1 Magazine - Autumn 2018

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fter 10 years of almost continual success the last three seasons have brought Lowestoft Town FC back to earth with a bump.

However Lowestoft Town FC are bouncing back with renewed vigour following numerous changes during the close season after a very difficult early summer period in 2018. The club is moving forwards into Season 2018-2019 with renewed optimism for the future both on, and off, the pitch. On the pitch, football wise we are now playing in the exciting new Step 3 football league; the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division Central; just one step below the National League Conference North/ South divisions. In addition we have a new management team (experienced former players Jamie Godbold & Andy Reynolds) and an impressive new squad has been assembled, with 21 players signed and committed to the club for season 2018-2019. There are experienced returning players from previous seasons including captain Travis Cole, Adam Smith, Andrew Fisk, Shaun Bammant who have been joined by some of the best young players in the region having been recruited during the summer including Connor Deeks, Henry Pollock, Connor Ingram Ben Fowkes and a selection of players form the Lowestoft Town FC scholarship programme have also been invited to join the first team squad by Jamie and Andy. With the season having kicked off in August “The Trawlerboys” suffered two narrow 0-1 defeats; away to Halesowen Town and at home to St Ives Town, both goals being conceded in the final minutes of the matches, before gaining a much deserved 3-2 victory over Hitchin Town in mid-August to provide a base upon which to build for the remainder of the season. Plus as the season progresses The Trawlerboys will join in the chase for both The Emirates FA Cup and The Buildbase FA Trophy competitions once the preliminary rounds have been completed. And they will also be competing again in the Suffolk Premier Cup having last reached the final in 2016-2017. Football at The Amber Dew Events Stadium will be coming thick and fast during season 2018-2019 as the Lowestoft Town FC Scholarship team will once again be playing in The National League U-19 Alliance (Division C) , usually playing home matches on Wednesday afternoons at The Amber Dew Events Stadium. Additionally we will be fielding a new Lowestoft Town FC “Veterans” team this season in the Norfolk & Suffolk Veterans League (Over 35’s) that will be playing their home fixtures also at The Amber Dew Events Stadium on Sunday afternoons. Lowestoft Town FC have also partnered with local club Waveney FC to allow their Thurlow Nunn Youth League (East) Youth Team to play their midweek home matches at the Amber Dew Events Stadium. Waveney FC first team will also play a number of their Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination Premier Division home matches at the stadium when LTFC first team are playing away.

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