Beccles pegged back
Blofield United 1, Beccles Town 1The early signs were promising, as Beccles took the game to their high-flying hosts.The lion's share of the game was being played in the home half, as Lee Pike and Nick Day grabbed the initiative in midfield.
Blofield United 1, Beccles Town 1
The early signs were promising, as Beccles took the game to their high-flying hosts.
The lion's share of the game was being played in the home half, as Lee Pike and Nick Day grabbed the initiative in midfield.
Both wide men for Beccles were seeing plenty of the ball and Andy Woods and Scott Daniels took it in turns to cause havoc with purposeful forward runs.
However, Blofield's potent attack needed to be watched at all times. Mindful of this, Sam Balham and Chris Mayhew expertly shackled the dangerous Blofield front two. Alex Greengrass and Neil McMorran, ably supported from side positions, were giving the home wingers no room for manoeuvre.
Beccles crafted the first chance, with Cai King skying a good chance when clean through. Neil Hurron then had a good chance from a free-kick.
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Then Beccles broke the deadlock. Lee Pike delivered the perfect far-post cross and full-back Neil McMorran ghosted in and headed a looping effort over the keeper and into the far corner to give the Wherrymen a deserved lead.
Beccles tried hard to build on this, as it seemed that one would probably not be enough to win the game. However, half-time arrived with the visitors guarding their 1-0 lead.
Blofield began to put the Beccles defence under more pressure in the second half.
Beccles' attacks became much more sporadic, but they were also dangerous, as Cai King twice more found himself through, but his lob lacked height and a fine drive lacked direction.
Barham and Mayhew were at full stretch now to hold the dangerous O'Brien and McCall. It became clear that the biggest danger would be from set pieces.
However, Cable in goal and his defence seemed to be coping well, but just as it seemed that Beccles had weathered the storm, Blofield scored from close range after another corner, with McCall turning the ball home.
Kevin Wateman replaced the injured Nick Day and Alex Greengrass limped off to be replaced by Anthony Martin, but neither side could conjure up a winner.
This point, however, moved Beccles two places up the league to almost mid-table.
All eyes now turn to the Hospital Cup where Beccles play host to near neighbours Beccles Caxton tomorrow at 2.30pm at College Meadow.
Current holders Kirkley then play a repeat of last year's final against Bungay in the other semi-final on Wednesday, May 14, kick-off 6.30pm.
The two winners meet in the final on Sunday, May 18, 3pm kick-off.