Prudence with ambition for Lowestoft Town
Lowestoft Town won't risk their future chasing the promotion dream despite a changing financial landscape in the Ryman League Premier Division.
The Blues have managed to add two players to their squad over the past week in the form of defender Curtley Williams and Sam Newson, but the Journal understands the club has been staggered by the salary demands of other players they have been in for recently.
The Trawlerboys are as determined as ever to climb up the football pyramid, their case strengthened over the past week by taking four points from two tricky away games, but they will not break the strict wage structure that exists at Crown Meadow.
Accusations the Blues have been spending big in their efforts to rise up the divisions have dogged the club, but the management team have always insisted this isn't true.
'We've been in for lots of players but we have been unable to compete financially,' said joint manager Ady Gallagher. 'That's the reality of the situation – sometimes we haven't even got to the stage where you can have a conversation.
'It's very difficult with the geography and we've had players that want to join the club but it's not worth their while with the travel that would be involved.
'I think we need to be realistic in our expectations – we won't compete financially with these other clubs. That's the competition we are in at the moment – it's difficult to add to the squad but that won't stop us being ambitious.'
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Despite the backdrop of a crippling injury list it has been a good week for the Blues. A win at Enfield was followed up by a creditable point at Cray Wanderers on Wednesday evening.
Lowestoft might have taken all three points after taking the lead late on through a Dale Cockrill penalty but they were almost immediately pegged back by Joe Vines' leveller.
'We've had two very tough away games and to take four points from them with the amount of injuries we've got is a pleasing return,' said Gallagher. 'Having taken the lead so late obviously there is a sense of frustration we couldn't hold on for the win but we would have taken a 1-1 draw at the start of the game.'