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5th Feb, 2018 at 9:22pm
 

Just like the Premiership this season, the Isthmian has runaway leaders in BillnRicky, so the focus is on the relegation battle, and our involvement, as Dean Brooks made clear in his recent EDP interview.
http://www.edp24.co.uk/sport/lowestoft-town/lowestoft-town-preview-1-5378410

It's not so long ago that we were involved in a battle to avoid the drop that lasted until the final game of the season. We bottled that one v Gloucester and suffered our first ever relegation. The damage was sustained well before that fateful game though, when we failed to beat those around us in the scramble to avoid the trapdoor.
http://www.lowestofttownfcfansforum.co.uk/cgi-bin/Forum/YaBB.pl?num=1446565853/0

Without any wins this year and no home win since November 2017 we have contrived to put ourselves in a position where we are involved yet again.
This time to secure our Isthmian League status.

Current Table
Played. Points
Enfield. 30/36
Kingstonian. 30/35
Harrow. 31/34
Needham. 32/33
Lowestoft. 31/31
Worthing. 31/31
Tooting. 32/29
Harlow. 32/28
Burgess Hill. 28/27

Thankfully there will only be one club relegated this season as the new structure at Step 3 begins next season.

Historically, the bottom Isthmian side have finished their season on 43 points or less. Sudbury finished one from bottom on 46 pts last term and were relegated. And 53 points wasn't enough to escape the drop for Harrow....they were lucky to escape with a reprieve.

So what will we need to ensure survival?

Any one of nine clubs could find themselves holding the wooden spoon at the seasons end. Which ensures we will be involved in a few six pointers.
Starting with Enfield on Tuesday evening.
Tooting later in the month, and Burgess Hill at home, are both must win games too.

With the congestion so tight at the bottom of the table, a total of 46 pts should be enough, which means we need 15 points from our remaining 15 games. If Jake Reed can refind his predatory instincts then that's quite achievable.

Four wins and three draws then.
It's going to be another 'one more point' plod though....☹️
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Reply #1 - 6th Feb, 2018 at 11:19pm
 
Having seen off a depleted Enfield this evening we can breathe a little easier, but not relax.

Tooting achieved what we couldn't at Wingate, escaping with a point. So no real change at the bottom.
We have leapfrogged Needham so are not the lowest Suffolk club.

Our next three fixtures could be season defining.....Dulwich at home and Billericay away. Two points from the pair would an achievement....but with Jake Reeds ⚽️⚽️drought broken and his confidence high could we yet surprise one or both of the high fliers?

The third game is probably the most important. A real six pointer.
Sat, Feb 17th Tooting come calling. This game is a must win.‼️

So as it stands were 18th on 34 from 32👍

12 more pts needed from 14 games
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Reply #2 - 9th Feb, 2018 at 6:15pm
 
Thanks to Levreds 2-1 victory over Burgess Hill on Weds evening the Sussex club remain rooted to bottom spot.

That could all change tomorrow as they travel to Harlow in a real six pointer. A win would see them leapfrog the Essex outfit with remaining games in hand.

It's too early to predict the final wooden spoonists but Harlow would be my guess if pushed.

The basement could look significantly different come 5pm tomorrow.


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Reply #3 - 14th Feb, 2018 at 4:08pm
 

Harlow and Burgess Hill shared the points on Saturday. So both remain in the red zone.

Tootings win over Wingate was a surprise.

It makes Saturday's game so important for both us and them. A real six pointer.
To stay clear of the critical zone we need to do the double over the resurgent South London outfit.‼️

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Reply #4 - 8th Mar, 2018 at 4:07pm
 
Following the admittance of a financial crisis at the club our attention has been drawn away from the relegation battle which is still very much ongoing.
Our failure to take all three points against Tooting added to our woes and now sees us in a four way struggle to avoid the trapdoor.

As it stands today.....

Lowestoft.               35/36 pts
Tooting.                   36/34
Harlow.                    36/31
Burgess Hill.           34/28

We still require 10 pts to ensure safety. Some I have spoken to lately would consider relegation to to the Isthmian One North a blessing as it would provide us with less travelling and an opportunity to rebuild in a less competitive league. That outcome presumes of course that we are able to fulfill our remaining 11 games.

Should we go into administration then it would result in a two division relegation back to the ECL.

All should be clear by the end of March. A month that sees Burgess Hill visit on 24th.
The outcome of that game could be pivotal.

Meantime Harlow have been picking up points recently. Draws against Worthing and Burgess Hill have eased the pressure on the Essex outfit. Their point against Folkestone was both hard earned and surprising. In fact they led for the better part of the game!

Our remaining games look daunting and gaining the 10 pts will be a struggle.
Visits to... Enfield
                  Harrow
                  Folkestone
                  Brightlingsea
                  Met Police
                  Dorking
and home games ....
                  Burgess Hill
                  Wingate
                  Dulwich
                  Hendon
                  Tonbridge

It may yet may see us requiring points at Dorking to retain our current status.
Expect many twists and turns as the season comes to its conclusion as we struggle both on and off the park.

11 games/10 pts ⏳
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Reply #5 - 13th Mar, 2018 at 8:54pm
 
As a result of the Wingate match at a waterlogged Meadow being postponed this evening, along with the Burgess Hill v Dorking game, all eyes were turned toward Tootings efforts at Thurrock.

Thankfully the home side triumphed 4-1 to sink the South London outfit deeper into the mire and make our position just a little more secure.

As it stands.......

Lowestoft 36/36 goal diff -21
Harlow. 37/34. .. -31
Tooting. 38/34. .. -37
Burgess Hill. 34/28. .. -29

Our goal difference is as good as a point currently and may well see us safe even if we don't reach the magic 46pts mark.

