Lowestoft have nothing to play for but that must be regarded as success
Shirley D Whitlow
At one stage it looked like today’s Ryman League Premier clash at home to Staines could be played amidst fears of a second consecutive relegation for Lowestoft Town.
The fact it is not is testament to the job manager Ady Gallagher and his coaching staff have done because, almost a year ago to the day, the Trawlerboys were down on their knees.
After only drawing against Gloucester on the final day of last season relegation from the National League North was confirmed and two seasons at that level had left everyone connected with the club battle weary.
Lowestoft had reached their ceiling under the current structure, and in truth, life in the Conference set-up hadn’t been all it had been cracked up to be thanks to the travel involved.
Gallagher was asked to manage the transition and mould a squad that had got used to losing most weeks into one that could compete at Ryman League Premier Division level.
It was of course a division Lowestoft knew only too well having taken four play-off finals before finally winning promotion on that glorious day in 2014 against Tonbridge Angels.
But this time was always going to be different - keeping Lowestoft out of trouble was always going to be the main priority and Gallagher has done that...and some.
The Ryman League can be a tough old slog – ask Lowestoft Town legend Jamie Godbold, whose managerial career had been strictly on an upward trajectory at AFC Sudbury.
After winning promotion last season they were expected to have enough momentum to vie with the likes of Leiston, Needham Market and the Blues for Suffolk bragging rights.
Instead they find themselves second from bottom needing a miracle in their last three games to avoid dropping down to the Ryman League Division One North.
Working on a significantly smaller budget compared to previous years, it could have been Lowestoft.
But there is a stubbornness about Gallagher that has pulled him and his players through this campaign.
The big question for Gallagher and Lowestoft now is: where do they go from here?