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Hockey: Mixed fortunes for Lowestoft Railway teams

PUBLISHED: 17:57 10 January 2018

Lowestoft Railway Ladies were beaten 2-0 at Norwich City III in their first match of the year.

The teams were evenly matched and Railway’s ever reliable defence of Lily Collins, Jan Tizzard and Katie Cross stood firm to thwart any advances on goal.

This allowed midfielders Kelly Martin, Eva Harness, Harriet Lyman, Becky Ingles and Claire Ward to control play, pressurising the City defence. Their hard work was rewarded when Railway were awarded several short corners but none were converted.

Just before half-time and against the run of play, City launched an attack and broke the deadlock.

After the break forwards Kiri Phoenix, Becky Howes and Claire Scrivener strung together some slick passing moves to once again test the City defence.

At the other end Railway keeper and Gardline player of the match Ellen Blackie was on hand to make some magnificent saves to keep the score to 1-0, but as the final whistle approached City added to their total Lowestoft Railway’s men’s second team won 4-2 at Ipswich Cranes.

After going behind to a penalty flick the visitors suddenly upped the tempo and it wasn’t too long before they were back on level terms, when Ollie Payne neatly deflected in a cross from Simon Cottingham.

Railway continued to press forward in the second half and were rewarded when Matt Payne turned to drill the ball at the goal and it deflected up off the keeper into the roof of the net.

Shortly after, Cottingham extended the lead by firing the ball into the corner of the goal after creating the overlap from full back, breaking down the right wing. Ross Kozyrko added another, in his first start of the season, sweeping the ball in on the back post after John McNamara had drawn the keeper.

With the win secured, Railway looked comfortable and in total control, but allowed Cranes a late consolation goal.

Man of the match was Phil Dougherty for a typically energetic performance in the centre of the Railway midfield.

The firsts also had a good day, beating visitors Ipswich III 5-1.

In the East League Lowestoft Ladies gave a good account of themselves before losing 2-0 at home to unbeaten leaders Harleston Magpies II. They are at home again tomorrow, with lowly Watton providing the opposition.

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