Lowestoft Town legend looking for Premier Cup glory prior to retirement
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Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman believes winning the Suffolk Premier Cup would be the perfect way to cap off his 33 years with the club.
Chapman will retire from football at the end of the season but hopes to add one more piece of silverware to the Crown Meadow trophy cabinet when his side take on Whitton United this evening.
“It would be a great way to sign off – it really would,” he said.
“To confirm our Conference status and win a trophy would mark a very successful campaign for us all.
“The supporters really deserve it as much as anything for the way they have stuck with us. We’re really looking forward to the game.”
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Having been made mathematically certain of Conference football next season, 11-time Premier Cup winners Lowestoft will name a strong side although Danny Crow (ankle) and Andrew Fisk (calf) continue to be sidelined.
The Blues, who operate three steps higher than their opponents in the non-league pyramid, will be strong favourites but Chapman insists they won’t be taking them lightly.
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“They’ve got a bit about them getting to the final and we all know that anything can happen,” he said.
“All we can do is approach the game in the right way, which we always try to do. There won’t be any complacency at our end.”
Meanwhile, player-coach Dan Gleeson has labelled the Trawlerboys’ progression this season as an ‘unbelievable achievement’ after Town secured their place in Conference football for another season after Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Hednesford Town.
“Survival is an unbelievable achievement for everyone at the football club, as the club have had to deal with an awful lot,” Gleeson told the Lowestoft website.
“Like the horrendous travelling, when the lads have been leaving at five or six in the morning to go to away matches, which is not ideal preparation for anyone let alone players at this level.
“So everyone has been an absolute credit to the club and thoroughly deserve what they’ve achieved, as the league have thrown everything at us and we’ve coped with it, bettered ourselves along the way and we will be a better football club for it.”
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