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Acle Ladies FC closing in on second place after fine away win

PUBLISHED: 08:48 09 February 2018

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Acle United Ladies completed the double over AFC Sudbury after a comfortable victory at the King’s Marsh Stadium on Sunday.

The visitors made one enforced change with new signing Amy Bell deputising for the unavailable Fullbrook in goal.

On a bitterly cold afternoon, neither side tested their opposing keeper until the eighth minute

when Flatt’s shot was saved by the home keeper.

Acle’s pressure finally paid off in the 23rd minute with Kindred playing the ball across the centre to Holden whose through ball split the home defence for Todd to easily beat the home keeper from 10 yards.

Acle pushed forward at every opportunity and Holden was just unable to get on the end of a Rowland corner. Todd was then put away by Larkins and Kindred’s shot was just wide of the target as the visitors went into the break with a 1-0 lead.

It only took 90 seconds for Acle to extend their lead. Larkins picked up a loose ball, cut inside and her low cross to the far post was converted by Birchall.

Rowland and Flatt were controlling the centre of midfield forcing the hosts to use the flanks, where Larkins and Mungham-Gray were comfortably dealing with any attack.

In a rare Sudbury attack, Larkins put in a fine covering tackle to prevent a clear shot at goal from six yards from the hosts and the resulting corner was easily cleared.

With almost 15 minutes remaining, Acle extended their lead. Larkins’ throw to Todd saw the Acle winger cross from the byline and Holden nipped in to beat a defender and keeper and steer the ball home at the near post to make it 3-0.

Only the woodwork prevented Acle from scoring a fourth when Flatt’s free-kick smash against the bar after Birchall had been brought down 20 yards out.

However only a minute later Acle sealed a 4-0 victory when the home keeper was unable to keep out Birchall’s 25-yard shot,to move within a point of second place Cambridge City and with a game in hand.

Team: A Bell, A Larkins, O Mungham-Gray, B Scully, C Shields, C Flatt, M Todd, K Kindred, L Holden, L Bullard. Subs used: A Rowland, R Brister, G Birchall. Unused: R Burton.

This Sunday the Ladies are on the road again, travelling to Southend to play Brentwood Town, kick-off 2pm.

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