Lowestoft Town in positive mood ahead of cup final

Lowestoft Town players can only stand and watch as Concord Rangers celebrate after the final whistle

Lowestoft Town players can only stand and watch as Concord Rangers celebrate after the final whistle of the play-off final - Credit: James Bass

LOWESTOFT Town will be looking to put their play-off heartbreak behind them and retain the John Banks Suffolk FA Premier Cup tonight.

The Trawlerboys have had a week to reflect on their 2-1 Ryman League play-off final loss to Concord Rangers - their third in successive seasons - ahead of tonight’s Portman Road showpiece against Bury Town, kick-off 7pm.

Joint manager Ady Gallagher said: “We are still proud of our achievements and we are moving in the right direction. It didn’t work out the way we wanted it to in the final last Monday, but we all know the play-offs are a lottery and they can by won by a team with momentum or a team with the fitter squad of players and decisions can go for or against you on the day.

“You have to dust yourself down and get back on it again and that is exactly what we will be looking to do against Bury Town in the final.

“We were all very disappointed - it is the biggest disappointment I have had in football, more so than losing at Wembley - but we had our presentation night on Saturday and it gave me a massive lift and all the club a massive lift to see the level of support for the players and the team.

“Everyone was really positive - the supporters believe in us and the players believe in them - and we are all looking forward to Tuesday night and next season.

“If you look at our recent history over the last decade or so we have had a habit of winning trophies almost every season. We are constantly striving to achieve and that is what we will be looking to do on Tuesday without a shadow of doubt.

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“The boys have had a week without a game and will be fresh and looking forward to the game against Bury which always has some local spice to it.

“We have a history of playing well in finals at Portman Road and we can take that confidence into the game.”

Lowestoft will be without long-term injury victim Jack Defty while Hakeem Araba and Joe Benjamin are ineligible as they were both signed too late to play in tonight’s final.

For updates on tonight’s final follow @Nick_Garnham on Twitter from around 6.30pm.

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