Fine win for Hindringham
Acle United 0, Hindringham 3Hindringham travelled to pre-season Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination title favorites Acle and climbed off the bottom of the Premier Division.
Acle United 0, Hindringham 3
Hindringham travelled to pre-season Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination title favorites Acle and climbed off the bottom of the Premier Division. But this superb result may be too late to save them from the drop back to Division One, as time and games are running out.
After heavy overnight snow and rain, the match was moved to the Acle second pitch. Manager Marcus Oliver made changes from the win against Brandon, Belton returning to midfield, and Nick Tagg returning as sweeper for the injured East.
Hindringham weathered early Acle attacks, and battled their way into the game. Tagg received the ball deep in his own half and pinged a perfect 40-yard ball over the full back for Jonathan Clipston to run onto and fire across the keeper to give Hindingham the lead.
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Hindringham then caused Acle all sorts of problems with their running and movement, Betts was pulling the strings and Acle could not touch him as he created space for others.
Then Hindringham got their second goal as captain West closed down a back pass, only for the keeper to mis-kick and allow him the easiest of tap ins.
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Acle then created some pressure, but Hindringham's keeper saved well. Hindringham added a third, Chilvers coasting in at the far post to score at a tight angle.
This was all in the first 20 minuites of the match and Hindringham could have had more, which their play deserved.
Oliver replaced Defew early in the second half and Hindringham withstood a lot of Acle pressure as they pushed players forward looking to get back into the match. But this allowed West and Betts more space, with which they created chances for Clipston, East and West, who failed to control the ball when clean through.
Hindringham's whole team defended well and worked hard for each other, and right at the end their keeper produced two quality saves to keep the clean sheet.
On Saturday, second-placed Norwich Union visit the Elms, 2pm, with the reserve team playing Harleston at 4pm.