On a sunny afternoon Manager Challen brought in Bull-Anthony and Gibbons as well as parading new signing Matt Hoeppner and opted for two up front with skipper Ricky Forder asked to play a more forward role behind the front two.
The former Thurlow Nunn side were the first to strike when the ball was squared for Russell to put them in front. Smith could have tied matters, after a glancing header from the busy Warminger put him clean through but he lifted his shot over the advancing keeper and just over the bar.
However, Forder was making things tick for the A’s and it was no surprise when he played in D’Rosario who coolly finished for 1-1.
It was that man Forder again who was unceremoniously upended on the edge of the box and after a 3-minute stoppage referee Swaby strangely awarded a bounce up.
The Magpies headed over from a free kick before Acle had another golden chance before the half time whistle. Referee Swaby failed to spot Warminger upended in the box before a clear handball went unnoticed as well.
Gibbons then pulled back his man inside the box at the other end for Stone to convert the penalty for 2-1.
Acle were then pressing the Magpies and looked sure to equalise but Forder’s follow up rebound shot somehow went wide of the post.
Warminger then saw his goal bound shot blocked by his own man. Tooley played in D’Rosario but his shot was saved by the keeper, before Tooley almost deflected Warminger’s shot into an empty net.
Diggins was presented with two good chances in the last ten minutes but couldn’t take either. Acle then had a third penalty claim denied by the Referee, who choose to hold the game up on several occasions to talk to players resulting in a 60-minute second half.
In the dying seconds Harleston broke away to seal the deal at 3-1 in a game that Acle did not deserve to lose.
Acle United: L Hall, L Gibbons, C Wiley, L Bull-Anthony, M Hoeppner, P Kelf, C Bishop, R Forder, J Smith, R Warminger, N D’Rosario. Subs used: G Diggens, H Tooley. Unused: N Mackenzie.