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First home defeat of the season for Lowestoft Railway seconds

PUBLISHED: 16:52 03 November 2017

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Lowestoft Railway II suffered their first home defeat of the season in Division 5NE of the East League, going down 2-0 to a useful Watton side placed second in the league.

Railway struggled to piece together any meaningful spells of possession and were for the most part put on the back foot against a lively Watton attack.

The home side defended diligently with Chris Ward and Matt Eagle organising the defence and working tirelessly to keep the opposition out.

Behind them was keeper Barnaby King who, kindly helping out for the day, pulled off a string of excellent saves throughout the game.

Railway did however concede a goal midway through the first period from a penalty corner that took a deflection off the defender’s stick.

The visitors never allowed Railway to settle and play their usual short passing game, which resulted in chances at the other end being limited to the odd long ball counter attack or penalty corner.

Railway continued to battle on and were disappointed to concede again after the attacker appeared to take the ball under control illegally on the back of his stick before scoring.

Special mention should go to Phil Dougherty for his endless running and tackling in the centre of the midfield that deservedly earned him man-of-the-match and for keeper King for pulling on the keeper’s kit.

In Division 4NE Railway’s firsts travelled to King’s Lynn and were beaten 7-4 by Pelicans III.

Railway’s ladies’ teams had a weekend off and return to action in the Empresa Norfolk League tomorrow.

Lowestoft Ladies consolidated their mid-table position in Division 1N of the East League when they drew 2-2 with visitors St Ives.

They hit the road to take on Newmarket tomorrow.

In the same section Norwich City were beaten for the first time this season when they went down 4-3 at home to fellow high-flyers Harleston Magpies, Dereham returned home from St Neots with an excellent 1-0 victory and Watton saw off UEA 3-1.

A couple of games were played in Empresa Norfolk Women’s League, Evergreens beating Loddon 1-0 in the Premier Division and Herlings seeing off North Norfolk II 2-0 in Division Two.

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