Lowestoft Town hoping it will be fourth time lucky in Ryman Premier Play-off final
Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman insists there is still plenty of work for his side to do despite watching the Blues secure their place in another play-off final with a 2-1 win at Bognor Regis last night.
Jake Reed’s 78th minute winner booked the Trawlerboys’ place in Monday’s showpiece when they will face AFC Hornchurch at Crown Meadow after the Urchins saw off Kingstonian last night. And after three play-off final failures, Chapman feels confident the Trawlerboys can finally finish the job at the fourth time of asking.
“I can’t praise the lads enough – that was probably our best display of the season,” he said. “The boys have gone out there tonight after a long journey and put in an awesome shift.
“The reality is it could have been a lot more but 2-1 is fantastic. Let’s just remember though that the prize today is just another cup final. We will enjoy tonight – we’re there – but we’ve got another job to do now.
“We will get today out of our system, rest some weary legs, and go again on Monday.”
The victory was the minimum Lowestoft deserved as, after going behind, the Blues thoroughly outplayed their hosts, creating chance after chance in the second period. It looked like the missed opportunities might come back to haunt the Suffolk side before Reed pounced with a trademark finish.
“Even when they scored through a soft goal I knew we would come back into it,” said Chapman. “We were creating chance after chance and it never entered my head that we wouldn’t score.
“There were goals in us – it was great goal from Curtis (Haynes-Brown) and then we had more opportunities before Jake did what he does best.
“It was a fantastic finish from Reedy. He has missed one earlier but he’s the type of lad that doesn’t let it effect him and he thoroughly deserved his goal.”