Trawlerboys help themselves to a five-goal haul

Lowestoft's Malachi Linton celebrating the penalty Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft's Malachi Linton celebrating the penalty Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

A strong wind and a heavy spongy surface gave attackers an advantage over defenders resulting in 90 minutes of thrills and goalmouth action.

Malachi Linton placing the ball for a penalty kick against St Ives goalkeeper Bradley Lashley Pictur

Malachi Linton placing the ball for a penalty kick against St Ives goalkeeper Bradley Lashley Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Jake Reed, Malachi Linton and Jacek Zielonka were rampant for the Trawlerboys.

In an explosive start Matt Foy's first-minute header seemed destined for the top corner until Luis Tibbles flew across his goal to tip the ball over. Then, on seven minutes, Ben Seymour-Shave was brought down in the area but Tibbles again came to the Trawlerboys' rescue with a superb diving save to clutch Robbie Parker's well-hit spot-kick.

This kick-started Lowestoft's game and Reed had already gone close before he again turned Tom Wood only to be brought down by the St Ives central defender. Linton stepped up to confidently convert the spot kick.

Lowestoft were looking the much more dangerous side at this point and were close to adding a second with Reed and Linton combining down the right and from the cross Zielonka's diving header clipped the outside of the post.

Lowestoft players congratulating Connor Deeks Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft players congratulating Connor Deeks Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft needed a second goal before the break and it duly arrived in added time. Zielonka's flag kick was returned into the middle by Adam Tann for Connor Deeks to hit home from the edge of the area.

If St Ives were hoping to take advantage of the conditions to get back into the game those hopes were extinguished as Lowestoft added two goals in a minute shortly after the restart.

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In the 52nd minute Zielonka and Josh Curry combined down the left and the latter's excellent far-post cross picked out Miguel Lopez who headed home from close range.

Straight from the restart Lowestoft won the ball which was played beyond the St Ives defence for Reed to race through, round the keeper and slide into an empty net.

Lowestoft's Jake Reed (centre) in action at St Ives Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft's Jake Reed (centre) in action at St Ives Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

With a four-goal advantage Lowestoft switched off, allowing Wilson to pull two goals back for St Ives in the 56th and 64th minutes, but hopes of an unlikely fightback were denied as Lowestoft re-imposed themselves with Reed being denied by keeper Bradley Lashley and Linton blazing over an open goal from six yards before Lowestoft added their fifth with Reed heading home Zielonka's free-kick.

St Ives Town: Lashley, Phillips, Toseland, Osei-Bonsu, Wood, Powell, Seymore-Shove, Parker, Foy, Curtis, Wilson, Subs not used: Jackson, Ward, Snaith, Clifton, Bailey

Lowestoft Town: Tibbles, Ruffles (J Wilkinson 73), Curry, Deeks, Cole, Tann, Lopez, Fisk (Richardson 83), Reed, Linton (M Wilkinson 80), Zielonka, Subs not used: McIntosh, N'Buque

Referee: J Woolmer

Connor Deeks scoring for Lowestoft at St Ives Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Connor Deeks scoring for Lowestoft at St Ives Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Att: 162

Connor Deeks and St Ives player Dylan Wilson in action Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Connor Deeks and St Ives player Dylan Wilson in action Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft player Jacek Zielonka (on the ground) with a shot which hit the post Picture: Shirley D Wh

Lowestoft player Jacek Zielonka (on the ground) with a shot which hit the post Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant