North Walsham FC up and running after thrilling victory
Beccles 3 North Walsham Town 4
After last week's positive performance, North Walsham had only one thing in mind – three points.
And playing a team just a point above them, the Angelsduly got their first points on the board after beating Beccles in another thriller.
With Ward out injured and Robertson unavailable, after being in such fine form, Crosby, Johnson and Edwards came in to the squad.
Walsham started the game like a team on a mission, creating a clear chance straight from kick-off, Davis going through one on one only to miss the target. This only spurred Walsham on to attack which they did with two clear chances in the space of a minute falling to the impressive C Skipper, only for him to fire wide on both occasions.
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With Davies and Scannell in control of midfield the next chance wasn't far away. Scannell released Joy on the right and he finished in style past the helpless keeper. This was Joy's first goal for the first team, after netting four times for the reserves already this season. With the back four of Payne, Crosby and Kelly being marshalled by captain DSkipper, Beccles' chances were kept to a minimum.
The Angels were flying high and the effervescent Kerry soon had the ball in the net for 2-0, with his third of the campaign, a finish at the second attempt following a neat one two with Joy. However, with half-time looming a hopeful ball went straight through the Walsham defence for the Beccles striker to beat Murphy with ease and the score was 2-1 at half-time.
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Beccles started the second half looking for the equaliser and it came, when, against the run of play, a poor clearance from Murphy allowed Beccles to cross and finish at the far post. This left Walsham in disbelief with Beccles throwing everything at the away side only for a last ditch tackle by Payne to save the day.
Manager Cork then made his first change, with Johnson coming on to replace the hard working Davis. Good vision from Crosby resulted in a Walsham corner and Kerry, still full of running, powered home a fantastic header for his second of the game and fourth of the season.
Walsham attacked again and Kerry had his scissor kick somehow saved. However, the lofted clearance found its way straight into the Walsham box and somehow the Beccles striker managed to beat Murphy to the ball and head in the equaliser.
This sent the management into meltdown, thinking more points would be dropped. Murphy then dusted himself down, making a fine save, and a minute later he collected the ball and released Perry Payne who set off down the left wing from left back. He played a clever one two with Davies leaving him of the edge of the area, took a quick look up and then Payne produced a perfect curler to send Walsham to a fantastic 4-3 victory.
Manager Cork was understandably delighted after a disappointing start to the campaign and said it was a 'credit to all of the team for a tremendous combined effort to win the points.'.