Back to losing ways
Close but no cigar
Lowestoft Railway 3-4 Ipswich 2ndXI
Lowestoft welcomed third placed Ipswich for this week’s league game. Ipswich started the brighter of the two sides with wave after wave of attacks putting pressure on the Lowestoft back line calling the defence of Rob Hall, Chris Ward and Phil Dougherty to make some very timely last minute tackles to keep the shot count down. Lowestoft now camped in their own 25 found the odd break through Troy Allan and Ross Kozyrko easily snuffed out due to the lack of support. Lowestoft seemed comfortable soaking up the pressure and again a counter attack starting through Jason Harris found Wilkinson in space in the Ipswich D, a dummy shot followed by a wonder shot, Wilkinson’s words not mine, found Lowestoft take the lead against the run of play. Lowestoft with Berry leading from the front to prevent any meaning full attacks from Ipswich, Lowestoft seemed the more content of the teams. As the half was coming to an end though, Ipswich gained a short corner. The resulting short corner found Ipswich level with a well worked routine and ending the half.
With the restart after the break the game followed a similar pattern to the first half Railway doing a lot of defending but then Troy Allen picked the ball up close to the halfway line. A mazy run followed by a lovely slipped pass to Jason Harris, his powerful shot found its way past the Ipswich keeper to make the score 2-1 in Railways favour. Ipswich applied pressure again, winning a short corner, even with the combination of Jamie Ayers and Chris Ward diving to try and prevent the ball going over the line but were only able to only witnessing the ball cross the line and level the game again. Again Railway looked to try and take control of the midfield introducing Daniel Croft to support Jamie Ayers in the centre of the park. Unfortunately Ipswich again won a short corner which they converted to take the lead. Railway now pushing for the equaliser left a little too much space at the back which Ipswich capitalised on finding there centre forward one on one with Robert Guy in goal, he was unlucky to be adjudged to bring the forward down conceding a penalty flick which Ipswich converted. Railways heads did not drop and the clock ticking away won a short corner. With all but two members of the team up for the short corner, Railway needed to convert the chance and that they did, when the ball fell to John McNamara who calmly slotted the ball home. Railway pressed for the last 5 minutes of the game but could not find the equaliser. The whole team can take heart in the performance if the result didn`t quite go the way they would have liked.
Thanks to report writer and M.O.M Jamie Higginbotham