Another defeat for Beccles in league
Spixworth United 1, Beccles Town 0This defeat made it three consecutive defeats, hardly ideal preparation for this week's quarter-final of the Mummery Cup away to Wroxham Reserves, kick-off 1.
Spixworth United 1, Beccles Town 0
This defeat made it three consecutive defeats, hardly ideal preparation for this week's quarter-final of the Mummery Cup away to Wroxham Reserves, kick-off 1.30pm.
For the Anglian Combination Premier Division trip to Spixworth, Beccles were also without their captain Sam Barham who was finishing his holiday in Australia.
On a blustery, cold but bright day Beccles kicked off and took their game to the hosts. Although clear-cut chances were at a premium, Beccles pinned Spixworth back in their own half.
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The new central defensive partnership of Wigg and Barnard were coping well with the Spixworth attack and Cable was left to field crosses and the occasional long shot.
Beccles then fashioned their first chance when Martin did well to attack down the right and his cross found Remblance at the far post. He turned his shot, however, and the ball drifted wide.
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Beccles continued to hold the upper hand and were almost rewarded with the game's opener when McMorran stole forward to force a save from Bilham with a firm header.
Nick Day then suffered a pulled hamstring which necessitated the game's first change with Kevin Waterman being introduced as a substitute.
The half ended with Beccles well on top but disappointed at not turning their superior possession into goals.
The second half began as a much more even contest, Spixworth seeing more of the ball and just shading possession. On 60 minutes they scored when Lee Asken and Mark Pitcher combined for the latter to slot the ball past Cable.
Beccles tried hard to respond and Remblance rattled the crossbar with the ferocious drive, but that was as close as Beccles came to pegging back the hosts.
The game continued without any clear-cut chances to give the home side a hard-earned victory.
The Reserves had a tremendous 5-0 win at home to unbeaten league leaders Aylsham last week. They too are in cup action with a home tie against bottom of the table Easton Reserves, kick-off is at 1.30pm at College Meadow.
Loddon won 1-0 at home to Sprowston Athletic, Steven Wise their scorer.