It's more than just me - Lowestoft ace

'ROCKET' Russell Stock's hat-trick may have launched Lowestoft Town into the quarter-finals of the FA Vase - but the striker has warned Bideford 'our goals could come from anywhere'.

Stuart Watson

By Stuart Watson

'ROCKET' Russell Stock's hat-trick may have launched Lowestoft Town into the quarter-finals of the FA Vase - but the striker has warned Bideford 'our goals could come from anywhere'.

The 31-year-old proved the hero in the fifth round by scoring twice in the final six minutes to force extra-time in a pulsating cup tie. And the imposing target man popped up once again in the additional 30 minutes to despatch nine man Hungerford Town 4-3 and send Crown Meadow into delirium.


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“It was the most nervy and exciting game I have ever played in,” said the former Wroxham forward. “I thought we'd lost it, but the ball kept falling to me and I was able to put them away.

“Our goals could come from anywhere though. You only have to look at the fact that Dale Cockrill is already into double figures for the season and he is a centre-half. Jamie Godbold and Gary McGee are also in double figures from midfield so you can see the quality all through our side. That's why, when we are losing, we always feel we can turn it around.”

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Ridgeons League table-toppers and last year's FA Vase finalists Lowestoft - who have won their last six matches in succession - host a Bideford side who currently sit ninth in the Western League Premier Division table on Saturday.

Stock said: “I don't think any of the lads have started thinking about Wembley yet. Last year we took each game as it came and we will are doing the same this year. Hungerford were a really tough side and I think Saturday is going to be even tougher.

“I think it will be a tighter affair this time because they look a solid side according to the reports we have been getting.”

And the striker also reserved special praise for his side's noisy band of supporters. He said: “They were fantastic in the last round. They really are a credit to the club. They give the lads so much confidence in games and it will be great to have them on Saturday.”

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