Opening defeat for Acle
Cromer Town 2, Acle United 0THE Anglian Combination Premier Division season started for Acle with a defeat on the north Norfolk coast on Tuesday evening.
Cromer Town 2, Acle United 0
THE Anglian Combination Premier Division season started for Acle with a defeat on the north Norfolk coast on Tuesday evening. It was played on a pitch that shames a lot of Ridgeon League club pitches, such was the excellent surface prepared for this opening game.
The fact that the first half finished goalless had nothing to do with the pitch but to the two teams cancelling themselves out, such was the skill on show.
Acle's central back two of Andrew Wright and Daniel Foreman dominated their part of the field so confidently that rooky goalkeeper Scott Foreman had little to do, however when called upon he proved a capable claimant for the regular position.
Peter Nobbs more than coped with the double threat of Hunton and Durrant but Kyle Halsey blotted his copybook in the 95th by lashing out at Parker and being rightly shown the red card.
The visitors struggled at times to mount any serious attacks, having to play with just Ben Morgan as a lone striker and the five midfielders unable to get up in support.
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Half-time arrived with hardly a clear-cut chance being created at either end and play confined to the central area between the two penalty areas.
Early in the second period the hosts took the initiative to score twice and kill the game off.
This knocked the stuffing out of the visitors as they were left to chase the game.
A long hopeful punt upfield found Eves, who skipped past Nobbs only to see visiting keeper Foreman lose his footing at the crucial moment and Cromer striker coolly put his side in front.
Almost immediately this advantage was doubled as the Cromer centre back Harwood hit a long high ball from the halfway line, and as Foreman lost sight of the flight in the floodlights the ball finished in the net for the Crabs' second.
Acle then used their full quota of substitutes in an effort to get something from the game, but the effort came to no avail.
Acle's young striker Ben Morgan was injured near the end and following a lengthy stoppage had to leave the field on a stretcher.
All at Acle FC thank the Cromer physios for their assistance at this time and it is hoped the injury is not as bad as first thought.