Norwich City VI 1 - Lowestoft Railway II 3
First Win Of The Season For Railway
Railway notched up their first win of the season in Division 6NE when they travelled to Taverham to play against a Norwich City veterans side.
Railway dominated the first half with a disciplined display of short passing, building the play steadily from the back, working the ball through the midfield to set up the attacks.
Chris Sturley made a welcome and very impressive return to the Railway defence after a two year break from the game.
Darren Raymont opened the scoring for Railway with a reverse stick shot from the top of the area.
Ollie Payne added the second with a flick from a penalty corner, then Chris Sturley converted another penalty corner with a neat deflection following in on the far post to set up a 3-0 lead by the interval.
Norwich stepped up their game in the second period, tightening up their marking and not allowing Railway so much time on the ball.
The home side pulled a goal back with a shot that took a deflection past keeper Marty Howes who had not really seen any action up until that point.
Despite the setback Railway still looked comfortable, with Phil Dougherty running tirelessly in his central midfield role, adding some much needed energy to the side.
The experienced defensive pair of Matt Eagle and Chris Sturley, supported by Peter Newnham and Carl Rix thwarted any threat from the Norwich forwards limiting the opposition to just an occasional penalty corner for a goal scoring opportunity.
Railway youngsters Mikey Cookson and Christian Gadsden, who was playing his first senior game, both put in confident performances against much more experienced and physically stronger opposition.
MoM was Phil Dougherty