Super-sub at the double to keep Blues on right track

Robert Eagle slides in to score the winner for Lowestoft against Tamworth at Crown Meadow. Picture:

Robert Eagle slides in to score the winner for Lowestoft against Tamworth at Crown Meadow. Picture: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Anyone with a season ticket at Crown Meadow is certainly getting their money's worth so far this season.

They could have done without the drama that squandering a two-goal lead causes on Saturday. But then again, perhaps it made Robert Eagle's winner all the sweeter for supporters.

The Conference North clash against the Lambs was typical Lowestoft Town – the Blues have a tendency to make life difficult for themselves before eventually achieving their goals. Then again you wouldn't expect anything less from a club that went through three play-off final defeats before winning promotion.

One of the key mantras running through the Blues dressing room is that winning isn't everything – but the desire to win is. That was seen in abundance on a soggy Crown Meadow pitch on Saturday.

Some players don't buy into this and quickly find themselves surplus to requirements. Jefferson Louis' omission from the matchday squad was telling and one expects the nomadic striker to be looking for his 32nd club very soon.

It is players like Andrew Fisk, Sam Gaughran and Robert Eagle to name but three that Lowestoft's success has been built upon.

When Michael Townsend rose highest at the back post to nod home and make it 2-2 you couldn't escape the kind of sinking feeling that clubs bracing themselves for a relegation fight experience.

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The momentum had well and truly swung in Tamworth's favour and, to use a boxing analogy, Lowestoft were on the canvas.

However, when you have players with the ability of Eagle you always have a puncher's chance and so it proved. Townsend went from hero to villain and his dithering in his own penalty area allowed Eagle to pounce and fire home from 10 yards.

It was a sweet moment in the Blues season and perhaps the referee could have acknowledged this as the ex-Norwich man revelled in the adulation of the 604-strong crowd. However, Mike George obviously hasn't scored that kind of winner in his lifetime and promptly showed Eagle a yellow card. When the 27-year-old mistimed a tackle in the last minute on Brendon Daniels, George had given himself no option but to send Eagle for an early shower.

It didn't matter though as the Blues held on for what should have been a far more routine victory.

Jack Ainsley had put Lowestoft ahead from the penalty spot in the first half after Connor Taylor had handled Adam Smith's free-kick. It should have been game over early in the second half when Eagle latched on to Jake Reed's pass to slot the ball home despite the best efforts of Joshua Sampson on the line.

However, Daniels' superb free-kick gave the Lambs hope before Townsend drew the visitors level with 13 minutes left.

Tamworth should have won from this position but Lowestoft are made of stern stuff.

That desire to win that has seen the club rise through the non league pyramid was called upon and Eagle duly delivered.

It is why Lowestoft will continue to upset the odds despite the logistical problems that being placed in the Conference North has caused.

It is why they are problems they will, in all probability, be facing next season.

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