Early strikes hit Beccles Town

Beccles Town 1, Blofield United 2Beccles were left ruing the two quick goals conceded in the first 10 minutes of Saturday's Anglian Combination Premier Division game.

Beccles Town 1, Blofield United 2

Beccles were left ruing the two quick goals conceded in the first 10 minutes of Saturday's Anglian Combination Premier Division game.

They must bounce back tomorrow with another home league fixture against AFC Norwich tomorrow (kick-off 2pm) at College Meadow.

Beccles entertained a strong Blofield team, and in a game of two halves a quickfire first-half double from the visitors proved enough to gain all three points.

For the first time in three weeks manager Broxup was forced into making a change. Mayhew returned from university to replace the unavailable Wigg. David Lees and the exciting young Alex Holmes returned to the bench along side Ash Ling, a new acquisition from local rivals Bungay.

Beccles hoped to get off to a fast start against the 2006 Sterry Cup winners but were pegged back from the outset with Blofield taking an early lead on two minutes. Ross Durrant profited from a defensive mix-up to round keeper Cable and slot home.

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Any hopes of Beccles had of getting straight back into the game were dealt a blow when on 10 minutes the visitors doubled their lead in controversial circumstances.

A free-kick was floated into the box, keeper Cable seemed to take the ball cleanly in two hands before being challenged by Lee Skoyles. The ball broke loose and Skoyles slotted it home. The referee, despite strong protests from the players and fans, awarded the goal.

Chances for Beccles in the first period were at a premium. Their only worthwhile strike of half was a 30-yard bullet free- kick from top scorer Remblance which beat the keeper but not the bar, to leave the score at half time 2-0 to the visitors.

Beccles came out from the second half all guns blazing following manager Broxup's strong discussions at half-time.

Beccles at last took the game to the visitors, Woods got clear on the left before drawing the keeper, but his cross shot narrowly trickled past the post.

On 70 minutes Beccles got the goal their second half endeavours deserved.

Hurren picked up the ball in midfield and played in Remblance, who beat his marker but then was unceremoniously dumped to the turf and the referee immediately pointed to the spot. Remblance picked himself up to slot the ball home for his 19th goal of the season.

It was all Beccles as Blofield struggled to hold on, with the heavy pitch taking its toll on the visitors' defence.

Beccles threw caution to the wind, replacing midfielder Peters with debutante Ling. Despite continual Beccles pressure, Blofield continued to hold on.

Broxup then played his final card to the delight of the home faithful with young Alex Holmes entering the fray. However, there was to be no fairytale ending to the game as Blofield saw out time to record a fine away victory.