History made as Beccles Town Ladies Football Club plays first ever fixture

Beccles Town ladies v Gorleston Ladies. Picture: Helen Nicholson

Beccles Town ladies v Gorleston Ladies. Picture: Helen Nicholson - Credit: Archant

A piece of footballing history was made in Beccles this week, as for the first ever time a women's team took to the turf.

Beccles Town ladies v Gorleston Ladies. Picture: Helen Nicholson

Beccles Town ladies v Gorleston Ladies. Picture: Helen Nicholson - Credit: Archant

Beccles Town Ladies Football Club played its debut match on Sunday, hosting Gorleston at College Meadow.

And while the stars may not have aligned to produce the dream result, the future still looks bright for the newly formed side.

Beccles Town ladies v Gorleston Ladies. Picture: Helen Nicholson

Beccles Town ladies v Gorleston Ladies. Picture: Helen Nicholson - Credit: Archant

While the visitors claimed a 7-1 victory over the debuting hosts, the club's manager said his side could still leave with their heads held high.

Manager Alan Runnacles said: 'The performance really didn't reflect the result, some of our passing was superb and I thought the girls played brilliant football.

Beccles Town ladies v Gorleston Ladies. Picture: Helen Nicholson

Beccles Town ladies v Gorleston Ladies. Picture: Helen Nicholson - Credit: Archant

'Gorleston are a top side who have been playing together for a long time and it was only 2-1 at half time, In the second half I experimented a bit with different personnel and in against a side of Gorleston's quality, I felt it was an excellent outing.'

Jordan Duke, 18, claimed her own piece of history in the first half, scoring the club's first ever goal, after the visiting side had claimed a two goal lead.

Beccles Town ladies v Gorleston Ladies. Picture: Helen Nicholson

Beccles Town ladies v Gorleston Ladies. Picture: Helen Nicholson - Credit: Archant

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Mr Runnacles added: 'The girls were really happy with how they played despite the result. Before the match I told them to go and enjoy their football and that the result was irrelevant.

'We feel like we have the whole of Beccles behind us though. Everybody has been incredibly supportive of us and more than 100 people came out to cheer us on, which was really good to see.

Beccles Town ladies v Gorleston Ladies. Picture: Helen Nicholson

Beccles Town ladies v Gorleston Ladies. Picture: Helen Nicholson - Credit: Archant

'Beccles Town Football Club as a whole as also been incredibly supportive, and I think the existance of the team will prove very beneficial to the club and the town indeed.'

The side were formed earlier this year, after receiving a grant from the Football Association and Football Foundation, along with sponsorship from The Ingate Freehouse in Beccles.

They are now preparing for one more friendly - at home to Sprowston on Sunday - before beginning their first league campaign the following week.

Their first competitive fixture will be away to Bure Valley Wildcats on Sunday, September 10, in division two of the Norfolk Women's and Girls League.

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