Things are looking up
2nd draw on the trot
Norwich Dragons 2ndXI 1-1 Lowestoft Railway
Lowestoft travelled to Norwich to take on Norwich Dragons. The start of the game began with Dragons pressing very high to make life for the Railway defence difficult but thanks to some quick thinking from Rob Hall and Jamie Mortimer, Railway were able to keep Dragons at bay. With the game being played at a high tempo and very open it was not long before Railway were able to create several chances with Simon Harris and Dave Berry going very close. Unfortunately it was Dragons who managed to open the scoring with a pass to the back post being slipped into the goal. This spurred on Railway with good work down the left from Jason Harris and Rob Hall, a first time strike from Simon Harris left the Dragons keeper stranded as the ball whistled past to level the score. Railway were able to take some control of the game with fine midfield displays from Jamie Ayers and Ross Kozyrko but unfortunately were reduced to ten men when the hard working Phil Dougherty was adjudged not to have retreated 5 metres. With Railway at a disadvantage, Dragons managed to win a short corner. From the resulting short corner, the umpire gave a penalty flick for a back stick, Robert Guy in goal stood tall and saved to finish the half all level.
The half time team talk was used to emphasise discipline would be key to getting something out of this game. With the second half starting much like the first with the game being very open Railways defence of Chris Ward and Jamie Mortimer were called into action to stop the Dragons attack getting any meaning full shots off. As the half wore on Railway managed to gain there first short corner, with Higginbothams first strike saved the quick reactions of Jamie Ayers was able to pick the deflection but with the goal keeper stranded placed his shot just wide of the open goal. With the game on a knife edge Railway blinked first and some back chat from Jason Harris earned himself a yellow card. Railway were able to weather the storm with the calm head of Wilkinson leading the way, and once back to full strength it was Dragons turn to be reduced to 10 men for back chat. The game finished level but with a fine display, Railway can feel a little unlucky not to have won the game.
Thanks to report writer and M.O.M Jamie Higginbotham