Lowestoft Town boss Dale Brooks urges fans to come out and support club in their time of need
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Dale Brooks has urged supporters to come out and help save their club as Lowestoft Town prepare to take on Wingate & Finchley at the Amber Dew Events Stadium this evening, kick-off 7.45pm.
The cash-strapped Trawlerboys need as many fans through the gate as possible in their final five home games of the season to help stave off some of the club’s money worries.
This evening’s match is the first home match since the club’s statement last week revealing the depth of the Blues’ financial difficulties and Brooks hopes the Lowestoft public show their commitment to the cause.
“I would just urge supporters to get to as many home games as they can because that is what will make the difference for us,” he said. “We’ve got five home games left this season and we would love supporters to come out to all five obviously. But even if they can only make a couple, every penny is going to count for us.
“We’ve been asking the players to help us but we can’t do this without the supporters’ help.”
Lowestoft’s players have still not been paid and the club are in talks with the squad over a payment plan. However, Brooks was delighted with how many players were still willing to put their bodies on the line at Enfield on Saturday when the Blues went down to a 3-0 defeat.
The Lowestoft chief is hopeful of putting out a similar XI this evening as the Blues desperately go in search of points to haul themselves away from the relegation zone.
“At the moment I could put the team out that finished the game on Saturday but it’s obviously a very changeable situation,” added Brooks. “I’ve had enquiries for some of the players but that’s just something we’ve got to live with at the moment.
“There are two or three possibles to come in as it stands as well but we will see.
“It comes down to the individual player - if they want to come and get some game time with us, and it suits them, then they know they can with us.
“They’ve got to make that decision if they feel we can help their personal development.”
Lowestoft will be without Shaun Bammant tonight with the former Dereham Town striker likely to be sidelined for at least two weeks after sustaining a gash to his face in the defeat at Enfield.
On the plus side they have completed the signing of former Bury Town attacker Armani Schaar on a deal until the end of the season.
Schaar, who has also played for Leiston and Needham Market, will be available for selection immediately.
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