Hockey round-up: Lowestoft Railway finish season with a flourish
Lowestoft Railway 3 Thetford 0
After a run of poor results recently, Railway returned to winning ways at the weekend in the final league game of the season.
Playing host to bottom of the table, and already relegated Thetford, the home side started the game tentatively, displaying the effects of recent defeats with confidence visibly low. Thankfully Thetford were not at full strength and, with several inexperienced juniors playing, posed little threat. A single goal separated the two teams at the interval with Jason Harris supplying the pass from the left wing for Dave Berry to convert and assert himself as the Men's leading goal scorer this season.
Railway started the second period with more purpose, playing the ball around with quick accurate passing. Rob Hall added a second goal with a nicely taken shot from the edge of the D, lifting the ball into the net. Railway created numerous chances but lacked sharpness in their finishing as Thetford put up a spirited rearguard. It was late in the game when a reverse shot from Jason Harris sealed the win for Railway and concluded the action for the season.
This win elevated Railway up to a respectable fifth place finish in their first season back in Div 3NE, following their promotion last term.
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For the final match of the season the Railway ladies hosted Thetford at the East Point Academy.
From first push back both teams showed that only one result was wanted – a win. Consequently the hockey was fast paced. With around 20 minutes on the clock a Thetford player broke at lightning speed down the right wing, fired the ball for the waiting stick of a fellow team-mate and slotted the ball through the Railway keeper's feet.
Possession was 50/50, so it was unsurprising that Railway were able to work the ball up the pitch and into the Thetford D. Further pressure resulted in the award of several short corners, one of which was expertly slotted home by Kat Oldman. The teams went in all level at 1-1 at half-time.
The start of the second half saw Railway drop the pace with devastating consequences. Thetford began to camp out in the Railway D.
After a sensational save by Beckie Edmeades Thetford were awarded a short corner. After a bluffed first shot, the second attempt took a killer deflection from a Railway stick and the ball flew into the top right corner. Although Railway were able to up the pace with wingers Jess Newnham and Claire Scrivener darting down both wings, Railway could not make it passed the strong Thetford defence.
Before the final whistle Thetford were able to sneak a third goal taking the final score line to 3-1.
After a difficult season which saw Railway lose numerous players they find themselves bottom of the league after the final game. The entire squad is hoping that the 2012-2013 season will bring more good fortune.
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Sevenoaks Ladies II 3 Lowestoft Ladies I 0
Lowestoft travelled down to Sevenoaks for their final game of the season.
Both teams started well with end to end play, but the efforts of forward line Hannah Pickess, Amy Vallis and Katy Hands were thwarted by the Sevenoaks defence.
Sevenoaks caught Lowestoft on the break and earned their first short corner of the game. Charlotte Bonds' valiant goal line challenge wasn't quite enough and Sevenoaks were awarded a penalty flick, keeper Jo Pilbrow made an excellent save to keep the score level.
On 25 minutes Sevenoaks were awarded another short corner, which they cleanly converted to go ahead. Sevenoaks were now piling on the pressure but Hannah Nunn and Alex Bond worked well to keep them at bay. Just before half-time Sevenoaks doubled their lead from a free hit that was deflected into the goal.
Lowestoft started the second half well with confident passing between Kim Armon and Nic Pollard and Jess Holland and Chloe McMorran down the flanks. Unfortunately decisions were not going Lowestofts way and much of the attacking play was brought to a halt. The end of the game saw a tiring Lowestoft unable to keep up with the constant fresh legs of the Sevenoaks forward line. Jo Pilbrow made a good save only for the rebound to be converted.
Lowestoft will continue to train Tuesday evenings until the club AGM on April 21 starting at 10am, all existing players and newcomers warmly welcomed.