Reynolds enjoying the quiet life with Lowestoft
Jonathan RedheadGoalkeeper Andy Reynolds says he's happy to remain underemployed if Lowestoft Town continue their charge towards the league title.The 22-year-old stopper has admitted this season has brought some different challenges between the sticks as the Blues have romped to a 12-point lead at the top of Ryman League Division One North.Jonathan Redhead
Goalkeeper Andy Reynolds says he's happy to remain underemployed if Lowestoft Town continue their charge towards the league title.
The 22-year-old stopper has admitted this season has brought some different challenges between the sticks as the Blues have romped to a 12-point lead at the top of Ryman League Division One North.
Town have recorded more than a dozen clean sheets this campaign in all competitions, including successive shut-outs in their last two matches - 3-0 league victories against Harlow Town and Heybridge Swifts respectively.
And Reynolds, pictured, says concentration is key when his team-mates are keeping the Blues' opponents at bay.
"There's always a case of goalkeepers getting bored and wanting something to do every now and again and I can't say I'm any different," he said.
"But ultimately, a clean sheet's something I'd take every week and just being able to watch some good football really.
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"It's a challenge. It's something new to me that I'm not maybe as active as I have been in previous years, but I still have to make sure I'm tuned into my game and if I am needed in the last minute then I need to do my job because there's nothing worse than letting in soft goals.
"It's a case of making sure that for 90 minutes I'm switched on."
Town have not lost in any competition since the first week in November, when Reynolds was beaten by Gareth Taylor's lucky last-gasp strike that earned Wrexham a 1-0 FA Cup first round victory, while they are also 20 games unbeaten in the league.
But Reynolds says the defeat in Wales proved to the players how good they could be: "I think you can't complain at how the season's gone," he said.
"I don't think results like the Wrexham game really affected us in terms of the league. We knew we'd got some great individual players in the squad who can compete at this level and I don't think really that disappointment was going to affect us, it was just a case of we knew where we can get to after playing in a game like that and it has made us more determined since then.
"I think there are so many different excuses you could make if it wasn't going as well as it is. It just seems to have fallen into place really well and I think it's testament to the management and the coaching staff.
"I think you could say arguably you won't see the best of this squad for another two or three seasons, because we're in a position where we haven't yet had everyone playing together in the same side and not everyone's aware of everyone's strengths and weaknesses."
On Saturday, the Blues play host to Ware at Crown Meadow, who came within minutes of beating them at Wodson Park in December.
Town grabbed a 2-2 draw thanks to a Matty Nolan double, including a late equaliser, and Reynolds says victory over Tony Faulkner's side would help the Blues towards a 'nice little coup'.
"We've had some close games this year," he said. "We've now earned a reputation and teams will do anything to stop us and a draw sometimes is as good as a win for them. So it's becoming difficult.
"The last couple of games have been very physical and teams feel they can try to rough us up a little bit, but each game we turn up and put in a performance and hopefully that will be enough.
"We don't really go looking for revenge or anything like that. It's just a case of game by game, making sure each and every person is doing their job.
"It would be a nice little coup to say we've beaten everyone in this league."