Just champion for Beccles
Beccles Town 2, Sheringham 1BECCLES entertained current champions Sheringham and secured a win that took them three points clear at the top of the table.
Beccles Town 2, Sheringham 1
BECCLES entertained current champions Sheringham and secured a win that took them three points clear at the top of the table.
They have games in hand over all their rivals below them.
Again manager Mick Broxup was forced into changing the entire midfield from the previous week. Alex Holmes (county call-up), Andy Woods (wedding), Nick Day (holiday) and Ricky Wilson (injury) were missing, necessitating a first start on the left for Scott Barnard and a debut for new signing Daniel Kingman, a serving soldier from Wattisham.
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It was good to see Matt Robbins back in midfield after being absent for several weeks due to work commitments.
If the first 20 minutes were anything to go by it was the visitors who looked like the top-of-the-league team.
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They attacked Town at will and were rewarded for their early pressure when Ben Price struck a thunderous free-kick from 25 yards, giving keeper Cable no chance, to score the game's opener.
How would Beccles respond to being behind in the league campaign for the first time?
With 30 minutes on the clock the Shannocks still had the upper hand but appeared to be passing a little less, allowing Beccles to begin to work their way back into the game.
However, it took 40 minutes for Beccles to have their first worthwhile chance, and with it came the equaliser.
Matt Robbins did well to win the ball in midfield and picked out top scorer Alan Remblance who teed up the ball before lashing it under the keeper for 1-1.
Amazingly, Beccles then took the lead following a free-kick on the right. Home supporters felt a sense of d�j� vu as Neil McMorran, for the second week running, headed home to make the half-time score an unlikely 2-1 with two goals in four minutes.
Early in the second half Beccles lost commanding centre-back Lee Shaw due to injury, his place being taken by Alex Greengrass.
New signing Kingman embarked on a series of eye-catching runs forward and from one Kevin Waterman set up Ant Martin, but the pace on the ball meant he drove wide.
Waterman then turned saviour at the other end as great tracking back and a saving tackle prevented what looked a certain equaliser.
It was Waterman again whose fine right-wing run and cross appeared to set up Alan Remblance for his second goal, but sliding in at the far post he guided his effort agonisingly wide.
With the game deep in its final quarter, Beccles put on Danny Compton on the left for the tiring Barnard