The Railway first team ladies headed to Watton on Saturday with the knowledge that they had to win the day’s contest if they were to improve their chances of not being relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.
Both teams started the game positively with attacking runs being seen at both ends of the pitch. Reward for the attacking tactics was first seen by Railway; their pressure paid off. After the award of a short corner Railway deservedly found themselves 1-0 up after Kat Oldman decisively fired the ball through the Watton defence, past the goalkeeper and over the line. Railway took the one goal lead to the half time whistle.
Watton started the second half with determination and weaved their way through the strong Railway defence and quickly levelled the score. With the Railway strike force of Hannah Atkin and Megan McKinnon chasing every ball and pushing high into the Watton D, the Watton defence began to make errors and as a consequently Railway were awarded another short corner. Once more Kat Oldman found the killer shot, this time though it was across the D to the waiting stick of Atkin, who slotted the ball home. Railway were once more in front.
As usual though, the Railway ladies made it hard for themselves; a defensive muddle allowed Watton to level the score once more. Railway were determined to reclaim a winning score line with runs being made down the left wing by Claire Scrivener as well as through the midfield by both Jan Tizzard and Kat Oldman. The attacking mindset of the team lead to the award of further short corners, one of which was executed to perfection by the Oldman-Atkin partnership once more. Railway once more took the lead.
With only a few minutes remaining on the clock, Railway moved all players behind the ball and an impenetrable barrier formed. Watton could not find a third goal and Railway returned to Lowestoft with a 3-2 win.
Gardline Marine Sciences Player of the Match: Hannah Atkin and Katie Biddick (joint award)
|Norwich City 2||6||0||Harleston Magpies 4|
|Harleston Magpies 3||2||0||Evergreens 1|
|Watton 2||2||3||Lowestoft Railway 1|
|Pelicans 2||0||0||Dereham 3|