Injuries take their toll on Lowestoft Town ahead of Suffolk Premier Cup final

LOWESTOFT Town’s team for tonight’s LB Group Suffolk Premier Cup final may select itself.

Joint manager Ady Gallagher admitted yesterday that the end-of-season schedule had taken its toll on the Trawlerboys.

Lowestoft face the possibility of ending arguably the most successful season in the club’s history without any silverware.

In addition to finishing third in the Ryman League Premier Division, before losing Monday’s play-off final 2-1 after extra time against AFC Hornchurch, Lowestoft reached the semi-finals of the Ryman League Cup, where they lost to Bury Town, who they now face in tonight’s final.

Lowestoft last lifted the Suffolk Premier Cup in the 2008/09 season when they defeated Needham Market 3-2 in a thrilling final.

It will be their first appearance at the home of Ipswich Town since that final and Gallagher said: “Both ourselves and the players are looking forward to playing at Portman Road.

“After Monday it is nice to have another game. It is always harder to lose in a play-off final and then not have another game until the next season.

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“We have got several injuries as the end of the season has taken its toll on the players. We picked up a few on Monday and so we will assess the squad and see who is fit to play.

“Those players that are fit will want to play and those who are not fit enough will be honest to say they can not play to the standards we expect from them.”

Gallagher described tonight’s showpiece occasion as a “massive derby” between the two teams.

He said: “Playing against Bury is always a tough game. They are a well organised side.

“As well as a cup final it is a massive derby between two teams who play at the same level. The games are always competitive and close, and we have had some good encounters against them.”

For Twitter updates on tonight’s final follow @Nick_Garnham

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