Acle's trip pays dividends
Dersingham Rovers 1, Acle United 2ACLE made one of their longest trips of the season when visiting Dersingham for what was anticipated to be one of the hardest games in their quest for Anglian Combination Premier Division points.
Dersingham Rovers 1, Acle United 2
ACLE made one of their longest trips of the season when visiting Dersingham for what was anticipated to be one of the hardest games in their quest for Anglian Combination Premier Division points.
They were not to be disappointed and the good-sized crowd were served up an excellent game that was a fine example of everything that is good about local football and the league they play in.
This game was extremely well controlled by the excellent referee Mr Venemore, who has the uncanny knack of not having to keep control by waving yellow or red cards and is appreciated by both teams and supporters alike.
A stunned silence fell around the ground after just four minutes when Acle caught the hosts' defenders flat-footed with a defence-splitting pass.
It sent Thomson racing past two defenders and into the penalty area, only to be up-ended by Daniels in the home goal, allowing Ben Morgan the chance to put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot.
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This rang alarm bells in the home side and the crowd were entertained with some good attacking football, played at a high tempo throughout the rest of the first half.
Both teams had opportunities to score but found Scott Foreman for Acle and Adam Daniels for Dersingham in excellent form.
English equalised for the hosts in first-half injury time through a crowded area from a corner.
Everything the hosts threw at the visitors was comfortably coped with by the excellent Daniel Foreman at the heart of the Acle defence and Ritchie Fruin, playing his first full game for the club.
When Thompson thumped in a ferocious drive four minutes from time it was curtains for the hosts.
Thompson was picked out following some neat passing between Didwell and Holsworth and he lashed his shot from just inside the penalty area past keeper Daniels' right hand.
Acle were fortunate. Dersingham's goalkeeper made a glaring error for the first goal but over the 90 minutes Acle have no reason other than to pat themselves on the back and say the win was thoroughly deserved.
Acle started well, their passing and running good. They asked questions of their hosts and for long periods Nicholls and Foreman suffocated their midfield and front men.
With this display manager Tony Ward can certainly see light at the end of the tunnel.
Tomorrow, Acle are at Ridgeons League outfit Great Yarmouth Town in the fourth round of the Norfolk Senior Cup (3pm) - see page one.