Acle joy as they beat one of title favourites

Acle United Ladies entertained the in-form AFC Sudbury who managed to reach the Women’s FA Cup first round earlier in the season.

Acle were hoping to offer a better performance than when they travelled to Sudbury on the opening day of the season when they were on the receiving end of 7-0 mauling!

Since that day Acle have come on in leaps and bounds and had some great results of late.

It was always going to be difficult against a well organised team like Sudbury but Acle started well and managed to take the game to Sudbury and after only 7 minutes Baker broke the offside trap to be in on goal but shot wide.

Defensively Acle looked solid and Emmerson and McGuire stopped any striker in their tracks, with the pitch in a good condition Acle managed and looked after the ball well when in possession.

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The visitors also looked good in possession but lacked the final ball. The midfield five of Greenfield, Ball, Bailey Welch and the impressive Ransome were looking solid and good going forward and the midfield four of Sudbury liked to tackle players but Acle stood firm.

On the half hour mark Acle had what seemed to be a perfectly fine goal from Baker disallowed for offside, this spurred the visitors into life and with only 5 minutes from half time Bonnett fouled the winger and the ref pointed to the spot for a Sudbury penalty,

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The taker struck it with power and accuracy but Anderson dived full stretch to her right to save brilliantly to keep the score at 0-0 at half time.

Just after the restart Ball fell awkwardly and injured her back and was replaced by Woollaston. Sudbury were taking the game to Acle but still lacked the final pass but when they did get through on goal, Anderson saved with ease.

The game was very much end to end and on the hour mark Acle were quick to chase down the full-back who gave the ball to Ransome who beat two defenders and slotted the ball past the keeper at her near post to put Acle 1-0 up.

After that Acle never really created too many chances but looked good as a team and kept their shape very well and limited Sudbury to long-range efforts.

Acle stood firm right to the end and recorded a very good victory against one of the league favourites.

Final score: Acle Utd 1, AFC Sudbury 0.

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