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Substitute Bee strikes to earn Beccles Town a point

PUBLISHED: 08:03 01 March 2019

Billy Shaw is about to head home a corner to put Beccles Town 1-0 ahead against Norwich CEYMS Picture: CLUB

Billy Shaw is about to head home a corner to put Beccles Town 1-0 ahead against Norwich CEYMS Picture: CLUB

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Beccles Town entertained Norwich CEYMS, currently fourth in the Anglian Combination Premier Division, and picked up a useful point in a 2-2 draw.

The opening 15 minutes were fairly even, with both sides showing a willingness to commit to attack, and on 21 minutes Beccles forced a corner. It was taken by Brown and his deep cross was met by the head of Shaw to open the scoring.

This stung CEYMS into action and a series of attacks was ended by a great save at the striker’s feet by Cable. But on 36 minutes a defensive mix-up left CEYMS’s Delaney with an easy chance which he took well to level the score at 1-1.

The second half opened with CEYMS launching several attacks, putting the Beccles defence under pressure, but the combination of Shaw and Newman saw off most attempts, with Cable solid behind them. But on 54 minutes it was CEYMS’s Delaney who once again added the finishing touch to a flowing move to make it 2-1 to the visitors.

Beccles went on the front foot and on 60 minutes Shaw went close again when he beat the CEYMS defenders in the air to head Brown’s free-kick just over the bar. In an attempt to add more pace to the Beccles attack, manager Steve Batt sent on Bee to replace Brown and he immediately put the CEYMS full back under pressure.

On 66 minutes Cable was again forced to save at a striker’s feet and the subsequent clearance found Bee free wide on the right. He cut in and got off a good shot which found the top left corner of the net to level the score at 2-2.

A great move and cross by CEYMS left their main striker with an easy chance which he put well wide. The final 10 minutes saw both sides keen to get the winner, but on the day both defences came out on top and the game ended with honours even.

Beccles Town (4-3-3): Cable, Harmer, Newman, Shaw, Squires, Hunt, Brown, Udell, Bishop, Hurren and Brighton. Subs: Bee, Booker, Roberts.

The Reserves, who are having a difficult time with several of their key players in the first team due to injuries, travelled to Attleborough and went down 3-0.

Tomorrow the first team travel to Hellesdon looking for revenge after the home defeat with a goal in the last seconds while the Reserves visit Mundford (both 2.30pm).

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