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Lowestoft Railway share eight goals with students in thrilling match

PUBLISHED: 09:27 02 February 2018

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Lowestoft Railway seconds were involved in an eventful game with University of East Anglia III at the East Point Academy on Saturday which ended in a 4-4 draw.

Railway raced into a three-goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes, with goals from Sam Daniels, Troy Allen and John Wayman putting them in total control.

Gradually, UEA started to settle and they made the Railway defence of Dick Alexander, Andy Waters, Chris Ward, Keith Wright and Jon Wilkinson work hard as they probed for an opening. Following a spell of pressure, the students pulled a goal back from a penalty corner.

When a second goal came, once again from a penalty corner, nerves started to show in the Railway game.

Just before the break, a quickly-taken free hit found Daniels on the top of the D. Brushing aside the challenges of the defenders, the striker finished the move with a powerful reverse stick shot into the corner of the goal to make it 4-2.

The advantage for Railway was short lived however, as UEA scored almost directly from the restart to close the gap once more.

From that point it was anyone’s game with the youth and fitness of the students becoming a distinct advantage against a more experienced and tiring Railway side.

A goal from a quick counter attack from the students levelled the game with five minutes to go and the gane ended with Railway firmly on the back foot and forced to defend a series of penalty corners. .

Lochlan Harvey made an impressive debut for Railway in a tough game.

Troy Allen was man-of-the-match.

Railway’s first team were held to a 3-3 draw at Thetford, leaving them six points behind Division 4NE leaders North Norfolk from two more games.

Lowestoft Railway’s women were held to a 1-1 draw by Evergreens in the Premier Division of the Empresa Norfolk League. They visit UEA II tomorrow.

There was an excellent result for Lowestoft Ladies in Division One North of the East League as the hammered visitors UEA 6-1 to move further into mid-table security.

Lowestoft hit the road tomorrow to take on second from bottom St Ives.

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