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Formby Railway Vets FC show great team performance

Railway Vets 2 - 3 Bramley Moore - 5th March On a rain soaked Sunday morning, Railway Vets travelled to Stuart Road, Bootle to take on Bramley Moore Vets. The pitch was in surprising good condition considering the relentless rainfall. The game started with Railway dictating the play and were unlucky not to score on 2 occasions. Jay Shannon went close with a header following decent build up play on the right. Then Dave Redmond had a chance that was smothered by the keeper. The pace of the Bramley counterattack troubled Railway. A foiled attack and direct ball out saw the Bramley No. 9 clear, slotting passed the advancing Gary Brookes in goal. Despite the conditions both sides continued to pass their way through the lines. The second half saw Railway start slowly and were 2-0 down thanks to a wasteful passage of play.

Suddenly Railway found their gears and produced a 20 minute spell of scintillating football, with the ball being moved quickly and spaces being opened. A Darren Jones throw in found Jay Shannon on corner of the 6 yard box, his onward header was despatched by debutant Andy Walters.

Railway conceded a third - a clinical finish from another swift Bramley Moore attack. Again Railway rallied and clawed their way back in the game following a fine run and finish by the impish Tommy Taylor.

A great game of football played in extremely challenging conditions. As always our hosts Bramley Moore Vets are a great set of lads raising funds for charities based in Liverpool. A great team performance with notable contributions from Darren Jones, Tommy Taylor, Andy Walters, Liam Crosbie and Jay Shannon.

Railway Vets 3 - 4 Alder Vets - 12th March On a perfect morning for football, Railway travelled to impressive Alder Sports Club facility.

The game started, with Alder in the ascendancy, Railway struggled to get a foothold in the opening exchanges and found themselves a goal behind. This kickstarted the team and the performance levels. Some great football ensued and a passage of sustained pressure lead to the equaliser from Dave Redmond. He volleyed low passed the keeper after some good work by Steve Hollyoak. As has been the want in recent weeks, chances came and went for Railway who were not able to convert a series of gilt edged chances, with the sides level at half time.

The game opened up in the second half with both sides creating chances before Alder took the lead. Railway immediately struck back with a clinical finish from Steve O'Neil. Railway then took the lead after a sweet cross from the ageless Tommy Taylor was met by big Steve Hollyoak to power a header passed the advancing keeper. Railway were then punished on the counter attack and conceded straight away, now 3-3.

The game looked to be heading for a thrilling draw until an outstanding finish by the Alder No.10 dampened Railways spirits.

Again a decent team performance with notable contributions from Tommy Taylor, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Steve Hollyoak and the usual range of fine save from goalkeeper Gary Brookes. Thanks to Alder Vets, a great set of lads who play the game in the right spirit.

Match report by Mick Shannon

Photos by Paul Wills -

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