Lowestoft Railway Hockey Club

Lowestoft Railway Hockey Club

UEA 4th 2-3 Lowestoft Railway 2nds

by Jean Scrivener

It was going to be a tense finish to hard league campaign with a runners up and promotion the prize for at least one of three teams.

The Jukebox had selected a greatest Hits of Rock to provide the final

soundtrack to the last game of the Railway season.

Steve Shaw skipper knew that only victory could give them this chance

and eliminate the UEA from the promotion equation. He demanded that

Lowestoft start the game like 'A Bat out of Hell'. Welcoming back two

old faces the game started like a 'Firework' as Railway hunted down

the students who couldn't break out of their half. The pressure built

into mistakes Nathan 'Eye of the tiger' Keating slotted home the

opener. This was quickly doubled by 'Rocket man' Payne who scrambled

in the second. Two other chances went begging as the students looked

bemused 'Stuck inthe middle' of their own half.

But one breakaway chance by Uea lead to a blocked shot on the goal

line with a foot that was an instant penalty which was converted and

suddenly it was game on. The game then shifted back and forth as both

were desperate for the win. Just when it seemed that Lowestoft had

become 'Riders of the storm' a soft goal right on the stroke of half

time meant both teams were level.

The unfortunate equaliser seemed to galvanise Railway's determination

and belief and again they pressed the students back as they started to

'Rock the Casbah'. Muddy Waters saw a shot agonisingly wide. Gissing

was probing with his efforts as he created 'Smoke on the Water'. But

it was Keating's electric pace and skill that saw Railway grab the

lead from a short corner as the UEA defence where terrified by his

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incessant runs. It was 'Crazy,Crazy Nights' Clarkson who smashed home

the winner but not before the Railway defence repelled late pressure

to live up the club motto,'Never give up never give in!'

Railway nearly made it 4-2 but for an excellent goal line clearance

but the celebrations began at the final whistle, as news filtered

through that Holt had also dropped points and promotion had been

clinched!!

This season of old and new faces the spirit of side that has come

together to deal with adversity at times have shown huge spirit and

determination that Bob Harness would be proud of and so sevres his

memory well.

By Kevin Barnard

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