Trawlerboys still have a lot to play for, insists Blues’ chief Gallagher

Lowestoft Town FC assistant manager Dale Brooks, with manager Ady Gallagher. Picture: SHIRLEY D WHIT

Lowestoft Town FC assistant manager Dale Brooks, with manager Ady Gallagher. Picture: SHIRLEY D WHITLOW - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft Town boss Ady Gallagher insists the Blues will maintain their 'integrity' despite being caught in no-man's land in the Ryman League Premier Division.

The Trawlerboys, who head to Hendon this afternoon, are 11 points from the top five and a place in the play-offs and 10 points off the relegation zone.

The Blues' season could be in danger of petering out with Gallagher's side not appearing to have a great deal to play for.

However, the Lowestoft chief is demanding his squad look to finish the season with a flourish after a trying 2016/17 campaign.

'We need to maintain our integrity and make sure we are motivated for every game,' said Gallagher. 'We're in a difficult period right now – our confidence has been dented and we have to look at the things we can do to get it right.

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'We've got to try to improve the standard that we work at and just keep looking to build on the good points of our game.'

Harvey Hodd and Fraser Blake-Tracy are doubts ahead of this afternoon's trip to Silver Jubilee Park whilst Jamie Waite will start in goal as Jake Jessup serves a one-match ban for his red card against Metropolitan Police.

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Hendon will be fighting for their lives as they are in the midst of a battle against relegation.

Lowestoft don't have that kind of worry but after three consecutive defeats they could certainly do with a boost.

'It's very easy to get into a mindset where you think everything you do is damned but you can't allow yourself to do that – you can get caught in a negative spiral,' admitted Gallagher.

'It's important through experience to maintain a sense of realism and know that things will turn around.

'We need to make sure that we are focused on our football and continue to work really hard.

'That will give us the best chance to turn things around.'

Gallagher is already starting to make plans for next season and, despite the financial constraints he is forced to operate in, won't accept second best at the Meadow.

'There's no point in looking backwards and making excuses,' added Gallagher. 'We know we have been in difficult situations. We've bred a winning culture at this club before and that's what we need to strive for again.'

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