Experienced trio could help Trawlerboys turn around their fortunes
Shirley D Whitlow
Lowestoft Town assistant boss Andy Reynolds is hoping the return of three experienced players can arrest the Blues' recent slump.
The Trawlerboys’ 1-0 defeat in the FA Trophy against Enfield made it four defeats in a row but Reynolds revealed that Connor Deeks, Shaun Bammant and Andrew Fisk could be available to start against high-flying Stourbridge this afternoon.
Lowestoft started the season looking well set to avoid any relegation trouble with a five-match unbeaten run but injuries have cost them dear resulting in a downturn. However, Reynolds insist morale hasn’t suffered as a result.
“We haven’t taken a thumping off anyone and we have been reasonably competitive in every game,” said Reynolds. “We know there are a lot of experienced players watching from the sidelines at the moment, players that were involved in the early part of the season when we were picking up points.
“But we are hoping that Deeks, Bammo and Fisky will be back in contention and we will see how Matt Brown settles down as well. He is having manage a problem at the moment.
“I think it’s difficult to compare the current situation to then (earlier this season) because the personnel is different. There are players to come back in that will help some of the younger lads.”
The return of Deeks in particular will be a boost to the Blues’ backline, which is still without long-term absentee Travis Cole. “I think Connor Deeks coming back in will help,” said Reynolds. “He’s got experience of this level and is a presence for us.
“The test for us is to keep developing these players so that they go on to make 100/200 appearances for Lowestoft. That will be the test.”
Away days don’t come much tougher than this afternoon’s assignment at third-placed Stourbridge but Reynolds believes coming up against the division’s big guns came bring the best out of his young squad.
“We’ve had them watched and we know what a tough game it’s going to be,” he said. “Our best performances this season have been against the better sides of the division and we need to pull out a performance again.
“We certainly don’t go there with any fear.”