Suffolk and Essex sides in FA Trophy action

LOWESTOFT Town will hope their cup-fighting qualities come to the fore again at Brentwood Town in the FA Trophy this afternoon.

The Trawlerboys trailed 2-0 at home to Tilbury on Tuesday in the second round of the League Cup entering the final minute of the match at Crown Meadow.

Goals from Joe Clarke and Stuart Ainsley, both coincidentally after Jamie Forshaw efforts came back off a post, took the tie to a penalty shoot-out which saw goalkeeper Jake Jessup save three of the visitors’ four spot kicks as Lowestoft went through 3-1 on penalties.

Ryman League Premier Division Lowestoft will start favourites to win today against their Division One North opponents who, like the Suffolk side, lost in the end-of-season play-off final in their respective divisions last season.

Needham Market, who have released midfielder Ryan Foster from his two-year contract, enter this afternoon’s tie at Redbridge having scored 24 goals in their last four matches.

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The club’s director of football Andy Gould said: “We have won four games on the spin for the first time this season and seem to have hit on a winning formula. The introduction of Jose Espinosa and Angelo Harrop at this point in time has made a big difference to us.”

Today sees the first of two meetings in the space of four days between the two clubs, who come face-to-face again in the league on Tuesday at Bloomfields.

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