Acle disappoint

Loddon United 4, Acle United 1Loddon continued their impressive start to their return to Anglian Combination Premier Division football by clinically defeating a below-par Acle side.

Loddon United 4, Acle United 1

Loddon continued their impressive start to their return to Anglian Combination Premier Division football by clinically defeating a below-par Acle side.

Acle comfortably won the first half on points although at the break they found themselves 2-1 down despite taking the lead and playing well within themselves.

Saddler's two goals made sure Loddon remained unbeaten as they swept past a listless Acle side.

After 18 minutes Ben Morgan sent a pin-point corner onto the head of Ricky Hodds who saw his effort rebound out to Acle's Captain Warren Nicholls. He put his header into the corner of Collins' goal to put the visitors ahead.

Ben Morgan hit the bar with a tremendous effort as the visitors went for the jugular, but to no avail as Browne's shot was saved by Scott Foreman, but Sadler was quickest to the rebound and score.

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After 41 minutes Acle went behind when a 'hit and hope' effort from Wright went through Foreman's hands to put the hosts ahead at the break.

It took Loddon 37 minutes to carve out their first meaningful opportunity but after the half-time interval they were inspired to a comfortable win as a disappointing Acle gave the ball away too often.

Loddon capitalised on their good fortune as Sadler scored his second of the game after Foreman had taken the ball out of his keeper's hands.

Sloppy defending then allowed Hancock to score Loddon's fourth with Acle in a sad looking situation which sees them now perilously sitting in the bottom half of the table, although it's early in the season. Manager Ward was a disappointed man at the final whistle.

Robin Tungate