Railway Away Day Win....
Last game of 2016 and we traveled to Maltby Main’s Muglett Lane ground.
The home side started best with the first 10 minute been played in the Rail half all be it without a serious attempt on Goal.
Rail slowly grew into the game and got the measure of the pitch and the play. Beesley was starting to cause the Maltby defence some issue’s but it was debutant Striker Jules Gabbiadini who broke the deadlock on 23 minutes. A free kick awarded to Rail to the left of the Maltby goal, Ovington floats in a sweet cross, Gabbiadini rises highest to glance the ball into the top corner 1-0 Railway.
Rail took great strength from this and started to dominate and Gabbiadini was terrorising the Hosts back four feeding off the great work of Beesley. Gabbiadini was slid through on goal going toe to toe with Craig Mitchell as he was about to shoot Mitchell pokes the ball away from Gabbiadini and into his own net. 2-0 Railway on 28 minutes.
But again Rail fail to hold on to their dominance and allow Maltby back into the game with a soft goal. A Rail attack is broken down and the ball hit long and wide one pass and Keegan Burton is in on Goal with only Ledger to beat and he slides the ball past the advancing keeper. 1-2 36 minutes.
Into time added and Rail are awarded another free kick this time to the right of goal. The ball floated in brilliantly by Ovington and met by Captain Sam Denton who heads the ball back a cross goal and in to give Rail a two goal cushion right on half time. 1-3 45+2
The second half gets underway and again the home side forge a number of chances and but for some poor finishing could have added more goals to their tally.
Rail were reduced to hitting Maltby on the break with Lewis Riley and Toby Lees showing some great pace and Beesley working hard up front. But Maltby were rewarded for their pressure with a scrambled goal that Dean Smith got the final touch to. 2-3 82 minues.
This set up a tough final 8 minutes for the Rail and was only compounded by Chris Ovington been shown a second yellow card of the game and given his marching orders.
10 Man Railway were now really up against it and worked hard to reduce the number of chances Maltby had and hold the ball up field as much as possible. 3 minutes of time added went agonisingly slow but we hung on to the lead and the much needed 3 points. This lifted Railway by 2 places to 16th in the League.
Next game is at Home to Athersley on Saturday January 7th
BenLedger, Toby Lees, Chris Fisher, Chris Ovington, Mike Morris, Sam Denton, Albert Ibrahimi, Dan Barrett, Jules Gabbiadini, Paul Beesley, Lewis Riley, Sub: Luca Baravelli
Photo by Caughtlight Photography