Spixworth claim impressive scalp

Spixworth United 1 Beccles Town 0Spixworth entertained second-placed Beccles Town in the Anglian Combination Premier Division and walked away with all three points.

Spixworth United 1 Beccles Town 0

Spixworth entertained second-placed Beccles Town in the Anglian Combination Premier Division and walked away with all three points.

This was an excellent result for Spixworth who displayed all round determination and commitment against a very good Beccles side, to claim our first home league victory of the season. Our league form of late has been poor but Saturdays showing was commendable.

Weather conditions on Saturday were not favourable, but despite cold winds and the threat of rain, another sizeable attendance was recorded. Kicking into the wind Spixworth's first half showing left much to be desired, the visiting keeper not being tested as home attacks carried little or no threat. Beccles enjoyed the greater share of play leaving Spixworth to show their battling qualities to remain on terms. Despite having more of the play Beccles failed to create many clear cut chances, those they did were comfortably dealt with by resolute defending and sound goalkeeping.

Goalless at half time and with the wind advantage, home supporters were hopeful of an improved second half showing. Manager Brown, however, was obviously not impressed with what he had seen, making immediate changes to the line up.

On came new signings Andy Hayton in attack and Stu' Brunton in midfield at the expense of Damian Didwell and Ryan Smith. Stu' had joined us the previous week when he was introduced as a late substitute against King's Lynn, Andy was making his debut. Both players contributed to a very good second half performance during which Spixworth enjoyed the greater share of play.

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It took Andy Hayton just 15 minutes to open his Spixworth account, heading in what proved to be a match winning goal following some very determined play by Ramsay Gashut. Ramsay had an excellent second half arguably his best display of the season so far. Already playing well, the goal lifted Spixworth more, as they now controlled proceedings with greater determination. Lee Askew went close, unleashing a strong drive just wide as did Mark Pitcher. With Stu' Brunton and Ben Bridges stamping their authority in midfield, Ramsay and Lee showing greater threat in the wide areas and both forwards combining well, Spixworth were a transformed side.

As to be expected from a team in second place Beccles rallied, and with 15 minutes remaining went close to gaining an equaliser when Ross Bilham lashed a vicious shot on to the post and away for a corner.

The resulting flag kick was dealt with comfortably which proved to be the final danger of the afternoon for Spixworth as they comfortably played out time for a very good victory.

Much credit for this result has to go to manager Brown for having the strength of conviction to change things around at half time. During the second half on Saturday the team clearly illustrated the level of performance they are capable of. Whilst the division remains very compact, it is important now to build on this result! On Saturday we are at home again when another of the leading clubs, Acle United, are the visitors.

The quarter final draw for the Norfolk Senior Cup has given us a home tie against fellow Anglian Combination Premier side Cromer Town.

John Keymer