Milestone for Hurren as Beccles Town finish sixth in Anglian Combination top light


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Beccles Town welcomed back Caister to replay the abandoned 3-3 draw from earlier in the season, when a Caister player was badly injured, and recorded an impressive 4-1 win.

After a cagey start Beccles opened the scoring on 18 minutes when a 25-yard free-kick was blasted by Bailey and the keeper fumbled the ball into his own net. Seconds later Bishop made a good run down the left and cut in to shoot, which was blocked away.

On 34 minutes a fast break by Beccles saw Bishop make a good run and cross to Hurren who was quickly closed down while in the lead-up to half-time Caister threatened with a couple of quick breaks.

The second half opened brightly with another rapid attack by Beccles, Bailey set off down the right and his deep cross found Bishop who cleverly set up Hurren who smuggled the ball into the net for his 100th first team goal.

This kick-started Caister into action and they responded with a goal from McAra following a long ball down the centre which Beccles failed to clear.

On 69 minutes Hunt made a good run down the right, having been set free by Shaw, and his cross was blasted into the Caister net by Hurren, making it 3-1 to Beccles. Two minutes later Hunt was again launched down the centre and his clean shot veered just wide, closely followed by another penetrating run by substitute Bee who also shot wide.

On 78 minutes 101 goal hero Hurren, went off to be replaced by Brown and he was immediately set up by Bishop for a fierce shot which was just too wide. On 87 minutes another fine run by Bailey ended with a deep cross which eluded everyone and went out for a goal kick.

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On 90 minutes Bailey was again into action with a run down the left and this time his cross found Bee in space who finished with ease, making it 4-1.

With other results going in their favour Beccles finish in sixth place in the Anglian Combination with 45 points, a very creditable end to their season, which also sees the retirement of Steve Batt who has managed them exceptionally well for the past four years.

After the game Caister, who had finished runners-up to Sheringham in the Sterry Cup, were presented with their trophies by Chris McCullough of the Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination.

Beccles Town (4-3-3): Cable, Booker, Newman, Boyd, Squires, Hunt, Bailey, Shaw, Bishop, Hurren & Godbold. Subs: Bee, Brown, Udell.

Tomorrow the Reserves travel to Gayton Reserves for their penultimate league game (2.30pm) followed by their final game at Waveney Reserves at Crown Meadow on Wednesday (7.30pm).