Lowestoft march on after thriller

Lowestoft moved into the first round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1977 after a thrilling contest witnesses by a mammouth crowd of 2,247.

Lowestoft 4 Gloucester 2

Lowestoft moved into the first round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1977 after a thrilling contest witnesses by a mammouth crowd of 2,247.

The goal hero of the night for Town was Andrew Fisk with a brace - his first goals for Lowestoft after joining this year.

With nine minutes gone Tom Hamblin bundled over the dangerous Fisk and Town were awarded a penalty, from which Matt Nolan made no mistake from the spot. It became 2-0 on 16 minutes with a well-taken goal by Scott Mitchell.


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It became all Town for a while, with full-back Plaskett moving up and setting up Craig Bussens for a snap-shot and Gary Magee with a smart header.

The outplayed visitors won their first corner on 23 minutes and Mike Symons was tackled as he was about to shoot by defender Crane on 26 minutes.

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Then the game went quiet for a while until the second penalty of the night was awarded for a foul on Gloucester's Matt Rose and up stepped Lee Smith to put the visitors back into the game.

Half time came and Town had time to take stock of the situation and after the break the game became cat and mouse, with Lowestoft playing on the break, instigated by Magee.

On the hour mark Lowestoft made a double sustitution, introducing Dale Cockrill and Ross King and it soon paid off with a tremendous stooping header by Fisk that flashed into the far corner of the net.

Nolan was put through by Fisk soon after but he spurned his chance as gaps appeared in the Gloucester defence.

Bookings then took their toll as time began to run out and with six minutes left Tom Webb unleashed a low shot from 26 yards that went along the ground all the way and squirmed past home keeper Reynolds to pull it back to 3-2.

In a nail-biting finale, Gloucester even pushed up keeper Mike Green for two set-piece moves but substitute Jamie Godbold, with a fine piece of wizardry, beat two players in a right-wing move and pulled the ball back for goalscoring hero Fisk to net from six yards out and send the home crowd into raptures.

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