Last Gasp Telford Goal Ensures Share Of Spoils
Acle forced to dig deep to share the points with Saints
Acle United have George Diggens to thank for rescuing a point in injury time, as his free kick was nodded home by Robbie Telford to level matters at 2-2.
That wasn't his only major contribution either, as before the break he was taken out on the edge of the box before stepping up to crash his free kick past the Saints keeper to level the scores, after Saint Andrews were gifted an early Christmas present, when a defending back pass was woefully short of Foreman in the home goal.
Having drawn level at one each the United defence repeated the dose, as the Saints capitalised on yet another blunder as Foreman once again was left short of possession allowing the Norwich side to once again go in front.
The first half had seen both Smith and Thacker with plenty to offer up front, as United dominated possession, and could have had five first half goals. With eleven first team players unavailable mainly due to a spate of injuries, young Adam Webster stepped up to the plate and despite his inexperience at this level he had a fine game.
Acle looked to be back on terms when Luke Thacker glanced on for Diggens who put the ball in the net, but was very unlucky to be ruled offside by the linesman.
Diggens was having a big say in looking to get Acle back on terms, and almost equalised when his shot smacked against an upright. Both sides became frustrated with a number of the referees’ decisions not least of all Luke Thacker, who was banished for 10 minutes to the side-lines for dissent.
With three minutes left on the clock Thacker returned to the fray and brilliantly set up Smith for that elusive equaliser but his ball across the face of goal couldn't quite connect with the onrushing striker, and yet another chance went begging.
So, to almost the last kick of the game, as United won a free kick out wide on the right, and in an overcrowded box Telford flashed his header home from Diggens pin point cross to give Acle a share of the points.
Acle United: S Foreman, A Webster, R Fisher, S Barham, R Telford, R Wiley, G Diggens, R Forder, L Thacker, J Smith, H Davis. Sub used: A Tuckfield, Unused: C Piggin, K Challen