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Bloaters aim to overcome blip

PUBLISHED: 16:22 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:44 03 July 2010

The Bloaters in aerial action against Diss at The Wellesley.

The Bloaters in aerial action against Diss at The Wellesley.

GREAT Yarmouth Town's point last week against Diss sees them unbeaten in three but with only two wins in the last eight games and without a home win in their last three Wellesley fixtures.

GREAT Yarmouth Town's point last week against Diss sees them unbeaten in three but with only two wins in the last eight games and without a home win in their last three Wellesley fixtures.

Tomorrow's opponents, Halstead Town (Wellesley, 3pm), went down heavily 4-1 at FC Clacton to ease the loss of two more home points for the Bloaters, writes Gerry Brown.

But if Yarmouth are suffering a bit of a “blip” as joint manager Paul Tong puts it, what about Halstead who have lost four of their last five games?

Home defeat to Stowmarket on November 29 was followed by 3-2 setbacks at lowly Swaffham and then Diss. The Christmas fixture saw the Rosemary Lane outfit defeat this season's surprise disappointment Saffron Walden before last week's loss in Essex.

However, Halstead are far and away the division's top scorers with 34 of their 57 goals coming away from home and have two of their side in the top six in the section - Ray Turner leads the way with 17 and last season's top man Chris Bryan is on 13. They currently have the best first division away win of the season - 7-1 at Ipswich Wanderers in October.

All that will mean nothing to Tong who knows only too well how fortunes can change and for whom “it's all on the day and who wants it more” is a frequent saying.

But Yarmouth continue to show how they are resilient and can come back from unfavourable situations - just look at their last two games against Gorleston and Diss (and the game at Diss when they were 3-1 down and won 4-3). However, Tong remains concerned about his perceived lack of strength-in-depth of the squad.

Last week's truncated first division programme saw Newmarket resume the leadership from Hadleigh and Brantham, who were both idle thanks to frost-affected pitches: Newmarket visit the Wellesley in two weeks time.

The Reserves, fourth in Anglian Combination Division Two, go to Norwich CEYMS (2pm) hoping to put last week's 1-0 loss at Reepham Town behind them.


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