This was going to be the deciding match of the season, with Beccles’ strong win the previous week they knew they only needed to draw to be promoted into division 1 of the Empresa Norfolk league. They have also suffered Norwich City 5s ability to start a game with a bang, this time Beccles were prepared.
Immediately launching an attack Beccles had worked the ball into the D. Jodie Sharp’s powerful attempts to strike the ball into the goal were met with equal rapid response as the City’s’ keeper deflected the ball away. Hannah Roberts showed confidence as City tried to take charge. However City struggled to find a rhythm, their structured passing routines were short lived. Ali Foreman and Sarah Webster (mid field) pounced upon their attempts, taking possession and moving up the pitch. Beccles were making some good passes and the ball shot through City’s defence. Debbie Mann received the ball inside the D, swamped by City defenders there was no room to move. Debbie used her stick skills to outwit the mass of green and yellow that surrounded her and with a reverse stick she flicked the ball past the keeper to put Beccles 1-0 up.
Beccles’ ardent, perpetual supporters were thrilled, but the team couldn’t afford to linger in the moment. City thundered on and surged into the Beccles defence. Goal keeper, Lorraine Greenwood moved like she had Saturday Night Fever, making some outstanding saves as City attempted to score.
Beccles remained focus for the second half as they anticipated City’s determination to make something of the game. As City pushed forward down the left wing, Becky Clough was relentless in denying them access. As City endeavoured to get the ball into the D Amy Thornton and Max Gibbs took possession and cleared the ball. Brenda Thomson & Sara Grant remained unruffled as they saw off City’s attacks on the right wing.
City were not losing sight of their aspirations of promotion. They ramped up the pressure with a frenzied attack into Beccles’ D. The moment intensified with a cluster of legs and sticks the ball slipped over the line. With only 4 minutes to go the atmosphere exploded, applause from supporters transformed into hysteria. This was now a two horse race again, with all the thrills of Derby Day. Beccles played every last minute of the game with heart and soul, and it paid off. Finishing at 1-1 Beccles can now start their 50th season in the 1st Division.