Dereham III 2 - Lowestoft Railway II 0
Winning Run Ended By Dereham
Railways winning run came to end on Saturday when they travelled to Dereham to play against a side placed third in the league and pushing for promotion.
Railway were forced on to the back foot from the start by a strong and well drilled Dereham side.
Railway responded with a very disciplined and dogged defensive display, with Keith Wright and Kevin Barnard using all their experience to repel the Dereham attacks and keep things calm at the back.
With players committed to their defensive duties, Railway were forced to rely on the quick counter as their best attacking option, using Jonny Ward as a target man to hold up the ball and wait for support from the midfield.
Railway went into the interval feeling reasonably satisfied with a goalless first half and sensed that with a few minor adjustments to their play, they could start to cause Dereham a few problems.
This did indeed happen, as Railway started the second half looking much more of a threat going forward, with sharper passing and movement starting to open up the Dereham defence.
A penalty corner strike from Ollie Payne needed a good save from the Dereham keeper to keep the powerful shot out.
Jonny Ward then forced a strong double save from the keeper after breaking through one on one.
At the other end Dereham continued to attack, but were becoming increasingly frustrated as they struggled to break down the spirited Railway defence. Then, a momentary lapse in clearing the danger by Railway resulted in the home side scrambling the ball over the line to take the lead with only 10 minutes left on the clock.
Railway fought on bravely with spirits now dampened slightly, but could not prevent Dereham scoring again to make sure of the win and take the points.
MoM was Keith Wright.