Saturday saw the return of Jack Green, Macsen Fraser and Elliot Bailey to the starting line up so the team more or less mirrored the one that competed very well with Kettering. I was pleased with the response I got and it was a good solid first half performance. I felt we shaded the first half and was obviously happy not to concede a goal. When we took the lead in the second half I felt it was deserved.

An unfortunate defensive error led to Lowestoft equalising and this gave them the initiative and they began to get a foothold in the game. The sending off of one of their players gave us an opening which we duly took with a fine finish and we led 2-1 with just six minutes to go. At this point we should have won the game. However a combination of poor game management and Lowestoft’s boom and bust strategy brought about our downfall. Lowestoft employed three strikers and we failed to cope with the pressure exerted on us and I put this down to the fragile mental state we were in after the Needham Market game. This was addressed at training on Monday and it is important we learn from these mistakes.

After the Lowestoft match I felt as bad if not worse than after Needham Market. However on reflection whilst the ideal response would have been a victory and a good response would have been a draw we will have to settle for the positive of a much improved performance.

MARK BURKE

The first team return to action at Top Field this Saturday. You can purchase discounted online match tickets until 8pm on Friday by clicking here.