Lowestoft Railway – 2 Harleston Magpies – 3
The Men’s 5ths traveled away to Lowestoft following a disappointing performance the week before at home against Norwich City. This weekend saw the welcome return of Rob Goodson but the loss of regulars Phil Good, Joel Nelson, James Goodson and George Moore. Due to the number of regulars out, a change to the usual starting formation was required. Chris “Moyles” Thornton dropped from his usual forward position to sweeper and Will Main moved to central midfield.
The game started evenly with neither side dominating possession. Both teams were creating chances, but the breakthrough was made by Lowestoft as a ball was drilled into the Magpies circle and a well taken deflection into the back of the net gave Railway the lead. Magpies continued to create opportunities and the defensive organisation from the whole team was keeping Lowestoft at bay. A breakaway chance provided Lowestoft with the opportunity to make it 2-0 which they capitalised on and the game seemed to be slipping away from Magpies. Determined not to let the heads drop Magpies kept plugging away and continued to put together some great passages of passing play. The defence was playing well and quelling any Lowestoft attacks and linking nicely with the midfield. Not long before the half time break the new own goal rule allowed Magpies to peg one back as a retreating Railway midfielder deflected the ball into his own net from a ball crashed in from just inside the 25. Just after the half time whistle had blown a Railway player was binned for continued arguing with the umpire. Half time, 2-1 to Railway.
Eddie Thorne made an appearance at left midfield for the second half, replacing Adam “Posh Willy” Williamson who had provided a solid first half performance. As the heavens opened, and the sleet battered the players, Magpies made the most of the man advantage and continued to put together some great passing play and the equaliser came in the form of a back post tap in from Will Main. Jonny Wells and Roger Kent continued to frustrate the Lowestoft defence and Eddie Thorne was linking well with them both down the left side. Defensively Magpies were solid with Chris “Moyles Thornton adapting well to his change of position, Deben Nelson providing his ever reliable tackling and Rob Goodson providing solid midfield cover as usual. Tim Allen was marshalling well at left back and Adam Lascelles (on the return from an ankle injury) was linking well up the right hand side with Jake Morton who was then troubling Lowestoft with his stick skills. The chances kept coming from Magpies and a well worked move saw Will Main with a shot on goal which was converted to take Magpies ahead for the first time in the game. Chances kept coming and Will Main should have had a hat trick when he was clear through 1 on 1 with the keeper, a second bite of the cherry fell to Jonny Wells after the keeper saved the initial shot but the ball came awkwardly and the chance to make it 4-2 slipped away. Railway lost a player for the final 10 minutes of the game, again due to poor discipline. The game finished 3-2 Magpies.
A good performance and strong win from the Men’s 5ths. They hope to continue this form into this weekends home match up against Sudbury.