Lowestoft boss Dale Brooks looking for a change of luck for struggling Blues
PUBLISHED: 12:19 30 March 2018
Shirley D Whitlow
Lowestoft Town boss Dale Brooks is hoping a sense of injustice will spur his side on as they look to stave off the threat of relegation.
The Blues turned in a gallant display at promotion-chasing Folkestone Invicta on Tuesday night that would have been rewarded with a point had it not been for a controversial injury-time effort from the Kent side.
Having equalised with eight minutes to go Invicta went on to win it 2-1 with a goal that the visitors were adamant should not have stood.
With the club also having well documented financial issues to deal with it was another cruel blow and there’s a good chance Brooks will be mentioning it in his pre-match team talk ahead of his side’s next match in the Bostik League Premier Division at Brightlingsea Regent on Easter Monday.
“I think we are due a bit of good fortune after all that has gone on recently and we certainly didn’t get it on Tuesday night,” he said.
“Our lads are sure the ball didn’t cross the line for their winner and I spoke to a professional photographer afterwards, who was working at the game and had a good view, and he confirmed that.
“I think there was a handball from Travis Cole so it could have been a penalty and a red card, but it certainly shouldn’t have been a goal.
“We got a rough deal from the officials, that’s for sure, but we have just got to get on with it. I was really proud of the way the lads played against a very good side. It wasn’t just a backs-to-the-wall effort. I thought we played really well in the first half, had a few chances, and deserved to go in one up.
“In the second half we had to do a lot of defending, as you would expect, but we had our moments too and certainly deserved to take something from the game,”
Young Ipswich Town goalkeeper Mitchell Ware, signed on work experience for the rest of the season before the game, made his debut in Kent and Brooks is hoping to add further to his squad before Saturday’s 5pm deadline for new signings.
“I will be working hard to try bring some players in because after the deadline I will have to make do with what I’ve got and you obviously need some cover. But in the situation we are in it certainly won’t be straightfoward.”