UEA III. 9 - Lowestoft Railway II. 1
Railway Fade After Excellent Start
Railway travelled to top of the table side UEA on Saturday to play against their students. Railway knew this was going to be a tough game with UEA sporting a 100% record from their games so far this season.
Railway set up a defensive line up, again with no forwards available for the selection, having Chase Hart and Keith Wright sitting in front of a four man defence.
Railway set about their task superbly, soaking up the pressure from the students with Kevin Barnard leading by example at the back.
As UEA struggled to break Railway down they became increasingly frustrated and it was Railway that actually took the lead, when Ollie Payne broke away to cross the ball in for Chase Hart to control, then flick into the goal.
Railway continued to defend in numbers, leaving just one player up field as an outlet. It was almost half time before the students finally broke the Railway resistance to level the game.
Still undeterred by the setback, Railway kept concentration and stuck to their game plan, when on the stroke of half time UEA were awarded a controversial penalty corner.
At the third attempt, after infringements were spotted on the previous two, the students finally scored to take the lead.
This really was the turning point in the game for Railway and the moment that broke their spirit.
The second half is best forgotten about as Railway feel to pieces. The loss of Kevin Barnard to injury unsettled the defence and as well as Railway played in the first half they were equally as poor in the second.