Crucial wins for Wherrymen
TWO key wins in a week, one over Anglian Combination Premier leaders North Walsham, have boosted Beccles Town's bid for Sterry Cup glory.The Wherrymen followed up the 4-2 home win over the Angels on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Watton on Wednesday and will be hoping to keep the winning feeling going at Mattishall tomorrow.
TWO key wins in a week, one over Anglian Combination Premier leaders North Walsham, have boosted Beccles Town's bid for Sterry Cup glory.
The Wherrymen followed up the 4-2 home win over the Angels on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Watton on Wednesday and will be hoping to keep the winning feeling going at Mattishall tomorrow.
Beccles Town 4, North Walsham 2
BECCLES produced their best display for many weeks in brushing aside league leaders Walsham. In the process they hauled themselves right back into the race for the Sterry Cup, as they rose back into second place with three games in hand.
It was not just the result, but the manner in which it was achieved that will hearten the Beccles Town squad as they approach their final ten games.
The Wherrymen got off to a perfect start when good work on the right by McMorran found Day in space and his driven cross found Ant Martin whose first time volley sent the hosts into a 1-0 lead.
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Unfortunately, they were soon brought back to earth when Walsham's Lee Clarke equalised after a quick turn and first time shot into the home net.
Beccles continued to press and Alan Remblance was soon into the action with a couple of headers that went just wide of the target. Martin also tried his luck again but his 20-yard snap shot just went over.
With half-time approaching, Martin was again involved as his driven cross was perfectly met at the far post by Jason Clarke who side footed home. The second half started off as the first had finished with Beccles in the ascendancy.
Nick Day was having a fine game in midfield, winning numerous challenges and prompting attacks. Jason Clarke had what appeared a good shout for a penalty after 55 minutes but the referee Mark Riches, who overall had an excellent game, waved away all appeals. In fact, such was Beccles dominance that it was a real shock when Walsham conjured up an equaliser and it was Clarke again, with a header.
Another Beccles goal came when Remblance tackled back to win the ball wide on the left and advanced down the wing. Looking up, he saw Sam Barham running into space on the edge of the area, and his precision cross was met with a classic powerful downward header by club captain Barham to give Beccles a 3-2 lead.
Subs Andy Woods and Danny Compton combined to set up Clarke for his second.
Walsham put pressure on the Beccles defence, but McMorran, Myhill, Wigg and Barham repelled all that was thrown at them, ably backed up by some good handling from Cable. With a few minutes to go Beccles almost made it five when Clarke, sniffing a hat-trick, crashed a shot against the underside of the bar which, unfortunately, didn't cross the line.
Meanwhile, Beccles Reserves had a convincing 2-1 win at Aysham (Ray Masters, James Fenn). The Reserves visit Hempnall tomorrow (KO: 4pm).