Two wins boost Beccles Town chances
BECCLES Town kept up their Sterry cup challenge with two wins in the past week.On Tuesday evening Beccles Town first team went to Loddon for another league game and came away with all three points via a 2-1 win with goals from Alan Remblance and Tom Roberts.
BECCLES Town kept up their Sterry cup challenge with two wins in the past week.
On Tuesday evening Beccles Town first team went to Loddon for another league game and came away with all three points via a 2-1 win with goals from Alan Remblance and Tom Roberts.
Some of the other results from the night saw North Walsham drop to second and Beccles Town third with games in hand, the new leaders are Cromer Town.
Tomorrow, both teams are off on their travels. The first team are at Acle United with a 2pm kick-off as Acle Reserves play afterwards and Beccles Reserves visit Fakenham. Then on Tuesday an exciting encounter is on the cards as Beccles host Blofield in the league with a 6.15pm kick-off, a chance to avenge the cup defeat and a possible homecoming for Neil Hurren.
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Beccles 3, Watton 2
BECCLES Town returned to home pastures anxious to get their Sterry Cup challenge back on track and still smarting from the 4-0 beating at the hands of Blofield.
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A casualty of that game was club captain Sam Barham who found himself on the bench while manager Mick Broxup settled on a central defensive partnership of Andy Wigg and Tom Roberts, also missing was top scorer Alan Remblance so Jason Clarke was paired with Ant Martin up front.
Watton would be looking for revenge as Beccles had a good 3-0 win over there only a few weeks back. With the game barely four minutes old the visitors drew first blood, Mark Allibone firing home from their very first attack. As is often the case, a side deep in relegation trouble will fight for every point, and such was the case with Watton who obviously wanted the three points as badly as Beccles.
It was important that Beccles regained the initiative and did so when Ricci Wilson equalised by slotting past the Watton keeper from near the halfway line with Jason Clarke following the ball in, but not wanting to touch it, as he would have been offside.
The game continued fairly evenly with both sides playing some attractive football on the wide College Meadow pitch and following a period of sustained pressure Watton re-took the lead when Andrew Morris slotted home a sharp chance.
Beccles were well aware that they needed the win to keep in touch with the Sterry Cup leaders and continued to attack with Alex Holmes consistently beating the full-back on the right but somehow failing to deliver that special ball into the box. Watton had blocked and tackled with fervour and were looking as if they might hold on to their lead when from another series of attacks the ball fell to Jason Clarke who smashed it home to bring the score to 2-2.
Paul Heaney and Sam Barham were brought on to try to get that elusive third goal, Barham replaced the tiring Martin up front and Heaney slotted into midfield for Andy Woods.
The extra energy was soon apparent as further pressure brought a whole series of corners from left and rights and with only a few minutes on the clock Beccles managed to take the lead.
Alex Holmes drove a deep corner from the right which was met by the head of the leaping Paul Heaney on the edge of the box, to nestle into the top corner, to make it 3-2 to the hosts. For the last few minutes Danny Compton replaced Neil McMorran ho had taken a knock and a very entertaining game ended with all three points for Beccles Town.
On Sunday, College Meadow will host the East Anglian Ladies Cup final between Norwich Ladies and Ipswich Ladies with a 2.30pm kick-off.
There will be a bumper raffle on the day with the proceeds going to the Help for Heroes charity.
Last year's game was very entertaining so go along and support your green and yellow or blue and white teams and a good charity.