Blues bidding for glory on four fronts

PUBLISHED: 13:02 04 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:15 14 September 2010

Lowestoft Town are gearing up for a trophy tilt as the season reaches a crucial last few weeks.

Aiming to "keep their feet on the pedal" and motor their way to the top, Micky Chapman's men are looking to kickstart another winning run following two victories in the past week.

Lowestoft Town are gearing up for a trophy tilt as the season reaches a crucial last few weeks.

Aiming to "keep their feet on the pedal" and motor their way to the top, Micky Chapman's men are looking to kickstart another winning run following two victories in the past week.

Today they visit Halstead in the Ridgeons League and then entertain Leiston in the Ridgeons League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.

The Blues remain handily placed in second spot and with the season concluding on April 29, they have 12 league games - and just nine more Saturday matches - left as the push for silverware begins.

As well as the Ridgeons League Cup last-eight tie, Lowestoft travel to AFC Sudbury in the Suffolk Premier Cup semi-finals on March 21 and will also visit Harwich & Parkeston in the next round of the East Anglian Cup.

"There are a lot of big league and cup games coming up as we play each Saturday and Tuesday to the end of the season," Blues joint boss Micky Chapman said. "There's still a lot to play for and it's nice to be in this position at this stage of the season.

"All we can do is keep going and maintain the consistency factor that's served us so well. All credit goes to the lads for getting where we are - but it's no good doing all this hard work and then undoing it all by taking our foot off the pedal in the final push. Hopefully we can get on another good run as leagues and cups are won and lost at this stage in a season - and if we can then we'll be in a strong position."

Aiming to "maintain the pressure on the teams around us", Chapman stressed the importance of the consistency factor.

"It's no good being consistent up to March, for half or three-quarters of a season and then tailing off - you have to be consistent throughout as you don't win things otherwise," he said.

The town's other top team, Kirkley, are also aiming to maintain an excellent unbeaten run.

With 10 games left, the southside Blues have moved up to 14th. Nick Shorten's men are aiming to continue their fine form at home to Wisbech today after a month of away fixtures in which they have stayed unbeaten in six matches, picking up 14 points.

Shorten will have to make three changes today as joint manager Carl Chenery is suspended for one match, Paul Highfield is away in America and Ben Goddard is on Suffolk FA Youth duty.

Wisbech beat Kirkley 4-0 at Fenland Park during their dismal run of nine defeats on the trot during November and December.

Boss Damian Hilton believes that Wroxham have turned a corner from a disappointing period of player shortages and loss of form, and he is confident that the target of three points from their home game against Leiston will be hit. His optimism came on the back of a quality 2-0 win at Woodbridge on Saturday followed by a gutsy goalless draw at Diss.

"With the return of players Martyn Magee and John Edridge from suspension as well as skipper Justin Fox back next week I am hoping that March will be a profitable month yielding enough points to hoist us up the table," he declared. "Following two disappointing performances against Wisbech the players are now showing more commitment and with Gary Gilmore back from illness the work rate has been stepped up in the past two games. "

Fakenham aim to extend a Division One run of three wins and two draws at home to high-flying Felixstowe, who will be seeking to complete a double after an earlier 3-0 win Suffolk early in the campaign.

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