Though this was not going to be the deciding match for Beccles promotion to the 1st division, it was a game that had to be won in order to take the heat off next weeks’ final match of the season.
Beccles started strong and were soon troubling North Norfolks defence. With a cluster of defenders around her, Debbie Mann pushed through and into the D to take a shot. The keeper responded with some nimble foot work and deflected the ball, Hannah Eaton was well positioned for this and swept the ball into the goal.
Only five minutes later and Beccles were again in charge of the game, with Charlie Calladine out witting the keeper and scoring the second goal.
North Norfolk played a good game of hockey making accurate passes and using the full width of the pitch, they tried pushing forward. With each advance the Beccles defence were quick to react. But when a chance of a goal seemed likely for North Norfolk, Lorraine Greenwood (Beccles’ keeper) was supremely spontaneous in dashing their hopes. In the league table Beccles have conceded the least number of goals.
Jodie Sharp was again busy with her skills, weaving past players and taking the ball into the D. Like cannon fire, Sharps strike into the goal put Beccles up to 3-0. Almost immediately the action was in front of North Norfolk’s keeper and within two minutes Charlie Calladine deflected the ball into the top of the goal.
North Norfolk remained composed and did not lose their determination. On the few occasions they did progress Amy Thornton and Becky Clough pounced into action, clearing the ball back up the pitch.
As the game entered the final quarter North Norfolk seemed to lose their steam, allowing Hannah Eaton an opportunity to make a run with the ball and score. The final score being 5-0 to Beccles.
Beccles are currently standing in the way of Norwich City 5s promotion into the first division of the Norfolk Empresa league. Next weeks 10.30am game at Hobart High will be worth watching.