Blues win but boss not totally happy
Lowestoft Town 4, Folkestone Invicta 1: Lowestoft Town joint boss Ady Gallagher has called on his side to be more clinical despite just watching them register their fourth consecutive win in the Ryman League over Folkestone Invicta on Saturday.
Lowestoft Town 4, Folkestone Invicta 1
Lowestoft Town joint boss Ady Gallagher has called on his side to be more clinical despite just watching them register their fourth consecutive win in the Ryman League over Folkestone Invicta on Saturday.
The Blues flew out of the blocks and breezed into a 2-0 lead thanks to a Danny Bloomfield brace. However, Town's grip on the game loosened as the first half wore on and Folkestone's Darren Smith pulled one back.
The visitors had chances to level but a fine finish from Lee McGlone and an own goal by Liam Friend in the second period calmed the nerves, although Gallagher was not completely satisfied.
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“We're delighted with the result - I thought we deserved to win,” he said. “But I was not overly impressed with some aspects of the performance.
“I felt we started the game fantastically well, it was as well as we have played all season. We were fluent but the disappointing thing when we got 2-0 up was that players stopped doing what was good in that 15 minutes and started playing for themselves a little bit. It's something that we need to improve on. If you get teams in a position where you've got them then you need to be more clinical in finishing them off.”
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Early on a long clearance from Andy Reynolds put Curtis Haynes-Brown through on goal as Folkestone pushed out for offside from a free-kick but the big defender's effort was well saved.
Lowestoft were gaining a lot of joy down the left through the impressive Adam Smith, who was involved in the move that put Lowestoft in front.
He exchanged passes with Scott Mitchell before his low cross found Bloomfield, who had made a run to the near post, and the striker finished expertly with his left foot although 'keeper Delo will be disappointed to have been beaten at his near post.
The Trawlerboys appeared to be still congratulating themselves for getting in front when the visitors almost got back on level terms. Darren Smith played a clever pass behind Adam Smith for Paul Jones to latch onto, but from a tight angle the striker only found the side-netting.
The Blues didn't let the scare affect them, however, and in the 19th minute they were two goals to the good thanks to that man Bloomfield. When Folkestone conceded a free-kick right on the edge of the area, it spelt danger with Adam Smith eyeing up the chance. The left-back's strike was fumbled by the 'keeper and Bloomfield was there to ram the rebound home.
A sucker punch came when Darren Smith whipped in a dangerous cross into the Blues' penalty area which found a way through a crowd of players into the net on 19 minutes.
Town had Reynolds to thank for keeping them in front when Paul Jones went through, saving well.
A lacklustre start to the second period by both sides burst into life in the 57th minute when Mitchell wandered in off the touchline before unleashing a piledriver from 25 yards that looked destined for the top corner until Delo tipped over. But McGlone, who had worked tirelessly all afternoon, put the three points beyond any doubt in the 72nd minute.
A long ball over the top found him down the left channel. He cut inside on to his favoured right foot and his low shot beat Delo at his near post.
Joe Francis came on and he got free down the left flank and rolled the ball across the six-yard box for McGlone, who saw his thunder stolen by Friend who put through his own net.
Lowestoft Town: Reynolds, Halliday (Francis 69), Crane, Haynes-Brown (Gaughran 46), Adam Smith, McGlone, Cockrill, Fisk, Mitchell (Ainsley 77), McGlone, Bloomfield.
Folkestone: Delo, Vincent, Friend, Chappell, Dickson (Webb 80), Burchell, Michael Everitt, Kember (Williams 80), Darren Smith, Jones, James Everitt (Austin 46).
Ref: Glenn Hambling. Att: 781.