Wider pitch should suit Stock and Blues

CROWN Meadow will be bursting at the seams today and Lowestoft Town striker Russell Stock can't wait to hear the noise of the Trawler Boys.

Stuart Watson

Wider pitch should suite Stock and Blues

By Stuart Watson

CROWN Meadow will be bursting at the seams today and Lowestoft Town striker Russell Stock can't wait to hear the noise of the Trawler Boys.


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The Suffolk club had sold all 2,250 of their tickets for today's match by midweek such is excitement surrounding the return leg of the FA Vase semi-final against Whitley Bay.

The Blues - who lost in the final at Wembley last season - trail 2-1 at half-time in the tie, but Stock says there will be no nerves on his behalf when it comes to playing in front of such a large partisan crowd.

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“I was more nervous about last weekend's game than this one because the tie could have been over and done with before the second leg,” said the 31-year-old target man. “There's just a goal in it though and now I'm now just really looking forward to getting out in front of a big home crowd.”

Stock is also hopeful that home advantage will bring another sort of benefit to the Blues. Last Saturday's game was played on a compact Hillheads pitch and, as a result, Lowestoft were unable to get the ball into wide areas as much as they would have liked.

The former Wroxham striker - who has scored a number of headers in the competition this season - subsequently received fewer balls to attack from wide positions and was eventually withdraw after 77 minutes.

He said: “The way we play we like to get the ball wide because we've got to very good wide players, while Gary McGee also likes to run into the space. I think the wider pitch at home really does suit our style of play.”

Stock, who works for an oil and gas company in Great Yarmouth, added: “It's just a case of who is the hungriest for this now. We want to go back to Wembley and put right last year. We will certainly be using that as motivation.”

- Lowestoft Town have sold their entire allocation for today's match. The club had to declare their maximum capacity to the Football Association at the start of the season and submitted a figure of 2,250 following the advice of the police and fire service. Whitley Bay have been given 338 tickets, their full entitlement of 15%.

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