Table-toppers have too much for Lowestoft Railway– hockey round-up
PUBLISHED: 16:54 02 February 2012
Lowestoft Railway 1 Ipswich & East Suffolk 5
Railway entertained top of the table IES at the East Point Academy at the weekend.
The home side were forced to make changes from the side that performed so well against UEA the previous week, with several players unavailable for this game, most notably three of the regular defenders.
The game started quite evenly with both sides playing a patient passing game, each probing the opposing defence for an opening. It took a strike from a short corner to break the deadlock with IES edging in front.
Although Railway defended strongly, IES extended their lead with another powerful strike from a short corner moments later. The home side had several opportunities of their own, also from short corners, but unfortunately squandered the chances.
It was from open play that Railway reduced the deficit with Troy Allen accelerating down the right wing to cross for Sam Daniels to sweep in on the far post, with another top quality finish. As Railway pushed hard to level the scores, a third goal from IES before half-time put the visitors firmly back in control.
A disciplined display from Railway after the interval kept the skilful and well drilled IES at bay, while always threatening to catch them on the break.
It was only when Railway were reduced to ten men with a player sin binned, that IES were able to gain the advantage and score two further goals to give a somewhat flattering score line.
Dap UK MoM was Jason Harris
Lowestoft Railway Ladies 0 Evergreens 5
With a team back to full strength, Lowestoft Railway Ladies first team welcomed Evergreens first Team to the East Point Academy on Saturday with nervous anticipation.
Not only had Evergreens beaten Railway 7-0 in a fixture earlier in the season, but Railway were also coming to terms with a heavy defeat from UEA the previous weekend. Nevertheless Railway started the game with the determination and optimism that they start every fixture.
The first half saw entertaining hockey being played by both teams. Evergreens tested the Railway defence on numerous occasions with the Railway player of the match, goal keeper, Beckie Edmeades making sensational save after sensational save, keeping the score line at 0-0 for most of the first half. Evergreens’ first goal came from a well executed short corner which found the back of the goal by an unfortunate deflection off a Railway stick.
Evergreens started the second half by pushing forward immediately from the re-start. However the ball was quickly stolen from then and the immediate Railway counter attack led to the award of a short corner. The resulting ball into the D by Jess Newnham was met by Kat Oldman at the top of the D. Her shot split the Evergreens’ defence, but it needed a deflection to head it into the goal. Unfortunately for Railway luck was not with them and the ball missed two Railway sticks by millimetres.
Flowing hockey continued to be played by both teams, with Claire Scrivener almost getting the ball over the line which would have levelled the score. The Evergreens’ defence was proving just too strong for Railway’s attacking formation of Jo Pallant and Bridgette Wilson.
In the latter stages of the second half Evergreens’ continued pressure resulted in the Railway defence being opened up and unfortunately the accurate striking of the ball proved costly. Evergreens travelled back to Holt 5-0 victors. A score line which does not give the Railway ladies the justice they deserve.
Gardline Marine Sciences Ltd Player of the Match: Beckie Edmeades
Lowestoft Ladies III 5 Grasshoppers II 2
The team were looking for a win from this last match in January.
They had a good start with lots of pressure being applied by both the forwards of Katie R, Charlotte, & Courtney with good support from the midfield by Katie L, Lil, Megan and Jess resulting in an early goal scored by Katie R in first ten minutes of the match.
There was some good passing and support throughout the game by all the players resulting in a second goal by Megan in the first half. The goalkeeper, Danielle, and defence of Catherine, Jo and Carron were never really put under any pressure; however a short corner just before the half time whistle blew saw the opposition scoring a goal, giving a score of 2-1 at the half way stage.
The second half saw further pressure being put on the opposition’s defence by Lowestoft with lots of attempts at goal; and the team were finally rewarded with further goals from both Megan and Katie R.
Grasshoppers made a late break at the end of the match to give a final score of 5-2.
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