Blues take one step at a time in triple crown quest

RIDGEONS LEAGUE: Lowestoft joint boss Micky Chapman insists his side are taking nothing for granted as they hunt glory on three fronts. The Blues hold a massive 16-point lead at the head of the Premier Division and next Saturday they travel to Whitley Bay for the first leg of their FA Vase semi-final.

Lowestoft joint boss Micky Chapman insists his side are taking nothing for granted as they hunt glory on three fronts.

The Blues hold a massive 16-point lead at the head of the Premier Division and next Saturday they travel to Whitley Bay for the first leg of their FA Vase semi-final. They are also in the Portman Road final of the Suffolk Premier Cup, where they will face either Ipswich Town Reserves or Needham Market.

But Chapman is adamant that today's visit of Mildenhall is the priority for Lowestoft as they aim to claim back the title they last won in 2005/06.

Chapman said: "It's a nice position for us to be in, but we're not getting carried away.


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"We've still a quarter of the season to play and there is still a long, long way to go. The aim is to take it one game at a time and keep everybody's feet on the gas - we're not looking any further ahead than our next game and we're not taking anything for granted.

"We have a very tough game against Mildenhall and that is the only focus of our attention. We aim to concentrate on ourselves and the players need to continue to put in performances.

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"We have Wivenhoe at home next Tuesday and so there's another six points available to us. But we know we'll have to work really hard, because if you take your eyes off the ball you can get hurt."

The Blues have injury concerns over Matty Potter, Carl Poppy and Gary McGee.

Their closest rivals - both geographically and in terms of points - Kirkley & Pakefield, travel to Stanway today.

Boss Nick Shorten has been pleased with the contribution of his younger players to an excellent season and said: "The likes of Dave Tarawalli and Taz Grint and other young lads who have come through the youth side and done really well in the reserves have seized their chance in the first team and that shows we have got strength in depth."

Rejuvenated Wisbech have picked up three successive wins in their battle to beat relegation, including Tuesday's 6-1 mauling of Ely, and today they host bottom of the table Haverhill.

Manager Gary Setchell said: "They've just had a fantastic result, so will come here and give it a go. But we have put ourselves in a much better position than we were a few weeks ago and, if we keep it up, should easily pull away from the relegation zone."

In Division One, top meets bottom as struggling Fakenham visit high-flying Newmarket.

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