Beccles end in fine style
BECCLES Town completed their league programme on Saturday with a visit to second-place Blofield.
This victory secured Beccles a top- six finish, a brilliant effort from Mick Broxup and his men who with an extremely small squad all richly deserve their finishing position.
The club’s annual meeting will be at the clubhouse on Tuesday at 7.30pm.
Blofield United 1, Beccles Town 3
Alex Greengrass’ injury meant Beccles called up Sam Harmer at right-back for the Blofield game. This also meant another start for young Cory Haylock in midfield who had acquitted himself admirably against Acle the previous Wednesday.
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The visitors did not take long to make a mark and Ant Martin scored early on with a fine shot as Beccles caught the home defence cold.
It was all Beccles now and the home midfield did its best to get enough ball to supply the Blofield forward line.
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Beccles had chances practically through Remblance who forced Woodcock in goal to dive low to his left to beat out a fierce drive.
Half-time came and went and the home side at last seemed to be awaking from their slumbers. Danny Cable went full length to claw away one effort. However, Tom Roberts and Neil Mcmorran in the heart of the visitors’ back line stood firm with the ever-reliable Toby Hall resolute in front of them.
Beccles then fashioned another chance and with just the keeper to beat Remblance shot rebounded across to Damon Bensley.
With an open goal some five yards out, he dropped his shot over.
But Bensley more then made up for the miss when, put through in the left-hand channel, he beat the defender, drew the keeper before placing his shot under him into the net.
He repeated the feat from a similar position for his second.
At 3-0 up it seemed only the amount of goals the visitors would score, but this never quite materialised.
Beccles replaced the injured Harmer who had played excellently at right-back with Sam Roberts. Owen Southgate came on for Ray Masters. But it was the hosts who added a consolation goal near the end to make the final score 3-1.
Beccles Town 3, Acle United 2
BECCLES had their last home game the previous Wednesday. Beccles welcomed back leading scorer Alan Remblance after a three-game absence and he did not take long to make his mark, heading in the game’s opener after some five minutes.
It was clear to see that this was a good Acle side as they endeavoured to wrestle back the initiative. Toby Hall, in particular, in the centre of midfield was showing up well in the early exchanges.
Then, somewhat against the run of play, Acle drew level when Nathan Thomson scored from close range.
Not to be deterred, Beccles went straight back on the offensive and Remblance’s crisp turn and shot brought his and Beccles’ second.
Just before half-time Acle made it 2-2 with a goal from Ricci Butler.
Half-time came and went and Beccles were forced into a change, full back Alex Greengrass injury meant young Sam Roberts came on and made several eye-catching runs down the right to supplement the attack. Beccles took the lead again with a truly remarkable goal.
Beccles won the ball on the right it was played back to Ray Masters some 30 yards out from goal.
His first-time strike arrived into the net with the goalkeeper motionless as it hit the back of the net – one of the best goals seen for many a year at College Meadow.
Beccles saw out time to end their home programme on a high with a 3-2 victory.