Hockey: Lowestoft Railway II 7, Bury IV

Bury were again tight for numbers for this, one of the longest trips of the season. Hollins was required to umpire and with several regular players away, Staveley bravely volunteered to play in goal, despite having only ever done so a couple of times for school.

Lowestoft Railway II 7, Bury IV 0

Bury were again tight for numbers for this, one of the longest trips of the season. Hollins was required to umpire and with several regular players away, Staveley bravely volunteered to play in goal, despite having only ever done so a couple of times for school.

Dan Tasker and Daniel Wise formed a sweeping pair at the back, ahead of a defensive midfield four of Doug Gibney, John Briggs, Dean Sykes and Martin Lyne, the latter two stepping in from the Vets and Vs respectively.

Leading the line were Raj Lodh, Will Nunn, Nick Soper and Ciarran Lundy.


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Staveley started solidly in goal and Soper just failed to convert a chance to score which could have changed the game.

By half-time Bury were three goals down.

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Identifying that distribution from 16-yard hits had been an issue in the first half, the more experienced players demanded more movement into space from the. Lodh was now repeatedly found with excellent hits out, while Soper and Nunn linked really well in the middle and Lundy was making his presence known as he pulled out wide on the right. Lundy narrowly failed to control an excellent hit to the back post, having gambled that the defence would fail to cut it out and making a brilliant run in behind the opposition. Soper was giving an equally good account of himself, being strong on the ball, getting his head up and trying to play some really intelligent passes.

On the day though, Lowestoft were just too good. They spread play really well, working the ball high up on the wings and repeatedly putting dangerous crosses into the circle.

Despite the 7-0 scoreline, Bury enjoyed the game.

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