Acle Downed By League Leaders
By Web Master
Acle United went down by 3 goals to 1 in a match that saw Caister retain their position at the top of the Anglian Combination Premier table.
The match kicked off in front of a large Bridewell Lane crowd and despite the unavailability of three home players, the A's dominated the early exchanges. But it was the visitors would take the lead, when man of the match Jordan Stanton left three defenders in his wake before crashing the ball past Foreman.
Then it was the turn of the home side's man of the match, as Daniel Foreman released a brilliant shot from 35 yards out that brought a fantastic save from the Caister keeper. Then take two, as Foreman thundered a free kick against the angle of bar and post from some 30 yards out.
Acle were mounting wave after wave of attacks as the league leaders were struggling to get out of their half. The constant pressure was always likely to tell and from another free kick to Acle Foreman's telling delivery saw Coleto Cano guide his header into the back of the net.
Willetts took out Smith on the touchline for the first card of the day but with the score at 1-1 Carus picked out Thacker whose great skill almost put the A's in front. Diggens was fouled on the edge of the box to give Foreman yet another opportunity to put Acle ahead.
The teams turned around all square in a half that Acle had surprisingly dominated. After the break Thacker continued to cause problems for the Caister defence. Wilks was finding space down the right and his cross was well defended by Carus as he put the ball out for a corner.
Kelf played a wonderful ball into Smith and he was inches from giving Acle the lead. Caister were now the dominant team and capitalised on Scott Foreman's error when King finished with typical precision for 2-1.
The lifeboatmen sealed the deal when King was put through for another top finish to put the result beyond doubt. Acle did respond momentarily when Tooley slid the ball across the face of goal but there was nobody there to touch the ball home.
Foreman made a brilliant stop to restrict the deficit but, in all fairness, the last 10 minutes saw the leaders miss a number of chances.
So, the proverbial game of two halves came to an end with Acle the much better side in the first half and Caister much the superior in the second, and an impressive performance by referee Portrawski who let the game flow throughout.
Acle United: S Foreman, S Howard, R Fisher, P Kelf, J Carus, D Foreman, A Smith, R Forder, L Thacker, G Diggens, J Coleto-Cano. Subs all used: H Martin, H Tooley, E Pereira.