LOWESTOFT Town will be looking to put right some of the wrongs from their league loss to Needham Market when they meet in the first leg of the Turners Hyundai Suffolk Premier Cup Final on Tuesday.
The Trawlerboys were beaten 3-1 at Bloomfields in the Pitching In Southern League Premier Central Division just ten days ago.
They return there for the delayed 2019-20 final on Tuesday evening, kick-off 7.30pm, looking to make amends for their performance in that match in the first two-legged final for 40 years.
Lowestoft Town manager Jamie Godbold said: “We will go into the game knowing that at the end of 90 minutes it will still only be half time.
“There has been a lot of comments made about it being a two-legged final, but for us it is the opportunity to play in a cup final with the second leg in front of our own fans and the opportunity to put a trophy on the table for Lowestoft Town.
“I don’t think it matters whether you play at home or away first, but we just want to make sure we are still in the game going into the second leg in front of our home support.”
Looking back on that 3-1 loss, in which Needham were reduced to ten men after 35 minutes when Keiran Morphew received a straight red card, Godbold said: “I think we learnt about ourselves that day.
“It is the one performance we have had so far this season where we have let ourselves down.
“In the first half they were excellent with their movement and ball retention and we didn’t get close enough to them.
“The game changed when they had a sending off, but they defended well and we found them hard to break down.
“It is still fresh in everyone’s memories and we will be hoping to put some of the wrongs from that game right.”
Jack Wilkinson is ruled out by a hamstring injury and Travis Cole is awaiting the result of a scan from a head injury in Lowestoft’s match against Peterborough Sports two weeks ago.
However, Ipswich Town loanees Colin Oppong and Levi Andoh are both eligible to play along with ex-Norwich City winger Connor Parsons, who joined the Trawlerboys at the start of October.
Needham will be without former Ipswich Town midfielder Byron Lawrence, who is cup-tied after playing in the competition for previous club Leiston.
Lowestoft’s Jake Reed (blue shirt) is pictured firing in a shot at goal during their 2-0 semi-final victory over Bury Town (orange shirts) at Felixstowe & Walton United FC.
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