Spillane can do a job up front for Lowestoft

Michael Spillane has left Lowestoft Town.

Michael Spillane has left Lowestoft Town. - Credit: Andy Kearns/Focus Images Limited

Lowestoft Town boss Ady Gallagher wouldn't hesitate in beefing up his forward line with Michael Spillane on a regular basis.

The former Norwich City man was deployed up front in a 5-2 Suffolk Premier Cup win over Bury Town at Crown Meadow on Tuesday and scored his fourth goal of the season.

In Shaun Bammant's absence through injury, Gallagher is looking for more of a physical presence to complement top goal-scorer Jake Reed and feels Spillane can do a job alongside the former Dagenham & Redbridge striker.

'It's important that Jake Reed has a physical presence alongside him – I think that brings the best out of Reedy,' added Gallagher. 'Physically Spillane can occupy centre-halves and he's shown that he's got an eye for goal.

'He is someone that can offer us something up front. He often goes up front at the end of the games if we are chasing something and if he gets a chance he's able to take it.

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'It's a difficult transition to make. It's not easy to go from having all the game in front of you to it all being behind you.

'But he has got quality – he's one of those lads that can make the difference in a game.

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'I thought he did a reasonable job last night and he's already shown this season that he's got an eye for goal.'

Lowestoft entertain Bognor Regis Town this afternoon with the south coast side in excellent form having gone undefeated in their last seven games.

The Trawlerboys can take comfort from an impressive 3-1 win on the opening day of the season against today's opponents although Gallagher has a number of injury headaches.

Andrew Fisk is nursing a hamstring injury whilst Ryan Jarvis has a minor knee problem, which could keep him out.

Jamie Waite is continuing his rehabilitation from a neck injury and Josh Glover is likely to continue to deputise in his absence.

'Bognor will be looking to turn the game around from the opening day,' added Gallagher. 'They are on the back of a very good run and they're a team that likes to pass the ball around.

'We've got to try and disrupt that as much as we can and we showed on the first day of the season what we're capable of.

'We've got a few knocks, which is never ideal with a small squad, but you have to get on with it the best you can.'

Lowestoft Town Ladies have been drawn at home against Bungay Town in the quarter-finals of the Suffolk Women's Cup.

Following their 4-0 win at Brandon Town last Sunday, the Trawlergirls will now host the Norfolk Women's and Girls League Division One side at Crown Meadow on Sunday, November 20 (1.30pm kick-off).

Tomorrow Lowestoft host Queens Park Rangers at Crown Meadow in the second round of the Women's Premier League Plate (2pm kick-off), who play a level higher in the national pyramid, in the Women's Premier League Southern Division.

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