Beccles beat high-flyers

Beccles Town have a big Anglian Combination Premier Division game tomorrow at College Meadow.

Kirkley Reserves will be looking for much-needed points to avoid relegation (kick-off 2pm).

Beccles Town 2, Mattishall 1

Beccles entertained high-flying Mattishall at College Meadow last week and came away with all three points.

They were forced into one change. The impressive Paul Storey had a broken wrist and his place went to the returning Martin Myhill.

The day was grey and very blustery and for the first 25 minutes the football more then matched it. Very little of note happened with the ball being in midfield for long periods.

Beccles awoke from their slumbers, and following a fine Waterman free- kick, Alan Remblance picked up the ball in the right-hand channel and beat the keeper – but his effort was cleared off the line, Tom Roberts missing with his follow-up effort.

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Shortly afterwards Kevin Waterman’s corner struck the outside of a post.

It was all Beccles, and from Remblance’s pin-point centre Bensley headed wide of an open goal.

Little had been seen of the visitors but just before half-time they burst into life. Danny Cable dived to his right to pull off a spectacular one-handed save.

This proved only temporary respite, as following an in-swinging corner Luke Catchpole forced the ball home from on the goal-line to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at half-time.

With the wind at their backs Beccles set about the task of securing an equaliser.

They attacked from the outset and on 53 minutes were rewarded with a penalty, Alan Remblance forcing his way into the box before being fouled. Kevin Waterman took the spot-kick and scored with a confident side-foot shot into the bottom corner to bring Beccles level.

Parity was only held for some five minutes. Beccles won another corner and Ant Martin got up to head the ball goalwards before Tom Roberts gleefully forced it home to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.

Mattishall had no options but to attack, bringing on ex-Beccles player Gavin Tipple – now their player-manager – to try and wrest the initiative from the Wherrymen.

But Beccles’ rearguard of Tom Roberts, Neil Mcmorran, Martin Myhill and Alex Greengrass easily dealt with the visiting forwards.

They were ably backed up by the increasingly impressive pairing in front of them of Toby Craig and Sean Wigley.

Beccles replaced Bensley with Ray Masters on 75 minutes and saw out the game to record a fine 2-1 win.

Meanwhile, Beccles Reserves had a fine 2-1 victory away to Bradenham Reserves to reach the semi-finals of the CS Morley Cup.

The Beccles goalscorers were Mat King and Phil Hamblin.

This is a great result for Richard Codling’s young team and they will hope to carry this on when they pay a visit to Cromer Reserves (kick-off 2.30pm).