Chapman: We deserved to win the cup

DELIGHTED Lowestoft Town joint-manager Mick Chapman said he felt they deserved to win the LB Group Suffolk Premier Cup final after their thrilling 3-2 victory over Needham Market at Portman Road last night.

Elvin King

DELIGHTED Lowestoft Town joint-manager Mick Chapman said he felt they deserved to win the LB Group Suffolk Premier Cup final after their thrilling 3-2 victory over Needham Market at Portman Road last night.

Chapman said: “Over 90 minutes we deserved to win, but full marks to Needham - they are a very good side.

“We had the edge in the first half and if we had gone three-up it would have sealed it.


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“Needham showed their class by hitting back. But after they equalised we had chances.

“It was typical cut and thrust cup football and must have been a great game for the fans.”

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Chapman, who jointly manages the side with Ady Gallagher, continued: “We are delighted to have achieved the double and this goes some way to erasing the disappointment of going out of the FA Vase at the semi-final stage.

“The lads could have fallen apart after that but they came again and they are all out of the top drawer.

“We had fantastic support here tonight and have enjoyed the night and enjoyed the season.”

Needham manager Danny Laws said some harsh words were spoken in the dressing room at half-time.

“We were fortunate it was just two goals at the interval,” he said. “This was the essence of what I said to them at the interval - the game could have been over.

“At three we would have been out of the game. We were making too many errors and could have conceded more.

“After the break we stopped making mistakes and got back into the game - and then had chances to go ahead.

“I did not get a clear view of the late penalty, but the referee is there to make decisions.

“It has not been our season one way and another, but this is a young side and they will come again.

“Lowestoft have dominated Ridgeons League football this season and we took them right to the wire.”

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