Beccles Town see shoots of recovery after tough summer of change

Beccles Town deputy chairman David Walters hopes the worst is behind the club as they look for a new beginning after a summer of turmoil.

The Anglian Combination Premier Division outfit saw huge management upheaval during the close season, but after losing all three of their opening 2012-12 competitive matches the Wherrymen finally picked up their first point of the season at the weekend.

With 'so much turmoil in the club over the past six weeks', said Walters, he hoped a little stability had now arrived.

'With (first) team managers Mick Broxup and Richard Codling both resigning before the season started, some basic changes have been needed,' he added.

'Many of you will already know that Colin Greengrass has taken on the first team for a trial period and Mark Bartram has been appointed to look after our Reserves. Both teams have suffered defeats in the first two games of the Anglian Combination and the first team exited the Mummery Cup.

'However, there are signs of new growth among the weeds and the recent batch of new signings look promising, with more to come.

'We welcome back Neil Hurren, who will both play and assist Colin in running the first team and training. Neil obtained considerable experience running the UEA team for the past season, along with playing for both Blofield United and Great Yarmouth.'

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On the pitch, there was the first evidence of recovery too, as Beccles left Wymondham Town with a 2-2 draw.

Beccles welcomed new signings Andrew Cave-Brown, Sam Booker, David Grandao and Edwardo Ferreira. It meant a line-up of Ellis, Greengrass, captain Tom Roberts, Shade, Myhill, Cave-Brown, Sam Booker, Harry Booker, Adewale, Bensley and Bailey, with Sam Roberts, David Grandao and Edwardo Ferreira on the bench.

Beccles started well and created two or three good chances. They also had to be aware of the dangerous long ball tactic deployed by the hosts, and on three separate occasions, great covering challenges from Greengrass and Roberts denied clear opportunities. In addition, Ellis had to be at his best to deny a home striker with a superb fingertip save after he had breached the Beccles rear guard.

Beccles were rewarded for their attacking play on 30 minutes, when following a corner, the ball was knocked back into the mixer by Simeon Adewale for captain Tom Roberts to nod the ball past the despairing keeper.

One soon became two for the Wherrymen just before half-time, when a strike of pure class was complemented with a touch of luck. The ball broke kindly to Cave-Brown 35 yards out and the midfielder looked up before instinctively chipping over the keeper – the ball cannoned off the bar, against the keeper and into the net.

With a 2-0 lead at half-time, it was Wymondham who stepped up a gear and took the initiative. The host's pressure paid dividends on 55 minutes as a dangerous cross was delivered into the box and Ellis' clearance cannoned back of a defender, leaving a striker with the simplest of tap-ins. And on 70 minutes Wymondham grabbed an equaliser, Beccles' rearguard failing to deal with another long ball.

The first point is on the board for Town – however there is plenty of room for improvement in both fitness and personnel. With more new signings imminent, the future is looking brighter during this rebuilding process.

Meanwhile, the Reserves were soundly beaten by a strong Mattishall Reserves 4-0, which featured several re-signed players and many new ones. There was little cohesion as one would expect with a hastily formed side, but there are some positive signs and Bartram is looking forward to a more settled side earning points.

Off of the pitch, Beccles are still looking for help on the committee and would welcome anyone who feels they could help out on a Saturday. Contact John Humby on 01502 713776 if you can volunteer.

On Saturday Beccles entertain North Walsham Town in the Premier Division (2.30pm), while the Reserves travel to Fakenham.

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