Lowestoft Railway Hockey Club

Lowestoft Railway Hockey Club

UEA 4th 2-3 Lowestoft Railway 2nds

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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
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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