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Beccles through in cup

PUBLISHED: 11:28 17 October 2008 | UPDATED: 07:43 01 August 2010

Beccles sailed into the second round of the Suffolk Senior Cup with a convincing 3-0 win over Ridgeons League Division One side Long Melford.

Beccles made the long trip boosted by the return of captain Sam Barham and striker Neil Hurren, but were dealt a blow when Kevin Waterman was ruled out of the tie due to suspension.

Beccles sailed into the second round of the Suffolk Senior Cup with a convincing 3-0 win over Ridgeons League Division One side Long Melford.

Beccles made the long trip boosted by the return of captain Sam Barham and striker Neil Hurren, but were dealt a blow when Kevin Waterman was ruled out of the tie due to suspension.

Broxup reshuffled his pack and changed the formation to a 4-3-3 to cope with the home side's superior advantage. This proved to be some what of a master stroke. Cable kept his place in goal, with a back four consisting of Mcmorran, Barham, Wigg and Greengrass.

The reshaped three-man midfield was made up from Day, Peters and Ricky Wilson, who was called up for his first senior appearance after impressing in the Reserves. Top scorer Remblance spearheaded the attack with Hurren and Woods playing off either side of him.

Beccles took the advantage from the start, attacking at will. Long Melford really struggled to cope with Beccles, the front three looked lively and the three in midfield were controlling the game with ease.

Remblance fired a couple of warning shots; one scuffed straight at the keeper and the second a superb effort on the volley which just missed a post. It seemed only a matter of time before the opening goal, and on 39 minutes Beccles made the breakthrough.

Beccles cleared their lines from a corner finding Hurren in his own half, he flicked the ball over the oncoming midfielders head and travelled forward.

He looked up and spotted Woods making a run, he sent the ball over the home side's back four into his path.

Woods advanced on goal, drew the keeper and flicked the ball past him into the back of the net via the post.

After taking the lead Beccles started to get sloppy and keeper Cable had to be thanked on two occasions for stopping Town surrendering their advantage.

First, as a home side striker advanced on goal, he stood big to force him to lob the ball wide of the target before it was finally cleared.

His second stop was as good as any. The dangerous right winger got behind Greengrass then sent an inch-perfect cross towards an on-rushing striker. His first-time volley was flying towards the back of the net when from point-blank range Cable dived low to unbelievably deny a certain equaliser. Beccles rode their luck and managed to hold on for the half-time whistle to go in at 1-0.

The second half started the same as the second. Beccles put the Ridgeons League side under constant pressure and were really beginning to enjoy themselves. In particular, Peters and Wilson were having fine games and the back four were easily coping with the home side's attacks.

On 78 minutes Beccles doubled their lead. Inevitably it was Remblance who grabbed the goal with another trademark finish. Greengrass worked the line to find Hurren with his back to goal. He spotted Remblance making a run past him and slipped the ball into his path.

He travelled towards goal, beating two men before smashing the ball into the top corner, leaving the keeper totally stranded.

The home side continued to be put under constant pressure as Beccles threatened to run riot, with Peters and Hurren both going close.

Peters' shot was destined for the bottom corner but took a slight deflection wide and Hurren had the ball in the back of the net. But it was rubbed out as the officials ruled the ball had gone out of play.

With minutes remaining Town grabbed their third and confirmed their place in the next round. Day found space in the box, his cross shot eluded everyone and found Remblance at the back post to grab his second of the game and 11th in all competitions so far this season. This was an excellent display and a thoroughly deserved victory.

It's back to the league next for Town Saturday, the whole club can be very confident as Brandon roll into College Meadow, kick-off 2.30pm.

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