Lowestoft area hockey round-up
PUBLISHED: 10:33 25 March 2011 | UPDATED: 10:36 25 March 2011
Lowestoft Railway 7, UEA II 4
Railway played host to the students of UEA on Saturday in their final home game of the season at Kirkley High School. Railway did exactly what was required in a breathtaking opening spell that produced six goals by the half time interval. After just four minutes Sam Daniels swept the home side into the lead meeting a cross from Jason Harris on the left. The two players combined again on 12 minutes when a surging run and cross from Harris again was spectacularly dispatched into the roof of the net by Daniels. The dream start continued a minute later when Elliot Gooch flicked in a rebound off the keeper from a short corner. Matt Payne tapped in a cross from Jason Harris who this time switched to the right wing for the fourth goal. A few minutes later the same player added his second goal with a reverse stick shot through the keeper’s legs to give Railway a very comfortable lead. A brief lapse in concentration allowed the visitors to claim a goal back before a crisp strike from a short corner by Jamie Ayers restored the five-goal advantage. The second half saw Jason Harris round off a fine individual performance with the goal of the game. Railway then seemed to step off the pace and the students took full advantage of the situation with a late flurry of goals.
Lowestoft Railway Ladies ll 0, North Walsham ll 3
North Walsham needed a win from their meeting with Railway to keep their promotion hopes alive. North Walsham’s relentless early pressure paid off and Railway could do nothing to prevent the ball from inching over the line after a tangled goal mouth scramble. In the second half play switched from end to end as both sides tried to find a way through until eventually Railway were caught on the break when North Walsham swiftly moved the ball into the D and thumped it home to go two ahead. Things then got even more difficult for Railway when a yellow card incident reduced them to 10 players. However, the threat of being outnumbered seemed to galvanise the home side into action and saw them perform their best spell of the match, passing the ball fluently and pressing the North Walsham goal. But as Railway pushed up the field they left a gap in defence which was duly exploited by an alert North Walsham attack who went on to score their third goal of the game.
Holcombe Ladies I 2, Lowestoft Ladies I 1
On their travels for the last time this season Lowestoft were in awe of the facilities on offer at Holcombe Hockey Club and left their running legs on the bus as they were on the backfoot from the first whistle. Lowestoft fell behind on six minutes when they failed to defend a free hit outside the area and allowed a free strike on goal. Lowestoft now had the initiative and forced the home side back with some crisp passing and off the ball running. On 34 minutes Lowestoft deservedly drew level when a flowing move involving Kim Armon, Charlotte Bond, Charlotte Holland and Nic Pollard saw Nic round the keeper only to find her goal bound shot being stopped by the foot of a defender. The resulting penalty flick was confidently dispatched by Chloe to leave the scores level at half time. The second half saw a tense affair with the home side pushing hard but wary of Lowestoft’s pace on the break. On 44 minutes a well worked Holcombe short corner routine saw Kate Bond save low to her right and the follow up shot was superbly saved on the line by Charlotte B.
The last ten minutes of the game saw Holcombe win short corner after short corner and once again keeper Kate Bond saved well from a high drag flick and sister Charlotte B at full stretch saved dramatically off the line. However Lowestoft were very unlucky to concede a short corner in the last minute of the match and the drag flick deflected into the goal off keeper Kate’s pads.