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Acle well placed for Sterry Cup

PUBLISHED: 12:09 05 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:57 03 July 2010

Championship hopefuls Acle United.

Championship hopefuls Acle United.

Acle United captain Warren Nicholls was presented with a certificate by Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination secretary Chris McCullough to recognise the club's achievements and being named Premier Division Team of the Month for December, having won every league game as well as knocking out Ridgeons League side Great Yarmouth Town from the Norfolk Senior Cup at the Wellesley.

Acle United captain Warren Nicholls was presented with a certificate by Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination secretary Chris McCullough to recognise the club's achievements and being named Premier Division Team of the Month for December, having won every league game as well as knocking out Ridgeons League side Great Yarmouth Town from the Norfolk Senior Cup at the Wellesley.

United are chasing the Sterry Cup for the league championship, in second place two points behind leaders Sheringham.

Acle United 4, Wroxham Reserves 0

Having not played for three weeks due to the weather, Acle manager Tony Ward expected his side to be rusty against the defending champions, who have been struggling this season. However, Acle proved the sharper and went on to sink the Yachtsmen.

Following some impressive play they could have taken the lead, but Phil Smith guessed right to keep out Ben Morgan's early penalty.

The Sterry Cup hopefuls went on to cruise to a win which would have been more emphatic had Lady Luck been more generous. Thompson and Fruin both saw good efforts come back off the woodwork and visiting keeper Smith made several incredible saves to frustrate the home players and supporters.

Acle made the brighter start with the lively Thompson and Morgan both testing Wroxham's Smith early on.

However, the Wroxham keeper could do nothing to prevent Thompson putting Acle ahead midway through the first half. United's striker was to continue to be a constant menace to the Wroxham defenders, who tried in vain to keep him and Morgan quiet.

Morgan hit a second-half brace to seal all three points for Acle to underline to manager Ward that they believe they can now be strong contenders for honours.

After 84 minutes it was done and dusted when Bennett and Morgan combined to push a ball through the middle where Acle's captain Nicholls beat Goff Snowling and Smith to the ball and score from 15 yards.

It kept Acle's run of victories going, but manager Ward is aware of the difficult games his side face in the coming weeks and that they will have to produce the goods if they are to be crowned champions.

Tomorrow, Acle entertain fourth-placed Hempnall.

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