Lowestoft Town into FA Vase semi-finals
Lowestoft Town 4, Bideford 0Lowestoft Town are through to the FA Vase semi-finals after a comfortable victory over Bideford. A Russell Stock brace, plus strikes from Gary McGee and Richard Woodrow were more than enough against the game but ultimately limited Western Premier side, in front of 1,725 fans at Crown Meadow.
Lowestoft Town 4, Bideford 0
Lowestoft Town are through to the FA Vase semi-finals after a comfortable victory over Bideford.
A Russell Stock brace, plus strikes from Gary McGee and Richard Woodrow were more than enough against the game but ultimately limited Western Premier side, in front of 1,725 fans at Crown Meadow.
The Blues are now a two-legged semi-final away from making their second successive Wembley final.
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Lowestoft came closest to opening the scoring on 23 minutes. Russell Stock and Gary McGee did well to work an opening for Jamie Godbold, whose glorious strike from 25 yards hit an upright.
But the Blues did take the lead six minutes later. Richard Woodrow's superb pass got the ball rolling and when Reece Hunn got the ball down the left his cross was expertly headed over Draper and in by Stock.
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Matty Potter went close after McGee broke away, while a Carl Poppy free kick had Draper in all sorts of trouble. But although Town started to dominate, the visitors' strikers still posed a threat and Shane Tolley should have done better with his free header.
Lowestoft made a dream start to the second half as McGee found himself on his own only three minutes after the restart having sprung the offside trap, and he coolly lobbed the ball over the stranded keeper.
Town were looking comfortable and McGee nearly had his second just after the hour, when he beat the Bideford offside trap once more but his close-range effort from a narrow angle cannoned back off a post.
Bideford came within centimetres of getting back into the game when an almighty scramble saw the ball bobble alarmingly in the Blues six-yard box before being cleared.
The game was put beyond doubt on 69 minutes thanks to a brilliant Lowestoft counter. Dale Cockrill's improvised pass and McGee's back-heel set Godbold through and his perfect slide-rule pass left Woodrow to finish with composure.
The icing on the cake came with seven minutes left. Poppy's cracking ball forward caught the Bideford defence flat-footed and Stock slotted home comfortably.
Lowestoft: Reynolds, Poppy, Potter, Woodrow, Plaskett, Darren Cockrill, Godbold, Dale Cockrill, Stock, McGee, Hunn. Subs: Saunders, King, McNeil, Hough, McKenna.
Bideford: Draper, Downing, Barker, Herrera, Hawkings, Rivans, Francis, Down, Tolley, Wood, Laight. Subs: Densham, Lewis, Veale.
Ref: Ray Lee, Essex.