Mayhew’s 25th goal of the season sinks Great Yarmouth Town
PUBLISHED: 06:07 03 November 2017
A Great Yarmouth side missing several key players came away from the tough midweek trip to in-form Stowmarket Town empty handed, with a first half goal settling the issue.
The Bloaters were able to include new-signing Sam Whiting and there was a return between the sticks for Josh Glover, who had travelled some distance to deputise for the injured Jack Whatmough.
The visitors started well against a side who were unbeaten in their previous 10 games, and a good exchange between Lewis, Sanders and Forbes saw a cross into the box onto the head of Lewis but Bradbrook was in the right place to make the save.
The visitors then had another chance as Sanders was fouled on the edge of the box but Andersen’s free-kick was too high.
Stowmarket score what proved to be the only goal of the game in the 25th minute. A cross from the right by Cowley was not dealt with and Josh Mayhew took the opportunity to fire an unstoppable shot past Glover for his 25th goal of the season.
The visitors continued to press the home side and deny them time and space on the ball in a competitive half of few clear cut chances.
The second half began with Stowmarket on the front foot and the visitors were grateful to Andersen who made a covering challenge as Brown threatened. Another dangerous cross was then thwarted by good work by youngster Josh Ford who was having a fine game at left-back.
The home side were content to soak up any pressure the Bloaters could apply but most of the game centred around a packed midfield with neither side giving an inch of space.
In the 80th minute there was a double substitution for the visitors as Davis and Sanders were replaced by Holmes and Hagan as the Bloaters went searching for an equaliser. However it was the home side who were denied a second when Glover saved from a goalmouth scramble from a corner. The visitors’ best chance to equalise came with seven minutes to go. Hagan did well to retain possession and he set the ball back to Andersen who fired a powerful shot over the bar from the edge of the area, with the goal at his mercy.
Bloaters: Glover, Howell, Ford, Costandachi, Ager, J Forbes, Sanders, Andersen), M Forbes,Lewis, Davis. Subs: Holmes, Hagan, Whiting, Bond.