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Brave fightback comes too late for Waveney

PUBLISHED: 10:07 07 April 2017

Waveney pile on the pressure during Saturday's home defeat against Acle. Picture: Bryan Grint.

Waveney pile on the pressure during Saturday's home defeat against Acle. Picture: Bryan Grint.

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After last week's win over Caister, Waveney felt they had turned a corner with their home form - but more mistakes saw them lose to a well organised Acle United side.

Defending champions Acle United clear their lines at Waveney. Picture: Bryan GrintDefending champions Acle United clear their lines at Waveney. Picture: Bryan Grint

Goals from Adam King and Bradley Hough late in Saturday’s game saw the hosts push for a dramatic late equaliser after going 3-0 down, but it was the reigning champions who left with the points.

Waveney welcomed back Ryan Bloomfield from holiday and two 17-year olds, Euan Newrick and Daniel Youngman, were included in the squad for the first time.

Stand-in Acle manager Chris Linehan was forced to shuffle the pack, with seven reserve players playing due to unavailability.

Waveney fell behind on the half hour mark after a spell of Acle pressure but had several good opportunities to equalise, with Mawford and Hough wasting good opportunities before the break.

Acle extended the lead from a defensive mistake and added a third on 60 minutes.

King was thrown on to inject some life into the team and he scored a great goal on 70 minutes as he exchanged passes with Hough and fired home a superb right-foot shot into the corner from the left.

Another decent move on 82 minutes set up a grandstand finish as Hough’s fine run into the box saw him fire home.

Waveney went looking for the equaliser, with Youngman coming on for his debut in senior football, but for all the late pressure it was Acle who went closest.

Sam Clabburn made a fine save, blocking an Acle striker’s goalbound shot, as the visitors went looking for a fourth goal.

The Ivy House Country Hotel man of the match award went to Matthew Wilson.

Waveney remain fourth in their first season in the Premier Division of the Anglian Combination.

On Saturday they travel to play Long Stratton for the first time this season and after that there are two home fixtures against Norwich Ceyms and Long Stratton.

Waveney could still finish third with a good finish, while they could drop as low as seventh if they finished the campaign poorly.

Waveney: Sam Clabburn, Matthew Wilson, Ryan Bloomfield (Daniel Youngman 82), Andrew Hammersley, Daniel Grigg, Ritchi High (Euan Newrick 70), Johnny Jarvis, Nelson Carinhas (Adam King 65), Tom Mawford, Bradley Hough, Sam Shepherd.

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