Remblance brace brings cup joy
Beccles Town 2, Horsford 0ON Saturday Alan Remblance struck twice in the first half against a decent Horsford side but they were made to work for the win to set up a Mummery Cup quarter-final tie against another Anglian Combination Division One side, Stalham Town.
Beccles Town 2, Horsford 0
ON Saturday Alan Remblance struck twice in the first half against a decent Horsford side but they were made to work for the win to set up a Mummery Cup quarter-final tie against another Anglian Combination Division One side, Stalham Town.
For the third week in succession manager Broxup was able to pick the same starting XI that played in the previous week.
Beccles started brighter against their lower-league opposition and should have found gone a goal up in the 15th minute when Remblance and Hurren combined, but Hurren's shot was easily saved by the visiting keeper.
The Beccles rearguard of Mcmorran, Wigg, Greengrass and Barham coped well with the small amount of attacking possession the visitors gained and reduced chances to a minimum.
On 22 minutes Beccles took the lead with a quick-fire double from Remblance. The impressive Day fed Remblance 35 yards from goal, and he took one touch and smashed the ball towards goal.
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The speed and swerve on the shot deceived the keeper and the ball flew into the bottom corner of the net for 1-0.
One soon became two as Remblance grabbed his and Beccles' second. Beccles won a free-kick which Waterman stepped up to take. He swung in a lovely ball straight onto the head of Remblance and the in-form striker powered his header past the stranded keeper for 2-0.
Horsford began to get a foothold in the game, and forced a couple of half-chances, but Beccles held out until half-time with the score at 2-0.
Both teams returned from the half-time break trying to grab the initiative. The game began to get really scruffy with the rain falling and the pitch cutting up.
The large majority of the game was being contested in the centre of midfield with Peters, Waterman and Day who covered every blade of grass. They battled in vein but were not able to get the ball down and start many attacks because of the strong Horsford midfield.
Chances for both teams were few and far between, but Beccles did have two openings to kill the tie.
Remblance fed Hurren away on the right. He slid a ball across the face of goal for the on-rushing Day, but he failed to make a clean connection and the keeper saved well.
The second chance fell to Remblance. Hurren again got away down the right and cut inside, feeding the ball to Remblance whose first-time shot was destined for the bottom corner - only for the keeper to tip the ball round the post.
The remainder of the game Beccles were kept on their toes as Horsford threw caution to the wind and sent on more attacking players to try get back into the tie.
Beccles held out for the final whistle and book their place in the quarter-final.
Another good win for Town in the Mummery Cup, but with Hempnall and Cromer slipping up on Saturday, attentions turn back to the league as a tougher test will roll into College Meadow tomorrow in the form of Blofield United, ko 2pm.