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Holmes claims a double as Great Yarmouth secure 2-2 draw at Ely

PUBLISHED: 09:32 12 January 2018

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Great Yarmouth Town made it four games unbeaten after coming away from high-flying Ely with a hard earned point.

The Bloaters were without Mitch Forbes, Vadim Costandachi and Miles Palmer but welcomed back Ben Lewis and Olly Savage and called up from Brandon Charlton from the Reserves.

The game started with both sides playing some decent football on a sticky yet firm pitch. It was Ely who had some early joy and Sam Goodge got into the box and fired in a low shot but Jack Whatmough made a good save.

Yarmouth gradually got themselves into some good positions and a long throw was cleared to the edge of the box where Kieran Hagan was on hand to get a shot away which went narrowly wide.

A quick Ely break then saw Jonathan Brown get into the channel and hit a venomous shot that hit the crossbar before the resulting scramble saw the hosts hit the post.

The deadlock was finally broken by the Bloaters just before the break. A long throw from Kyle Howell was flicked on by Lewis and Chris Holmes found himself six yards out and after a scramble he managed to get the ball out of his feet to fire into the roof of the net.

The second half started with Ely on the attack and they equalised when a clearance on the edge of the Yarmouth box was blocked and fell into the path of Lee Reed who poked home underneath Whatmough.

With their tails up, Ely went in search of another goal and got it when a wayward clearance found Theobald who set up Seymour 25 yards out to strike into the bottom corner.

At the other end a great break saw a superb through ball by Hagan into the path of Sanders to leave him one-on-one. The keeper saved and the ball ran into the path of Andersen, whose sweetly struck shot was goal bound into a virtually empty net, only for Reynolds to somehow get back up in time to make a superb save.

The breakthrough finally came when a cross found Ady Ager at the back post to slide and shoot back across goal for it to nestle in the back of the net. Holmes claimed to have got a touch on it but yet to be confirmed by the dubious goal committee!

Team: Whatmough, Urry, Ford, Howell, Ager, Forbes, Sanders, Andersen, Holmes, Lewis, Hagan.

Subs: Eagleton, Savage, Charlton.

Other Great Yarmouth sport

Local supporters were guaranteed a good afternoon yesterday, when two bowlers with Norfolk connections came face-to-face in the final of the Just World Indoor Mixed Pairs Matchplay championship at Potters.

Friday, January 19, 2018

There was more good news for Norfolk bowls fans, when, following the success of Wayne Willgress in the open singles, his fiancee Bex Field helped Arbroath’s Darren Burnett send the defending champions Claire Johnston and Nick Brett crashing out of the quarter-finals of the mixed pairs.

Great Yarmouth Town maintained their unbeaten streak after having to dig deep into the squad with only 12 first team regulars available.

Friday, January 19, 2018

There will be an all Panthers final in the Norfolk & Suffolk Youth League’s under 14 cup competition.

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