Metropolitan Police 2 Lowestoft Town 2 – Trawlerboys left frustrated
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Lowestoft will look back on this game as two points dropped rather than one gained in what was always going to be a difficult game.
Although adrift at the bottom of the Ryman Premier Division table Police were boosted by last week's first win of the season away to Canvey Island.
Lowestoft gave a start to Harvey Hodd in place of the injured Chris Henderson with the fit again Travis Cole included on the bench.
The hosts made a high tempo start with wide men Jerome Frederico and Ephron Mason-Clarke causing problems down the flanks and they had already gone close twice before taking a seventh-minute lead. Harry Barker lost the ball while overlapping and Police exploited the space at the back with a quick counter attack which resulted in Orlando Smith shooting past Josh Glover.
Lowestoft responded with Frazer Blake-Tracy finding Ryan Jarvis who shot across goal but wide of the far post. Lowestoft were starting to take a grip on the game with some neat inter-passing, with Michael Spillane grazing the crossbar with a volley following a Ryan Jarvis corner.
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Lowestoft finally levelled in the 34rd minute when another superb Spillane ball found Jake Reed who drew the keeper before playing in Ryan Jarvis to hit through a group of players into the net. Spillane almost made it two moments later with a 25-yard free-kick that was inches too high.
The second half saw a 20-yard free-kick from Ty Smith produce another excellent save from Josh Glover.
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Ryan Jarvis was forced off in the 66th minute to be replaced by Joel Glover who made an instant impact on the game by putting Lowestoft ahead just four minutes later.
Hodd created the opportunity with a great run to the by-line before cutting the ball back to the big striker who from the edge of the penalty area steered the ball just inside the far post.
The lead was to last just eight minutes though, as Smith's 25-yard free-kick smacked against the upright but the loose ball was played straight back into the six-yard box where it was bundled into the net by Elliott Charles.
Met Police: Baxter, Taylor, Salmon, Sutherland, Robinson, Hickey, Frederico (Cojocarel 73), T Smith, Reid, O Smith (Charles 46), Mason-Clarke. Unused subs: Gales, Lodge, Lane
Lowestoft Town: Josh Glover, barker, A Smith, Fisk (Cole 54), Spillane, Mcauley, Hodd (Marsden 80), Rossi Jarvis, Reed, Ryan Jarvis (Joel Glover 66), Blake-Tracy. Unused subs: Forshaw, Jessup
Referee: M Lee