Lowestoft Railway II 1 - IES V 0
Missed Chances Make It A Tense Finish For Railway
Railway returned to action after the 5 week mid season break by playing host to IES at the East Point Academy.
Railway quickly set about business with a disciplined and confident start to game, showing no ill effects of the lengthy lay off.
Chris Sturley and Phil Dougherty dominated the midfield and set up the attacking play for Railway, with Jonny Ward making a welcome return up front.
Railway created numerous chances with Ollie Payne and Peter Newnham combining to good effect on the right hand side, picking out Jonny Ward making runs to get in behind the IES defence.
Despite controlling the game for long periods and deserving some reward for their efforts, Railway failed to find the finishing touch in front of goal.
After a frustrating opening spell Railway finally made the breakthrough when Jonny Ward tapped in from close range, following a penalty corner strike from Matt Eagle.
As the game progressed Railway struggled to maintain the early tempo, which allowed IES to grow in confidence and start to play.
The Railway defence were called into action much more in the second half and forced to defend a series of penalty corners.
But for some excellent defensive work from Kevin Barnard and Matt Eagle, calling upon their vast experience and composure, the game could easily have slipped away from Railway at this stage.
Keeper Dick Alexander made two crucial saves late in the game, after hardly touching the ball in the first half, to ensure Railway took maximum points from the game.
The game flowed from end to end with both sides creating chances in the knowledge that the next goal could decide the outcome of the finely balanced game.
Fortunately the final whistle came, allowing Railway to claim the first win of the New Year.
MoM was Dick Alexander