Remblance hat-trick aids win

Beccles travelled to St Andrews in the first round of the Mummery Cup and won 3-1.This has always been a tricky fixture in the past and even though St Andrews now compete in Division One this was a tie that Town could not afford to take lightly.

Beccles travelled to St Andrews in the first round of the Mummery Cup and won 3-1.

This has always been a tricky fixture in the past and even though St Andrews now compete in Division One this was a tie that Town could not afford to take lightly.

Manager Broxup had the luxury of selecting the same starting 11 that so impressively beat Hempnall on Tuesday night. Fiske was still unavailable due to work commitments but the club was boosted by the return of last year's player of the year Nick Day who successfully came through 90 minutes for the reserves Wednesday night.

Keeper Cable kept the No. 1 jersey with the back four consisting of Mcmorran, Payne, Barham and Mayhew. Broxup kept faith in the young midfield partnership of Waterman and Peters who have been so impressive of late, with Woods and Lees operating down the flanks and Hurren partnering Tuesday night's match winner Remblance upfront.

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Beccles started the brighter in the opening exchanges, both Remblance and Hurren had half-chances but Beccles looked shaky and struggled to get their passing game going or create any clear cut chances.

As the first half progressed the home side began to get a foot hold in the game, at times the young midfield duo of Waterman and Peters were being over run by the home side's three-man midfield.

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On 35 minutes St Andrews thought they had taken the lead. The home side's busy playmaker picked up the ball midway inside Town's half.

He then spotted the lone St Andrews front man who thought he had beaten the offside trap. He coolly slotted home past keeper Cable only for the joy to be short lived as the linesman's flag was raised and Beccles could breathe a sigh of relief.

The rest of the first half continued to be cagey and Beccles were happy for the referee to blow his whistle for half-time.

Broxup must have had some very strong words to say to the Beccles team at half-time as this was a very poor first half display after such a positive result in their last game.

Whatever the manager said to the players at half-time must have rubbed off as Beccles started the second half a completely different side. Town really stepped up a gear, the passing was slicker, the work rate was greater and for the first time in the game the home side really started to find it difficult to cope.

This paid dividends on 60 minutes as Beccles took a deserved lead. Mayhew picked up the ball in the left-back position and found Hurren with his back to goal. He brought the ball down and set Woods racing down the left-hand side. Woods looked up and sent a teasing cross to Remblance at the far post who superbly headed past the stranded St Andrews keeper to make the score 1-0.

It was all Beccles now and both Waterman and Hurren had good chances to double their lead but drew fine saves from the home keeper. Beccles still had to be aware of the threat of St Andrews breaking on the counter attack, but the Beccles rearguard coped very well with what they had to offer.

In particular, Payne was having a fine game, on occasions stepping forward to make the extra man in midfield to take some pressure off Waterman and Peters.

One soon became two; Remblance picked up the ball midway inside St Andrews half. He beat two players and as everyone in the ground expected him to slip his strike partner in for an easy chance, he clinically dispatched the ball into the bottom corner to make the score 2-0.

Day made his return to first team action as he replaced the tiring Lees. Waterman moved to an unfamiliar role at right midfield and Day took up his place alongside Peters.

On 75 minutes, Remblance grabbed his hat-trick and all but booked Beccles name in the hat for the next round. Remblance latched on to a through ball from Peters and again when a ball to an unmarked Waterman was on, he took on the shot. He forced a good save from the keeper only for the ball to kindly rebound back to him and the in-form striker made no mistake at the second time of asking.

There was time for the home side to grab a consolation from a fine finish but Beccles held out for a thoroughly deserved victory.

Beccles will again face Division One opposition in the next round as they have been drawn against Horsford at College Meadow.

Tomorrow Beccles face another tricky away trip to Hindringham, 2.30 ko.

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