Big FA Cup incentive for Lowestoft Town
Jonathan Redhead Lowestoft Town go into FA Cup action again this afternoon knowing victory puts them just 90 minutes away from a possible clash with some of football's big names.
Lowestoft Town go into FA Cup action again this afternoon knowing victory puts them just 90 minutes away from a possible clash with some of football's big names.
The Trawler Boys entertain Zamaretto League side Sutton Coldfield at Crown Meadow in the third qualifying round of the world's greatest cup competition.
And a win for the Ryman League Division One North leaders would put them one game away from the first round proper - and a possible tie with the likes of Leeds United, Charlton Athletic, Southampton or even Norwich City.
But joint boss Micky Chapman expects a hard game against the Royals, who play at the same level in the non-league pyramid as his side and currently sit 16th in the table and have not won for four Southern League games.
“They don't come any bigger than the FA Cup,” Chapman said.
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“We know what's at stake and it's going to be a really tough game. Any side that gets to this stage of a national competition like the FA Cup has got to have something about them.
“We know a bit about them. They beat Needham Market in the last round and we've got a report from their manager Danny Laws.
“We're well aware they could cause us a lot of problems.
“They're a good side, well organised, very physical, direct and disciplined in the way they play and they've got players who can hurt us individually with pace in good areas of the park.
“We've got to make sure we're really, really on our game and we're totally up for it, like we have been every game this season.
“If we focus on ourselves and we're right then we know we've got the capabilities to cause them a lot of problems and give them a lot to think about and that's what we'll be aiming to do.”
Chapman's men have only been beaten once in all competitions this season and he has called on the Blues' faithful to pack into the Meadow again and cheer his side on.
“I'm sure there's going to be a huge crowd and hopefully they'll really get behind the boys and make loads and loads of noise like they always do,” he said.
“We need them to make loads of noise and get behind the lads because that's really important to us.
“There's a great day ahead for everybody and we want to make sure we do our best to stay in the competition because we know what's at stake - a place in the next round of the FA Cup.”
Those fans who do go to the game have the intriguing prospect of seeing Gary Holt make his debut for the Blues.
The former Norwich City star and Scotland international, who signed for the club this week, will be including in the squad for this afternoon's game.
Town also have Matt Halliday, Dale Cockrill and Scott Mitchell in contention once more, although there are doubts over Richard Woodrow, Carl Poppy and Reece Hunn while long-term injury victims Jack Marsden and Bradley Hough are still unavailable.