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Acle forwards frustrated

PUBLISHED: 12:50 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:44 30 June 2010

Acle United 1, Spixworth United 1

The pairing of Brown and Pitcher will be pleased with Spixworth's resilience against an Acle side determined to grab a much-needed Anglian Combination Premier Division victory for manager Tony Ward.

Acle United 1, Spixworth United 1

The pairing of Brown and Pitcher will be pleased with Spixworth's resilience against an Acle side determined to grab a much-needed Anglian Combination Premier Division victory for manager Tony Ward.

In a drab encounter on a drab day Acle laid siege in the second half to a Spixworth penalty area that was obviously designed by Lady Luck.

Spectators witnessed shots raining in on Fish's goal that were somehow scrambled to safety by any means available.

The visitors huffed and puffed throughout the second period without seriously troubling Scott Foreman's goal, except once. then They found him at his best to turn an effort round a post.

Thompson, Holdsworth and Morgan were unable to provide the pinpoint ball into the danger area to break down the stubborn wall across the edge of the penalty area, as the visitors protected their goal at any cost.

Football is all about making decisions, and Acle didn't make enough good ones in the second half.

Spixworth took the lead in the 21st minute when Gashut was allowed to run 40 yards before crossing. The ball found its way past Daniel Foreman, and the unmarked Hayton headed into the net across Foreman's outstretched hands.

Acle completely dominated the second period, yet Spixworth, with Shelton outstanding, defended bravely. Thompson,and Morgan saw shots rebound off various players' anatomy as they went for goal.

Daniel Foreman was again most impressive at the back for Acle, but his ability in midfield was sorely missed. Acle had two good claims for penalties, both ignored by the unsighted official.

With 10 minutes left in yet another scramble in the Spixworth penalty area, Nathan Thompson squeezed the ball home through the narrowest of gaps to Acle level in a game where a three or four-goal victory would not have been an injustice.

Despite the rest of the game being played in the Spixworth half, Acle's forwards couldn't get the winning goal their dominance and efforts warranted.

Tomorrow, Dersingham at home, 2.30pm.

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