New signing makes debut in Lowestoft Town cup win
Terry LynesLowestoft Town had to come from behind to defeat holders Tilbury 2-1 in the Championship Manager Cup at Crown Meadow. The game saw new signing Jamie Forshaw make his debut as a second half substitute after the midfielder joined until the end of the season following his release by Ebbsfleet United.Terry Lynes
Lowestoft 2, Tilbury 1
Lowestoft Town had to come from behind to defeat holders Tilbury in the Championship Manager Cup at Crown Meadow.
The game saw new signing Jamie Forshaw make his debut as a second half substitute after the midfielder joined until the end of the season following his release by Ebbsfleet United.
Joint manager Mickey Chapman is hoping the 20-year-old will become a longer term fixture, saying: 'Jamie's a good player with good pedigree. It's brilliant to have him on board. He's a great addition and he's here with a view to having a look at us and what we're about.
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'We're speaking to him about a longer term contract. He's come down a few levels to be here and he'll be a quality addition to what we've already got - and at what is a crucial time for us.'
Forshaw came through the youth ranks at Norwich and Southend before joining Conference Premier side Ebbsfleet last summer. He found his opportunities limited to 13 appearances - just two of them starts - and a loan spell at Ashford Town.
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Although Lowestoft had the major share of first half possession last night they had already survived a few scares before Tilbury took the lead from a breakaway two minutes after the interval - Manlee Brown streaking away following a Town free-kick to beat Andy Reynolds at the other end.
Before then the closest Lowestoft had come was when Matt Nolan hit the woodwork. But they equalised in the 65th minute when Joe Francis teed up Nolan to strike home from the edge of the penalty area. The same combination also produced the winner seven minutes from time. Nolan started the move by sending Francis away down the left and, when the ball was played back to him, he shot in from 20 yards.
t Lowestoft: Reynolds, Plaskett, A Smith, Holt, Crane, Poppy, Bussens (Sub Forshaw 76), Fisk, Nolan, McGee (Sub Bloomfield 69), Francis, Subs (not used) Darren Cockrill, Potter, Cutajar.
t Tilbury: Hall, D Smith, Keith, Hayles, Wallace, Bradbury, Barnard, Wheeler, Brown, Gordon (Sub Taylor 59), Barnes, Subs (not used) Brighty-Barnes, Daval, Green, Gibbs.
t Attendance: 422