Acle let things slip
Acle United 3, Beccles Town 4ACLE disappointed their followers against a Beccles team that, after the break, showed they had not came just to make up the numbers.
Acle United 3, Beccles Town 4
ACLE disappointed their followers against a Beccles team that, after the break, showed they had not came just to make up the numbers.
What happened to Acle in the second half remains a mystery
as they turned round one up and seemingly well in command of this Anglian Combination Premier Division match.
Beccles went second, leaving Acle third bottom.
The first 45 minutes were played out largely in the visitors' half but they certainly took the game by the scruff of the neck and went on to show a completely different Beccles to that which struggled valiantly in the first period.
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Acle rue the fact that they didn't have more to show for their first half monopoly except the goal engineered by the excellent run of Danny Crane from the half-way line before driving the ball across the face of goal. There Rathbone was waiting to give the finish touch, but Beccles captain Sam Barham could only steer the ball past
his keeper in attempting to clear his lines.
In the second half it was plain to see the difference between the two sides, namely Alan Remblance the Beccles striker who scored a hat-trick and completely demoralised his hosts.
Cable, for Beccles, saved as Holdsworth steamed through but at the other end slack defensive work allowed Remblance to pounce and go round four defenders and Acle's young keeper to equalise.
Midway through the second period Remblance put Beccles ahead from the spot after Harrison was adjudged to have pulled a shirt in the penalty area.
And ex-Acle man Andy Woods rubbed salt in the wounds by going past a static home defence that were giving keeper Scott Foreman little protection before putting the visitors 3-1 ahead.
Four goals in a five-minute spell brought the game to a close.
Following Woods' effort Lacey forced the ball home to breath new life into the hosts before man of the match Remblance completed his hat-trick with another clinical finish and Holdsworth got Acle's third.
But Acle will rue the missed chances as their defence looked capable of springing a leak at any time.
Thankfully, Acle know they will not have to face the brilliant Remblance every week of the season - a player playing well below his station.