Lowestoft Town crowned champions
Paddy Davitt Lowestoft Town 5, Cheshunt 1: Lowestoft hat-trick hero Gary McGee admitted the Blues' championship-clinching Ryman Division One North romp over Cheshunt will live long in the memory.
Lowestoft Town 5, Cheshunt 1
Lowestoft hat-trick hero Gary McGee admitted the Blues' championship-clinching Ryman Division One North romp over Cheshunt will live long in the memory.
McGee plundered a 19 minute first half trio as the Trawler Boys sealed back to back promotions in emphatic style in front of their biggest league gate of the campaign.
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Blues' captain Jamie Godbold also chipped in before the break with Joe Francis waltzing through the Ambers' defence on the restart before Tom Tresarden grabbed a stoppage time consolation.
McGee left the field with the match ball tucked underneath his shirt after a devastating first half display in which even prolific top scorer Matt Nolan deferred to the club stalwart.
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“I can't remember scoring many quicker than that in my career and it was a nice easy hat trick but you have to be in the right places to score them I guess,” he said. “But to score the day we win the league and with a lot of support here behind us was just awesome.
“It's brilliant. We've won the Ridgeons League and I think that is a good league but to then step up one higher with relatively new players and to win it again is superb. For me then to score a hat trick on the day we do win the league is special for me. I think myself and Matty have got a nice understanding going - he is not too dissimilar to Russell Stock who I played with here for a long time in the sense he holds the ball up well like he did, and it has gelled for us this season.”
The 30-year-old's goals capped a vintage first half performance to sink the Ambers.
“You look at our record this year and it just underlines the mentality we have here and that comes from the management downwards - they demand we are on top of game every game,” he said. “We treat everyone the same and I think we have just carried that through - even when we have had a defeat we just picked ourselves up and turned it around pretty much straight after.
“The boys are delighted to put in a performance like that. We wanted a nice start and we got a good early goal. We set out to also put on a good performance because we've had a good season and we knew there would be a big crowd and we wanted to win in style and I think we did it.”
t Lowestoft: Reynolds, Mitchell, Smith, Holt, Crane, Halliday, Godbold, Fisk, Nolan (Bloomfield 78), McGee (Forshaw 78), Francis (Bussens 70). Subs (not used): Cockrill, Potter.
Goals: McGee (12, 20, 31), Godbold (15), Francis (53)
t Cheshunt: Williamson, Mountford, Parry, Tresarden, Cleaver, Lumsden (Velandia 76), Thomson (Akinawo 45), Salt, Harrison, Dearne, Light (Stamp 45). Subs (not used): Omand, Dos Anjos.
Bookings: Harrison, Dearne
Goal: Tresarden (90)
t Referee: D Stobart
t Attendance: 1,139