Blues off to a flying start
Thamesmead Town0, Lowestoft Town 2Lowestoft Town made a dream start to their first campaign in the Ryman League Division One North. Gary McGee and Adam Smith scored in the space of four first-half minutes.
Thamesmead Town0, Lowestoft Town 2
Lowestoft Town made a dream start to their first campaign in the Ryman League Division One North. Gary McGee and Adam Smith scored in the space of four first-half minutes.
The Blues included six of their new signings in their squad with four of them making the starting line up.
Thamesmead Town kicked off on a blazing hot afternoon, and although the pitch looked immaculate, it was rock-hard, creating an awkward bounce.
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Thamesmead started the brighter and threatened with a cross from Steve Cant met by the head of Andy Constable, but Andy Reynolds comfortably collected the ball under the bar. Lowestoft's answer was a deep cross from the right by Neil Plaskett, but as Andrew Fisk and Reece Hunn both went for the same ball Lewis Tozer made a saving tackle.
The first real action for either keeper came in the 16th minute with Reynolds diving full length to save a 20-yard effort from Gabriel Momodu, and the Blues keeper was sooon in action again, smothering a 25-yard drive from Constable at the foot of the post.
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With 25 minutes gone Lowestoft finally started to get their game together and forced their first corner, which came to nothing. Their improving confidence paid dividends in the 28th minute when they opened the scoring.
From Jamie Godbold's corner the ball was headed clear, but only as far as Adam Smith, who played the ball back into the penalty area. Ross King headed the ball back across goal for McGee to rise high and loop a header over keeper Steve Northwood.
Boosted by the goal, Lowestoft added a second just four minutes later.
Godbold's run down the inside right channel was halted when he was pulled back by James Campbell, who received a yellow card. Thamesmead paid a heavy price for his misdemeanour as Smith stepped up to send a glorious free-kick around the wall into the bottom corner.
There was almost a third minutes later as Reece Hunn's snap shot was pushed up into the air by Northwood to drop onto the roof of the net.
At the start of the second half Richard Woodrow's low cross was flicked goalwards by King but palmed away by Northwood. Fisk and King both raced into the area after the same ball but Danny Moore's brave tackle saved the day for the home side.
On the hour Craig Bussens replacing Hunn and he almost made an immediate impact, his lob hitting the bar.
Lowestoft Town: Reynolds, Plaskett, A Smith, Woodrow, Crane, Halliday, Godbold, Fisk, King, McGee (Sub Hilton 75), Hunn (Sub Bussens 61), Subs (not used) S Mitchell, Potter, Poppy.
Thamesmead Town: Northwood, P Smith, Moore, Baker, Campbell, Tozer, Mulholland, Knight (Sub Hopkins 70), Constable, G Momodu (Sub R Momodu 65), Cant (Sub Brown 36), Subs (not used) Burchescu, Russell.