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Beccles Town
Blofield United
Sat 21 Oct 14:30 - Hadley & Ottaway Anglian Combination - Premier Division Full time

Beccles Town 0 Blofield Utd 3

Beavers deservedly take all three points

Beccles Town 0 Blofield Utd 3

The first team travelled to College Meadow in good form having won their last two. The home side were also in good form having been unbeaten in their last three league games which included an impressive win away to Mulbarton.

For Blofield, Dan Stobbart and Danny Mckail were absent but Matty Banham returned after a fortnight’s injury lay off. New signing Abdul Ferej made his first start for the beavers.

Blofield: Ian Stones, Abdul Ferej, Isaac Mace, Adam Wright, James Basey Fisher ©, Jack Robinson, Tom Wright, Kris Hart, Robbie Fryers, Orren Oliver, Elliot Gibbs. Subs: Matt Banham, Will Bennett, Damian Didwell

Blofield created the first chance in the 5th minute. Oliver forced his way past three challenges but his shot was well smothered by Cable.
Both teams were struggling to adapt to the very blustery conditions which threatened to spoil the game although out of the blue in the 17th minute Blofield had the ball in the Beccles net only for the ‘goal’ to be disallowed.

Gibbs picked the ball up and from 25 yards, hit a great shot which Cable did well to save. The ball rebounded to Harty whose crossed into the middle of the penalty area for the on-rushing Fryers to poke the ball home, only for the linesman’s flag to cut short Blofield’s celebration.
The game was beginning to liven up and two minutes later, Beccles themselves almost snatched the lead. The ball fell to Billy Shaw and his deflected effort was heading for the top corner, only for Stones to make a brilliant one-handed stop and tip the ball over the bar.

New signing Ferej was showing up well and in the 24th minute, his surging run into the box saw the ball fell kindly to Mace, his first-time shot was well saved again by Cable.

Beccles responded again and intricate play between Shaw and Bishop saw the latter’s shot clear the crossbar.

Within two minutes, Blofield should have twice taken the lead. There was a huge let off for the home side when in the 37th minute, Cable got himself in all kinds of trouble trying to dribble the ball past Gibbs in his own area. Eliott won the ball and with Cable on the ground and the goal at his mercy, somehow managed to completely miss the target, a contender for ‘miss of the season’.

A minute later, a delightful ball from Mace put Oliver in on goal. He cut back (past Shade) onto his favoured right foot and curled his shot agonisingly the wrong side of the post.

Just before half time, Fryers was shown a yellow card for a foul and as the half ended, Blofield supporters were left wondering if their side would pay for those missed chances.

H/T : Beccles Town 0 Blofield 0

Sure enough, the home side started the quicker in the second half.

Firstly, Godbold had a shot which was straight at the keeper. This was then followed by a George Brown volley which was well wide.

Blofield responded and Gibbs fired over from the edge of the area but in the 53rd minute the Beavers took the lead through Oliver.

Gibbs did ever so well shrugging off a Beccles challenge on the far touchline and his dangerous cross was swept home superbly by Orren.

Oliver almost grabbed another a minute later as he went past three Beccles challenges only to be denied by Cable again.

Blofield were now turning the screw and it came as no surprise when in the 57th minute they went two ahead. From the initial corner Wright’s thunderous goal bound shot was charged down. The ball hung in the air and whilst the home side’s defence hesitated, Fryers stole in to volley the ball home.

It was all Blofield and great work by Robinson saw Mace’s long-range effort fly straight at the keeper.

The game was sealed in the 69th minute with Blofield’s third goal. Great interchange play between Robinson and Wright saw the latter flick the ball over the static Beccles defence for Fryers to yet again volley the ball past Cable.

Gibbs & Ferej had made way for Bennett & Banham and in the 69th minute, from a short corner Bennett’s cross found Basey Fisher free, his attempt at a ‘Zola style’ finish left a lot to be desired though and the danger was cleared.

Ex-Beaver Neil Hurren had since joined the fray and he really should have pulled one back in the 86th minute. Bishop had done ever so well rounding Stonesy & unselfishly pulled the ball back to Hurren. Again, with the goal at his mercy and with Blofield defender’s struggling to cover, he hesitated for a split second too long, allowing his old team mate Kris Hart to make a fantastic goal saving tackle.

The day got worse for Beccles as David Shade received his marching orders in the 89th minute for a second yellow following a foul on Fryers.

F/T: Beccles Town 0 Blofield Utd 3

This was a great team display from the Beavers with impressive performances all over the park. Special mention to Orren & Robbie ‘the volley’ Fryers, who are showing signs of forming a decent partnership and also a nod to Abdul Ferej who had an excellent game at right back. With Stobbart & Mckail returning this week, all of this gives Damo a few selection headaches for the trip to Hoveton next week in the Mummery Cup.

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
10. Wroxham Res 30 39
11. Beccles Town 30 38
12. Blofield United 30 33
13. Mattishall 30 33
14. Acle United 30 31
15. Stalham Town 30 27
16. Reepham Town 30 6


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