major doubt for Lowestoft's trip to Staffordshire this afternoon.

Curtis Haynes-Brown could return to bolster the Lowestoft backline, which has had to rely on the versatility of Rossi Jarvis to get them through the festive period.

Despite victory on the road remaining elusive, joint boss Ady Gallagher insists his side are getting closer to breaking their away day hoodoo.

'We need a bit more belief as a team – sometimes when you're playing you can get caught up in where teams are in the league etcetera and build them up to better than they are,' said Gallagher, whose side had their chances against leaders Fylde to come away from Lancashire with at least a point.

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'At the end of the day it comes down to 11 against 11 and when we play well then we can cause anyone problems.

'We have got results against the top sides in the division and we haven't got anything to worry about.

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'At home we know we've got a decent record but we've only played well in patches away from home. When we put a performance together for 90 minutes then that first win will come.'

Hednesford are coming off the back of a 2-0 win at Harrogate on Monday and currently occupy the mid-table position Lowestoft are striving for as they look to avoid a potential relegation battle.

Danny Glover will be the Pitmen's dangerman having scored 12 times this season and Gallagher is expecting a stern examination of their Conference North credentials.

'Hednesford have got a good record this season and they are a well established side at this level so we know what we're up against,' added Gallagher. 'We're expecting a really tough game but we showed against Fylde that we aren't far away from that first away win.'

Lowestoft's squad remains threadbare particularly in the wake of the departures of Jefferson Louis and Rickie Hayles towards the end of last year.

Gallagher confirmed the Blues are still searching for reinforcements but nothing is imminent.

'We are always seeing who is available and if it's right for us then we will always try to bring somebody in,' he said.

Lowestoft's defensive problems were boosted last night with the signing of Ipswich Town defender Omar Sowunmi. The 19-year-old signed professional terms in the summer.

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