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Beccles Reserves take centre stage by winning 6-0

PUBLISHED: 12:25 11 January 2018

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With the first team's game at Blofield being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch it was a chance for Beccles Town's Reserves, who are challenging for promotion from Division 5 South, to take centre stage.

And they didn’t disappoint, thrashing visitors Poringland Wanderers Reserves 6-0.

With a couple of call-offs, they started with a 4-3-3 formation of Wickham, Francis, Boyd, Philp, Squires, Holland, Udell, Bemment, Bee, Clarke, Staines with Pluck, Gill and Ellis as substitutes.

Beccles started brightly and their crisp passing game soon had Poringland on the back foot. On 15 minutes they took a deserved lead when Clarke set Bee free and he finished well. Five minutes later Clarke was put in to a shooting position but his fierce volley was just over the bar.

On 30 minutes a Beccles free-kick was well struck by Udell but flew off the crossbar and five minutes later Clarke executed one of his classic spin turns to leave the defender floundering and slotted the ball past a helpless keeper to increase the lead. On 40 minutes Pluck came on to replace Philp and with a couple more Beccles attacks with no end result the half ended 2-0.

The second half started with Beccles increasing their lead when Bee fed Clarke who beat the Poringland keeper with ease. Within two minutes the Beccles lead went to 4-0 as a defensive mix-up and hasty clearance gave Holland an easy chance which he gratefully accepted.

On 60 minutes Gill replaced Bemment and Ellis replaced Bee to freshen up the Beccles attack. Within minutes Ellis was in action, making several telling runs down the left. Beccles continued to attack with good passing moves and the Poringland defence were stretched to breaking point.

Following another defensive mix-up and a poor clearance, Francis scored to make it 5-0 and Ellis was then unlucky when his volley skidded off the bar. Inevitably Clarke scored again to claim his hat-trick when he made an excellent turn and placed his shot in the corner to make the final score 6-0, taking them up to third in the division.

Tomorrow the first team entertain Reepham Town who had fortunate win over Town in their first game of the season (2.30pm).

The Reserves travel to lowly South Walsham for a game that provides another good chance of win. Kick-off is at 2pm.

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