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Bloaters keep promotion hopes alive

PUBLISHED: 11:49 26 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:29 03 July 2010

Action from the Bloaters' win over Brantham.

Action from the Bloaters' win over Brantham.

MUCH-improved displays Saturday and Tuesday kept alive Great Yarmouth Town's faint hopes of promotion.

The 4-0 home win over Brantham was followed by a 2-0 success at Fakenham where Scott Woodcock scored goals at the beginning and end of the second half against his former club.

MUCH-improved displays Saturday and Tuesday kept alive Great Yarmouth Town's faint hopes of promotion.

The 4-0 home win over Brantham was followed by a 2-0 success at Fakenham where Scott Woodcock scored goals at the beginning and end of the second half against his former club.

“We just have to plug on,” said Bloaters' manager Kevin Cruickshank. “We have to have hope as long as it's still mathematically possible.”

On Tuesday, the first team have a home game against Swaffham Town, ko 7.45pm.

There will be no football tomorrow on the Wellesley, the first XI are away to yet another promotion hopeful Halstead Town. The reserves are also away, to Beccles Caxton.

On Monday, the long-awaited local derby at the Wellesley sees Yarmouth U18 take on their Gorleston counterparts, ko 7.45pm.

Great Yarmouth Town 4, Brantham Athletic 0

The return of two key players, Alan Darby and Adam Sewell, made such a difference to gaining a sound home win against a Brantham side still eyeing up the third promotion spot.

Sewell was outstanding in the Bloaters' defence, producing one of his best games of the season, earning himself man-of-the-match honours, writes Arthur Fisk.

Brantham looked very impressive early on, playing attacking football, quite often pulling six or more men up front. But attacking in numbers means their defence lets in goals.

Yarmouth survived the early onslaught. In the brilliant spring sunshine keeper Hilton was in fine form, dealing with anything that came his way.

Young Reed, for Yarmouth, had a good effort blocked and the Bloaters' captain Ager saw his goalbound volley cleared. Savage, up with the Bloaters' attack, delivered a superb cross which begged a final touch.

Brantham saw the Yarmouth keeper pull off a stunning save from a full-blooded volley from Wilcox. Still Brantham pressed and it was the same player who had the chance to open the scoring but sent his effort wide.

Play swung to Yarmouth resulting in a penalty on 32 minutes when Agar was fouled. Scott Woodcock sent his low, well-struck effort wide of the keeper.

Brantham rallied well, but against a resolute Yarmouth defence the going was tough.

Yarmouth's leading scorer Stuart Roach is always good for a goal, yet he will be a long time scoring an easier one than Yarmouth's second.

His sheer persistence in chasing a lost cause paid off when the keeper made a hash of things

and Roach walked the ball into

the net.

Thompson replaced the hard-working Jake Reed who went off to applause. Yarmouth had genuine appeals for a penalty when one of the Brantham defenders punched the ball over his bar.

Sub Mark Thompson got his name on the scoresheet with a low, diving header.

There really was no stopping Yarmouth who had tasted a 4-0 defeat the previous Saturday at Clacton.

A good day for the Bloaters, but it was disappointing to have only 61 spectators at a good game.

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