Lowestoft Town will be playing in the Football Conference for the first time in its history after a comprehensive 3-0 win against….
…..AFC Hornchurch in Bank Holiday Monday`s Ryman League Premier Division play-off final at Crown Meadow.
The Trawlerboys were looking to put previous play-off misery behind them, having lost in in the last three seasons, while the Urchins were looking for a swift return to the higher echelons of the non-League Pyramid.
The home side, boosted by a terrific crowd of 2,697, were quickly out of the traps and winer Chris Henderson had an early effort go over the bar.
Home striker Shaun Bammant had a great chance to put his side in front after just 4 minutes, but his weak effort when clean through was easily dealt with by Urchins` keeper Inigo Echepare.
At the opposite end Leigh Bremner had a shot saved by Ashlee Jones, but it came as little surprise when Lowestoft took the lead on the half-hour mark.
Rob Eagle got on the end of a good through ball from Rossi Jarvis to beat Echepare from around twelve yards out.
Just 4 minutes after half-time the Trawlerboys made it 2-0 when Jake Reed got on the end of a Bammant flick-on to beat Echepare with a powerful effort.
And seconds after Eagle had gone close to making it 3-0, the hosts did add a third goal when Curtis Haynes-Brown volleyed home from 18 yards following an Eagle corner.
Hornchurch rarely looked like threatening a comeback, although the dangerous George Purcell, who had been stifled well by the home defence, did go close a couple of times before the end.
Although it was an outcome few of the current Conference South clubs would have preferred, given Lowestoft`s geographical location, they are a well-run outfit who possess a good fan base.