In-form Beccles all set for cup final
Beccles, after a dramatic last-gasp victory over promotion-chasing Blofield, drew 0-0 with mid-table Dersingham on Saturday.And tomorrow they will be playing in the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup against Crane Sports FC at Portman Road, the home ground of Ipswich Town FC.
Beccles, after a dramatic last-gasp victory over promotion-chasing Blofield, drew 0-0 with mid-table Dersingham on Saturday.
And tomorrow they will be playing in the final of the Suffolk Senior Cup against Crane Sports FC at Portman Road, the home ground of Ipswich Town FC.
Crane Sports FC, from Ipswich, are currently third in the Metaltec Suffolk and Ipswich Football League, the equivalent in quality of Beccles' league, the Anglian Combination Premier Division.
Beccles Town are putting on a coach to the game, which will leave at 5.15pm from College Meadow, and kick-off is at 7pm. To book a place call Paul Honeywood on 01502 716933.
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Beccles Town left it late to come back from a goal behind to beat one of this season's Anglian Combination Premier Division title favourites Blofield, by three goals to two last week.
Broxup changed the team from the last outing, Cable kept his place in goal with the back four of Myhill, Mcmorran, Barham, and Greengrass.
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The midfield three consisted of Day, Wilson and Waterman. Woods and Hurren operated in the wide positions with Knight as the lone striker.
It was Blofield who attacked from the start as Cox sent a lovely cross for Fielding to header towards goal. Cable saved but managed to spill his effort to the feet of the in-rushing Brown and somehow he put the follow-up wide and Beccles re-grouped.
On four minutes, Beccles took hold of the game and took a surprise lead.
Wilson found Hurren wide right, he beat the full-back before crossing. Blofield managed to clear only to Waterman on the edge of the box and first time, he struck a beautiful half-volley into the top corner to put town one goal up.
It didn't seem as though it would be too long for Blofield to find the equaliser and on 19 minutes they drew level.
They won a free-kick just inside the Beccles half, it was quickly taken to Ross Durrent who took a touch and unleashed an unstoppable shot from fully 35 yards that beat Cable all ends up.
Beccles had another chance before the half time break as Hurren was given time in the middle of the park to turn and send woods away down the left.
He beat his man before crossing to the unmarked Waterman, but from point-blank range, his header was saved brilliantly by Lloyd.
Blofield came out from the second half, and the expected onslaught materialised. They took the game to town, forcing many corners and half chances but the back four and keeper stayed resilient and kept the forwards at bay.
On 56 minutes, Blofield thought they had taken the lead. Danny Brown found himself through one on one with Cable, he rounded him and slipped the ball into the empty net but as he set off to celebrate, his joy was short lived as the linesman's flag was raised.
Blofield's pressure did count though as on 79 minutes, they took the lead aided by captain Barham.
Basey-Fisher picked up the ball fully 40 yards from goal and tried his luck with a long-range effort.
In an attempt to block his shot, the ball cannoned off Barhams head and trickled past the wrong footed Cable into the net to make the score 2-1.
Beccles did not lie down though and on 85 minutes, Sam Barham made up for his own goal and drew the two teams.
Hurren won a free-kick outside the box and picked himself up to deliver the cross. His dangerous ball landed straight on the head of Barham. His first header was saved well, but the ball rebounded kindly to him and lashed the ball into the roof of the net from four yards.
There was still late drama in this game and this time it was Hurren's turn to get on the score sheet and snatch all three points.
Hurren found time to turn his defender on the half way line and release woods down the left.
Woods beat his man and delivered a fine cross to Hurren in the box, and he powered his header past Lloyd and grab the points.