Hurren hat-tricks aids Beccles' cause
Beccles now need only one point from their last six games to be sure of survival in the Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination top flight.Saturday's 3-1 win over Dersingham took them to their highest league position this season, 11th.
Beccles now need only one point from their last six games to be sure of survival in the Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination top flight.
Saturday's 3-1 win over Dersingham took them to their highest league position this season, 11th.
But they have a tough visit to Norwich Union tomorrow, 2.30pm ko.
Beccles travelled to Dersingham with thoughts of putting the previous week's defeat at fellow strugglers Mattishall behind them.
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They recalled Cai King up front in place of Martin. Injured Nick Day dropped down to the bench to be replaced by Kevin Waterman.
Beccles carved out the first clear-cut chances but both Hurren and King missed when well placed. Dersingham went close but Copeland was well blocked. Mayhew also came to Beccles' rescue as the same player broke clear, this shot was also stopped.
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Beccles took the lead on 20 minutes. Hurren raced clear and although Rush in the home goal blocked the original shot, the ball fell kindly for Hurren who finished well from the rebound.
Sean Payne at the back for Beccles was a tower of strength, repelling all that was thrown at him.
Full-back Neil McMorran played a through ball which King accelerated onto. He finished, but the goal was ruled out by an assistant's flag.
Just before the interval, Dersingham equalised following a free-kick. The loose ball was put into the net by Seal.
In the second half Beccles moved Scott Daniels up front on the left, his place on the right wing going to King.
This move was soon to pay dividends as King's clever wing play and close control caused the home back line major problems.
Chances were coming at both ends and Cable, in the Beccles goal, excelled twice in quick succession to keep his team in the hunt.
On the hour mark Beccles regained the lead. Waterman took a corner, Sean Payne headed the ball back across and Hurren reacted quickest to notch his and Beccles' second goal.
The new forward partnership of Hurren and Daniels was beginning to gel, and keeper Rush was forced to save well from Daniels.
The duo combined again. This time Daniels beat Rush, but as he wheeled away to celebrate, the referee cut short his joy by awarding a free-kick to Dersingham.
The respite for Dersingham was only short-lived as Woods put a through-ball towards goal and Hurren gave Rush no chance as he completed his first hat-trick of the season with his fifth goal since his return from Caxton.
It was all Hurren as he again forced the ball home, only for the referee to disallow the “goal” for an infringement.
Dersingham's challenge had completely evaporated by this point and Beccles were in total charge.
They saw out their remaining minutes to record a fine 3-1 victory.
It was a great personal performance too by Hurren whose unbelievable work-rate over the past weeks had gone largely unnoticed and unrewarded.
Beccles Reserves entertain South Walsham, 2.30pm at College Meadow.