Such sweet revenge for the Trawlerboys
Terry Lynes Concord Rangers 0, Lowestoft Town 2: The beaming faces of the Lowestoft management team were broader than the English Channel yesterday as they watched their charges move up to fourth in the Ryman Premier Division with an impressive win at Concord Rangers.
Concord Rangers 0, Lowestoft Town 2
The beaming faces of the Lowestoft management team were broader than the English Channel yesterday as they watched their charges move up to fourth in the Ryman Premier Division with an impressive win at Concord Rangers.
The victory helped to erase the bitter memories of the five goal thrashing suffered at the same venue just five months earlier.
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It took the Blues just two minutes to take the lead as Adam Smith's superb free-kick found Lee McGlone rising majestically to head home.
Concord could make little impression on the solid Lowestoft defence with their only threat coming from a free-kick by Dave Collins, but Harry Elmes' header was well wide.
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Lowestoft always looked the more likely to score and central defender Greg Crane caught out keeper Dale Brightly with a 55-yard free-kick which drifted just wide.
A sweet flowing move featuring Scott Mitchell, McGlone and Jamie Godbold ended with the latter's shot being held by Brightly, who then flew across goal to superbly save Dale Cockrill's 30-yard thunderbolt.
A rare Concord counter saw Elmes clear but he was denied by a superbly timed saving tackle from Smith and the half ended as it had started with the Trawlerboys on the offensive but Danny Bloomfield's cross inches too far forward for Cockrill to reach.
Lowestoft continued in control in the second period with a quickly taken free-kick played through by Godbold to Bloomfield, whose shot was deflected wide. But the Blues deservedly moved two goals ahead on the hour mark when Mitchell played a pass inside the full-back to the overlapping Smith, who pulled the ball back from the byeline for Bloomfield to fire in at the near post.
Although more was seen of Concord as an attacking force in the second period they never looked like breaking through Lowestoft's impressive back four of Matt Halliday, Crane, Curtis Haynes-Brown and Smith.
Lowestoft looked the more likely to add to the score sheet with a McGlone header deflected wide and a Joe Francis cross turned just over his own bar by Lee White.
t Concord: Brightly, Miller (J Elmes 14), Glozier, Cowley, Thomas (Sontag 61), White, King, Lawson, Stokes (Brayley 67), H Elmes, Collins, Subs not used: K Smith, Johnson
t Lowestoft: Reynolds, Halliday, Smith, Fisk (Ainsley 73), Crane, Haynes-Brown, Godbold, Cockrill, McGlone, Bloomfield (Francis 80), Mitchell, Subs not used: Gaughran, Marsden, Bussens
t Attendance: 236