Trawlerboys back in Rymans League action against Kingstonian
Lowestoft take a break from FA Cup duties this afternoon when they make a long-awaited return to league action at Crown Meadow.
The Trawlerboys have played just one Ryman League Premier Division match in their last six games and haven't had a home league game since September 1.
But this afternoon they get a chance to make up ground on the leaders when Kingstonian travel to Crown Meadow - with Blues joint-manager Micky Chapman determined to avoid a repeat of previous seasons when knockout commitments derailed promotion ambitions.
Town are nicely placed, eighth in the table, just four points behind leaders Whitehawk but with a couple of games in hand - one of which arose after Tuesday's league game at home to Thurrock was postponed because the visitors were in FA Cup replay action.
At the moment, the league position is comfortable, but with an FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at Braintree next weekend, after a midweek League Cup tie at Soham Town Rangers, Chapman is acutely aware of the pitfalls that may lie ahead.
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'We have not had any replays in the FA Cup to date and we have come through some difficult games,' he said.
'It was disappointing that we had Tuesday's game called off against Thurrock. You don't want to end up in a situation where you are getting five or six games behind.
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'We have done that other years - we have done it the last two years - and I know that is part and parcel of having good cup run that unfortunately you can fall behind in league games, but at the moment it is still early days. We are not worrying at the moment because the FA Cup is something we want to stay in, we want to have a really good run in and so far so good and if we can continue to stay in it then great - it is great for the club financially and good for us to pit ourselves against opposition from a higher level.'
Town do have injury concerns – midfielder Andrew Fisk complained of a tight calf last weekend and is touch and go, as is Dale Cockrill (knee) while full-back Adam Smith is still a couple of weeks away. Centre-half Greg Crane (ankle) is a possible but Dan Gleeson was due to undergo surgery this week on a back problem.
Town's management team opted to give the players a night off on Tuesday.
'We didn't have a game, but we decided to give them a full break, rest some legs, and have them all ready for the game, where possible,' said Chapman.