Lowestoft Town 0 Tooting & Mitcham 0: It's as you were at the bottom of the Bostik Premier Division
PUBLISHED: 14:15 18 February 2018
Shirley D Whitlow
With just a point separating the two teams lying just above the relegation place, both sides viewed this as a must-win game.
The Terrors came into the game in better form, unbeaten in four, whilst the Trawlerboys were recovering from a rather harsh 0-5 defeat at Billericay Town.
Lowestoft were able to include Andrew Fisk in the starting line up in place of Matty Foy who has returned to Cambridge United at the end of his loan spell.
Lowestoft were hoping for an early breakthrough and it all so nearly arrived with their best two chances of the half arriving in the opening five minutes.
Firstly Robert Eagle got away down the left in the third minute and his cross saw Harvey Hodd’s shot from close range cleared off the line by full back Peter Wedgeworth. Within in a minute Jake Reed was fouled some 25 yards out. Eagle floated his free kick into the danger area where Rory McAuley headed it downwards and keeper Matte Pierson needed two attempts to claim it.
After that early flurry the game settled down to a midfield affair with neither side having the flair necessary to prize open the two mean defences. Tooting’s only threat of the first half saw captain Quincey Rowe play an excellent ball across the face of the goal with Dan Humphries doing exceptionally well to get back to hook away just as Oliver Bennett was about to strike.
The second half started with a bit of goal mouth activity with Michael Dixon having a clear attempt at goal but shooting straight into the arms of Ben Dudzinski and immediately play switched to the other end where Reed found Shaun Bammant who could only shoot tamely at the keeper.
Jacek Zielonka surged forward and let fly from 20 yards but the ball grazed the wrong side of the upright. The game was looking ever more likely to end goalless but in the final quarter both teams created one last chance.
With 15 minutes left Tooting substitute Chace O’Neill sent in a dipping drive from 20 yards out which Dudzinski had to fly across his goal to tip behind for a corner.
With six minutes left Lowestoft’s best chance of the game saw Reed cross from the left and with the goal at his mercy the unmarked Zielonka steered his header back across goal but wide of the mark.
With the three teams immediately below them all drawing and bottom club Burgess Hill losing it is a case of status quo at the bottom of the table from Lowestoft’s viewpoint.
Lowestoft Town:: Dudzinski, Humphries, Smith, Fisk, McAuley, Cole, Hodd (Sub Barker 81), Zielonka, Reed, Eagle, Bammant, Subs (not used) Nyadzayo. Machaya, Wren, Putnins.
Tooting & Mitcham United: Pierson, Fadohunsi, Wedgeworth, Morgan-Griffiths, Drage, Rowe, Jones (Spencer 80), Bennett, Dixon (O’Neill 59), Folkes, Bassett. Sub not used: James
Referee: Mr P Burnham