Whitton frustrated by resolute FC Clacton in Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

UNDER PRESSURE: Debenham LC midfielder Liam Bevis, left, is tackled by a March Town defender

UNDER PRESSURE: Debenham LC midfielder Liam Bevis, left, is tackled by a March Town defender - Credit: Archant

FC Clacton recorded their fourth Thurlow Nunn Premier Division win in a row as they took their chances against Whitton United last night, triumphing 2-1.

It was a frustrating night for Paul Bugg’s Whitton but they actually started the brighter with Aaron Reid at full-stretch to deny Karl Andrade’s curling effort after five minutes.

Danny Thrower was certainly in the thick of the action in the first half as he saw his header from a Liam Bevis corner ruled out for a foul on the Seasiders’ stopper.

Whitton’s luck was seemingly out, and even more so when referee Potkins awarded a harsh-looking free-kick for handball against Scott Marjoram on the edge of the area.

Ryan Bedingfield was at his best to keep Aaron Condon’s curling effort out, but the resulting corner kick saw right-back Ally McInnes powerfully head home in the 22nd minute.

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Whitton and Thrower’s frustrations grew further when he saw his vicious 25-yard effort tipped onto the bar by Reid after 34 minutes.

Much like the first goal, the Essex side then ruthlessly punished Whitton when, out of nowhere and just two minutes later, Jake Plane lashed in a half-volley just inside the box into the top corner - a beautiful goal to leave the half-time scoreline in favour of Clacton.

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Bugg’s men responded strongly in the second period and after Reid denied Andrade from point blank-range, Bevis bent in a free-kick after 70 minutes to give them hope.

But for the remainder of the game, Clacton put in a resilient rearguard performance to claim the points.

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