10 to play and 10 pts needed for definate safety. ⏳

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Reply #6 - 17th Mar, 2018 at 4:20pm
 
Snow in London today saw our game v Harrow postponed but we lost no ground as
all those below us lost, cementing our 21st slot.
Tooting 0-2 Hendon
Mertsham 2-0 Harlow
Burgess Hill 1-2 Brightlingsea

Dulwich visit the Meadow on Tuesday, and then we play our last Mini League game, next Saturday v Burgess Hill.

Our record against fellow strugglers to date.
Two losses to Harlow 0-2/0-3
Win and draw Tooting 5-2/0-0
Win at Burgess Hill 5-0

Table
Harlow 6/13
Burgess H 5/10
Lowestoft. 5/7
Tooting 6/1

Apart from the 5-0 thrashing we handed out to them back in October, Burgess Hills record against fellow mini league strugglers looks good. A win and a draw v Harlow, and two wins over Tooting.

All to play for on Saturday then.

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Reply #7 - 6th Apr, 2018 at 9:49pm
 
March turned out to be a pointless month. ☹️

Perhaps the most dissapointing, of the four games, was the Burgess Hill defeat.
This was the game we couldn't afford to lose, but somehow we contrived to.
A big missed opportunity.

So into April which began with yet another defeat, away at Brighlingsea.
After the performance at Folkestone I expected to get something from the Bank Holiday encounter, but again our failure to find the net cost us.

Thankfully Tooting are having similar difficulties and with games running out, the South London side, now look favourites for a quick return to Isthmian South.

Their last point was against us, back in February. Since then they have suffered 7 straight defeats, conceding 18 in the process. Here's the 3 that Worthing put past them....... https://youtu.be/if53BsjEGgo

Burgess Hill by contrast, having picked up the 3 pts against us, followed that up with a 3-1 win last night, to haul themselves off the bottom.
Josh Greenleaf came off the bench and scored. 👏 https://youtu.be/MRHgtdtvBtY

Harlow have picked up points and look safe.
They visit Tooting later this month.

Bottom 4
Harlow 40. -31 g/d. 40pts
Lowestoft 40. -27. 36
Burgess Hill. 40. -32. 34
Tooting 42. -46. 34

6/10 ⌛️

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Reply #8 - 7th Apr, 2018 at 10:59pm
 
A weekend off gave the us opportunity to rest up whilst other battled it out.

Burgess Hill continued their revival with a creditable draw at home to Dulwich.
Dulwich will be rueing missed chances and an opportunity to close the gap on Billericay.

More importantly Burgess Hill closed the gap on us ......https://youtu.be/S1Ji7W_qXxo

Tooting saw out a stalemate at home to mid table Tonbridge and moved to within a point of us.

Harlow, despite a 2-0 half time advantage, lost unsurprisingly at Margate, who scored four in a second half full of incident. Margate played out the last 20 minutes with 10 following the dismissal of Essuman.

Its getting even tighter at the bottom now......

Harlow.            41/40
Lowestoft.       40/36
Burgess Hill.    41/35
Tooting.            43/35

We badly need ⚽️⚽️⚽️ and a win v Hendon on Tuesday evening.
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Reply #9 - 8th Apr, 2018 at 12:55pm
 
What difference will Thurrock resigning from the league make.
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Reply #10 - 9th Apr, 2018 at 1:21pm
 
brian the cap wrote on 8th Apr, 2018 at 12:55pm:
What difference will Thurrock resigning from the league make.


None whatsoever.....see Thurrock resign on Football Chat.

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Reply #11 - 9th Apr, 2018 at 5:48pm
 
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Reply #12 - 11th Apr, 2018 at 5:55pm
 
Thanks to the victory over Hendon yesterday evening there is now daylight between us and the bottom two. For us to be overhauled, either Burgess Hill or Tooting, will need to win two of their remaining games.

Draws will not be good enough as our goal difference is so superior.

Burgess Hill remaining games ......
Leatherhead
Leiston
Staines
Harrow

Tooting and Mitcham remaining........
Harrow
Harlow
Met Police

I can't see either getting the necessary victories. And this presumes that we gain no further wins, which is not a given.

We could yet be founding members of the Central Division at Step 3 if results go our way.

Lowestoft. 41/39
Burgess Hill. 42/35
Tooting. 43/35


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Reply #13 - 15th Apr, 2018 at 12:23pm
 

The 1-0 win over the Met in Molesey yesterday saw us reach the 42pt mark.
Enough in the event to avoid relegation.
Tooting picked up a point at Harrow 1-1, whilst Burgess Hill went down to two Jack Ainsley goals at Victory Road. They now hold the wooden spoon.
Will it be the Sussex or the South London outfit that picks up this unwanted dubious award at the seasons end?

Over the past few games the team have not always got what their efforts deserved but they have dug in and have shaped up to be a battling, dogged and spirited outfit.
Yesterday they got their reward. All credit to them.

With our participation in that battle now over it will give the club a much needed lift as we face our three final games of the season.

It's unusual for us to be going into the last games of the season with nothing riding on them but there's still points, and team places, to be played for.
So, I'm sure motivation will not be lacking.
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Reply #14 - 15th Apr, 2018 at 4:43pm
 
Congrats to DB and the current squad of heroic, battlers after a very good few days of passionate football. Now that we have secured our step 3 safety the chaps should take the opportunity to release anxieties on the pitch and play with freedom and totally enjoy the remaining 3 matches. Hopefully we can attract big gates for the last two home games and get some needed cash into the coffers.
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