After a tight draw the previous week, Magpies were at home again, this time against Lowestoft Railway, a very physical side with a different style of play.
Five minutes into the first half with magpies pressing, Lowestoft scored the opening goal from a short corner against the run of play. However, Magpies responded with some good passing from the push back in midfield with Ed threading though Johnny who fired home across the keeper at a narrow angle. Things seemed to settle with magpies keeping Lowestoft in their own half and some good attacking moves created from Matt Brand led to Johnny hitting a reverse from the top D, which the keeper saved, but Ben Emms was on hand to tap in the rebound. Magpies kept on pushing but had little reward apart from a well deserved goal from Matt Brand. This seemed to wake up the opposition, requiring some strong defensive play from a well prepared back four of Phil, Max, Adam and Seth.
Magpies started the second half slowly, with a few too many dribbles into contact. However they soon found their play as a great ball in from Dave Francis lead to Matt deflecting the ball up and over the keeper. Some good passing and great link up play all the way through the team lead to a ball across the goal where Dave was on hand to finish off. The quick movement of magpies meant that the Lowestoft team changed their methods into long balls, one of which found its way into the D and was finished off by one of their high attacking players. Despite this set back, magpies stepped up again and some good passing moves (including a 3/4er pitch aerial into wind by Captain Adam), lead to Ed being set up for two more goals, making the final score 7-2 to Magpies.
There was close contention for Man of the match, Matt Brand being a good candidate for his stand out play up front, however it was Johnny who claimed it with some excellent contributions to play on and off the ball.