Lowestoft will handle pressure of play-off final, says star striker

APRIL 30: Jake Reed (bottom)celebrates scoring Lowestoft's second during the Ryman Isthmian Premier

APRIL 30: Jake Reed (bottom)celebrates scoring Lowestoft's second during the Ryman Isthmian Premier League Play-Off Semi Final match between Bognor Regis Town and Lowestoft Town at Nyewood Lane in Bognor Regis, England. (Photo by Stephen Lawrence/phcimages.com) - Credit: Stephen Lawrence/phcimages.com

Lowestoft Town man-of-the-moment Jake Reed is certain the Blues can handle the pressure of another home play-off final when they take on AFC Hornchurch on Monday.

The 22-year-old confidently slid home the winner late on against Bognor Regis on Wednesday evening to ensure the Trawlerboys have another chance of securing Conference football in front of their own fans.

Lowestoft buckled under the weight of expectation last year as Concord Rangers caused an upset at Crown Meadow but Reed insists the Blues faithful can help the club achieve their dream. 'It's going to be a great one for the fans,' said the former Dagenham & Redbridge striker, whose arrival at the club proved the catalyst for Lowestoft's play-off charge in the second half of the season. 'I wasn't here, but we all know what happened last year and it's forgotten – no-one will be doubting themselves and we've got to try and use the supporters to our advantage.

'We've got to approach the game like we did against Bognor – that was a great result away from home and we can take a lot of confidence from that performance into the game.'

Lowestoft will be looking to Reed again against the Urchins and they will be hoping to see all the predatory instincts he displayed in sniffing out the winner against Bognor Regis. After missing a one-on-one situation early in the second half, Reed atoned for his error when capitalising on a poor backpass to round the goalkeeper and roll the ball home from a tight angle.

'I missed one just before I scored so I felt that I had to make up for it,' he said. 'It was preying on my mind when we were missing a lot of chances.

'I was just so glad that I could take one because it relieved the pressure and I thought we saw the game out really well.'

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