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Lowestoft Railway II show their character to take win against Bury St Edmunds

PUBLISHED: 09:16 19 January 2018

Lowestoft Ladies first team (red) versus Watton at East Point Academy. Pictures: Mick Howes

Lowestoft Ladies first team (red) versus Watton at East Point Academy. Pictures: Mick Howes

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Lowestoft Railway II had to come from behind twice before finally securing a 4-3 win against Bury St Edmunds IV at the East Point Academy on Saturday.

Railway started the game strongly, attacking the Bury goal and creating numerous chances, but conceded a goal against the run of play to trail to the visiting team.

Undeterred, Railway continued to press forward and soon got back on level terms after Jon Wilkinson and Matt Payne linked up to create an opening for Darren Raymont to drill the ball across the goal into the far corner.

Railway then took the lead after Phil Dougherty battled in typical fashion to win the ball in the midfield, to then put Dave Berry through on goal for the striker to finish with a reverse stick shot.

Railway then had a short spell of complete control, but couldn’t quite convert the possession and chances into goals, missing a penalty flick and hitting the post.

Having weathered the storm and escaping unscathed, Bury then fought back to put the Railway defence of Dick Alexander, Peter Newnham, Chris Ward, Matt Eagle and Will Graham under pressure and force several penalty corners.

Two goals from the visiting team gave Bury the lead again by midway through the second half.

With Railway heads down and thoughts drifting to earlier missed chances, out of nowhere, Dave Berry tucked the ball into the goal through a crowd of players to spark a late revival for the home side, as the game took yet another turn.

With the clock running down and both sides pressing for the winning goal, the game was evenly contested and finely balanced. There was just time for one last push forward when Ollie Payne picked up the ball inside the Railway half, before switching the play out to Ross Kozyrko on the left. Kozyrko used his pace along the wing to get in behind the Bury defence and play a nicely-weighted cross into Matt Payne who took the ball around the keeper before finishing with a reverse stick flick, which turned to be the very last touch of the game.

The umpire blew the final whistle as the players jogged back up the pitch, much to the delight of everyone wearing a Railway shirt. MoM was Chris Ward.

It was a disappointing day for Railway’s first team as they went down 4-0 at North Norfolk in a top-of-the-table battle.

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