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Eastern Counties League record breakers Lakenheath preparing for first ever home floodlit fixture




Fresh from making history at the weekend, Lakenheath are now preparing for what will be another historic day for the club.

Ben Cowling’s side ran riot at Thurlow Nunn League First Division North basement side Wisbech St Mary on Saturday, scoring 15 unanswered goals at Beechings Close.

That is the record margin of victory for an away side in the Eastern Counties League, surpassing the 12-0 scoreline that Biggleswade recorded at Newmarket Town in 1961.

Lakenheath v Wisbech Ben Cowling Picture Mark Westley. (7751380)
Lakenheath v Wisbech Ben Cowling Picture Mark Westley. (7751380)

And on another day Lakenheath could have quite easily beaten the league’s biggest ever win – Lowestoft Town’s 19-0 triumph over Thetford Town 82 years ago.

Boss Cowling said: “It was one of those days. We have a lot of firepower at the club and plenty of players that want to score goals.

“We were five goals up at half-time despite playing against the wind and we said to the boys that we wanted them to be ruthless in the second half, which they were.

“Sometimes when scorelines get that big you get left-backs running 70 yards to join in but we kept doing things properly and they could not cope with our forward play.

Football action from Harleston v Lakenheath - Matt Howard (H) and Kelvin Enaro (L)..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (7683272)
Football action from Harleston v Lakenheath - Matt Howard (H) and Kelvin Enaro (L)..Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography. (7683272)

“We also had three disallowed goals, a couple of decent penalty shouts and their two goalkeepers over the course of the match have made seven or eight great saves. Had it ended up 20 or even 22-0 it would not have been a surprise.”

Attention now swiftly switches to tomorrow’s visit of Fakenham Town – a match that will mark the first game ever played under floodlights at The Pit (7.45pm). And with fifth-placed Lakenheath just one place and two points behind the away team, it promises to be a night to remember for all connected with the club.

“We want to get a big crowd in because it is an historic day for the club,” added Cowling. “It is a great reward for those behind the scenes that had the vision to take the club into the Eastern Counties League.

“We beat Fakenham 5-0 at their place in December but they have been on a cracking run since then. Both teams are two of the form sides in the division so it should be a really good game.

Football Lakenheath v Harleston Picture Mark Westley. (7751415)
Football Lakenheath v Harleston Picture Mark Westley. (7751415)

“You can never guarantee a good performance, but if we work hard and put in the effort, more times than not we will pick up results with the quality of player we have in the squad.”

Shaun Avis made it seven goals in two appearances for Lakenheath with five against Wisbech – a return matched by Kelvin Enaro. Aaron Turner (2), Sam Hawley and an own goal completed the scoring.



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