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Crucial draw for Lowestoft Railway Ldies earns them promotion to the Premier

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 March 2017

Lowestoft Railway celebrate clinching promotion to the Premier League. Picture: Claire Scrivener.

Lowestoft Railway celebrate clinching promotion to the Premier League. Picture: Claire Scrivener.

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Lowestoft Railway Ladies travelled to Norwich Dragons for a top-of-the-table clash at the weekend and after an excellent, closely-fought struggle, ended up with a 2-2 draw and a point which earned them promotion to the Premier Division.

The stakes were high for both teams, with Railway seeking just one point to seal their promotion to the higher level.

Railway started strongly with their usual confidence and skill. Midfielders Becky Howes, Hatty Lyman, Karen Wright, Claire Ward and Claire Scrivener controlled the play in the opening exchanges, allowing forwards Sophie Long and Becky Ingles to constantly threaten the Nrowch Dragons’ defence.

Their hard work was eventually rewarded. The opening goal came when Jo Pallant crisply struck the ball into the D and found Scrivener who slotted the ball past the advancing Dragons goalkeeper.

Undeterred, the home side fought back and pressurised the Railway defence. Defenders Jan Tizzard, Michelle Allis, Jo Beare and Lily Collins battled bravely to maintain Railway’s 1-0 advantage.

But despite their best efforts, Dragons soon replied with a goal of their own, levelling the match.

With the tension mounting from both teams, there were several goalscoring opportunities at either end.

Railway then worked hard to earn themselves a short corner. Tizzard’s initial strike was saved by the keeper, but she cleared the shot into the path of the awaiting Scrivener who placed the ball in the back of the net for her second goal of the game.

With the score at 2-1, Dragons came out in the second half with renewed determination and from the whistle pinned Railway deep into their own half. Keeper Sarah Hills was on hand to make some outstanding saves despite Dragons’ continuous attacks on goal.

Dragons continued to pressure and they finally earned a goal.

Railway, however, kept their cool and were determined to hang on to their point, with every player bravely pressing the opposition and forcing errors.

This allowed Hatty Lyman to utilise her speed and breakaway, making several attempts on goal.

To the relief of Railway, the final whistle blew and they claimed that crucial point and ultimately well-deserved promotion to the Premier flight after a hard-working season.

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