Below-strength Hemsby grab a deserved equaliser

PUBLISHED: 10:46 06 October 2017


Hemsby welcomed third in the league Earsham to Waters Lane and picked up a 1-1 draw thanks to a second half equaliser from Kristian Sutton.

For a variety of reasons Hemsby were without five players who would have been in the starting line-up but had new signing Jim Beales available for his debut.

The hosts created the first real opening when Sutton latched onto Mikey Grayson’s ball forward and he sent a decent cross over for Lewis Stebbings who couldn’t get his foot round the ball.

There was little else of note until a corner to Earsham in 30th minute which saw Rui Goncalves blocked off. The ball bounced in front of an Earsham player and then hit him on the chest and went into the top corner, with the home side appealing for a foul that wasn’t given.

Hemsby got lucky just before half-time when a slip at the back nearly proved costly as Beales lost his footing and as he tried to get back to the ball, a striker moved it away and Beales brought him down. Luckily Felix Andrews was near enough for the referee not to deem Beales as the last man and only issued a yellow card and the free-kick came to nothing.

A change in formation at the start of the second half nearly paid off as a free-kick was won and Harlen Metcalfe saw his effort excellently saved as it looked like finding the top corner.

Goncalves was called into his first bit of action of the half when he had to make a good save in the 71st minute and Hemsby then made their second change, bringing Tom Tennant on.

The change certainly saw more attacking play and this paid off when, in the 74th minute, a ball played to the edge of the area by Tennant found Reece Hopper.

He somehow managed to weave a way through a crowd of players and put the ball at Sutton’s feet and he and the defender both appeared to get a touch to send the ball past the keeper, with the Hemsby man claiming the final touch.

The home side went in search of a winner and with just a couple of minutes left Stebbings made a great run towards goal but he hesitated on taking an early shot and was forced wide.

Considering the quality of the players missing, those who pulled on a Hemsby shirt could feel very proud of their efforts.

The Fish & Grill man-of-the-match was debutant Beales.

Hemsby are at Old Hall in the Norfolk Junior Cup tomorrow.

Other Great Yarmouth sport

Friday, October 20, 2017

In a tremendous tournament at the EIS Sports arena in Sheffield, 10 Phoenix Karate Schools squad members fought courageously to obtain four gold, three silver and four bronze medals.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Gorleston was bathed in glorious sunshine for the 272 people who chose to run or walk the weekly 5km park run.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Gorleston’s new boss Stewart Larter didn’t get off to the start he wanted as his side went out of the Norfolk Senior Cup to a side who play two divisions lower.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Acle United were dumped out of the Norfolk Senior Cup after suffering a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Wymondham Town.

Most Read


A dog owner has spoken of her horror after saying she saw her tiny chihuahua killed in front of her by another dog.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:05

A Great Yarmouth house was closed down after a London drugs gang turned it into a crack den early this year.

Read more

Drivers have warned to expect delays on a major road while machinery is removed.

Read more

Ten schools in Norfolk accounted for more than a third of all permanent exclusions made in the county last year.

Read more

A reward is being offered to find a tree poisoner who targeted the grounds of a Gorleston landmark building.

Read more
Graham Plant

Local Weather



max temp: 13°C

min temp: 11°C

Digital Edition


Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today


Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter