Bullish Micky Chapman rallies Lowestoft Town

Micky Chapman
Chapman manages Lowestoft with Ady Gallagher

Lowestoft Town joint-manager Micky Chapman says they are as determined as ever to continue their climb up the non-league pyramid.

The Trawlerboys were denied a third consecutive promotion when they were beaten 4-3 by Tonbridge in Saturday's Ryman Premier Division play-off final.

Chapman told BBC Radio Suffolk: "We can go on and on and strength to strength.

"We know we've got something special with that bunch of players and we'll make sure we'll come back stronger."

After a fourth-placed finish, Town had to face runners-up Tonbridge at their own ground and, after going 3-1 down, pulled back level only to succumb to Lewis Taylor's 80th-minute winner.

Victory would have secured a place in the Blue Square Bet South, two tiers from the Football League.

"We haven't lost any belief in the boys, we're proud of their efforts," Chapman added.

"They love Lowestoft Town, they wear the blue shirt with pride.

"When football kicks you in the teeth like this it's not nice, it happens to every team whatever level you play at.

"You've got two choices; you feel sorry for yourself or you go away and have a break and come back stronger than ever and that's what we aim to do.

"This bunch of boys deserve to be playing on a higher stage and we'll carry on working to get us there as soon as possible."