THE horrid conditions on Sunday didn’t deter York and Railways from delivering a show, with both teams battling on through rain, wind and shine.
It took Railways a full quarter to get some momentum going, with York scoring five unanswered goals in the beginning of the first term.
With York putting points on the board within seconds of the initial siren, it looked like Railways’ fortunes might be as bleak as the weather.
However a goal from James Morris late in the first quarter put the home side on the board, with Railways trailing 1.3.8 to York’s 6.5.41 at the first break.
It was a different story in the second term, with a more confident Railways side running out to take the first goal.
This quarter most of the action was in the Railways’ attacking half, but either the strong wind or some poor kicking led to the side racking up a whopping 10 behinds.
A long kick off the boot of Nathan de Blecourt and a tumbling ball soccered across the goal by David Grafton boosted the Northam side’s score to 4.8.32, with York yet to score a goal in the second term, still at 6.5.41.
York appeared a little rattled, and Liam Henry used the opportunity to slip one through and take Railways into the lead for the first time in the game, 6.10.46 to the deflated Roos side’s 6.6.42 at the end of the first half.
But York was back in force after the break, with Stewart Mactaggart and Matt Archer each scoring to level the tally, and a goal from Brendan Smith pushing the side ahead once again.
It was a close match from then on, with scores tight throughout the final half, Railways at 9.13.67 to York’s 10.8.68 at the start of the final quarter.
It was Kia Broughton’s goal in the dying minutes of the game that saw the visitor’s fight off a Railways’ comeback, with the Roos going on to take out the match 13.8.86 to 10.16.76.