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Bloaters' fightback too late

PUBLISHED: 15:18 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:49 03 July 2010

A storming second half could not prevent Yarmouth going down to their fourth defeat of the season in Suffolk.

A goalless first half in which Yarmouth were given a serious examination was followed by a complete change of emphasis when the Bloaters fought back to dominate, but the home side gratefully grabbed two breakaway goals while the visitors could only score from one of their many chances.

A storming second half could not prevent Yarmouth going down to their fourth defeat of the season in Suffolk.

A goalless first half in which Yarmouth were given a serious examination was followed by a complete change of emphasis when the Bloaters fought back to dominate, but the home side gratefully grabbed two breakaway goals while the visitors could only score from one of their many chances.

A reshuffle was called for with players unavailable: Simeon Lee was brought in at left back, Toby Gorbould was drafted into the centre of defence and Gareth Palmer was given an advanced role in midfield. Adey Ager failed a fitness test and Adam Sullivan, Dominic Smith and Olly Savage were unable to make the trip.

Heavy morning rain had made the pitch heavy and it soon cut up badly. Hadleigh, though, knew their own pitch well and totally dominated the first half; Yarmouth had only one chance when just before the break good work by David Hinton presented the ball to Stewart Roach around the penalty spot, but the striker mis-hit his shot wide.

A Dean Tourney-Godfrey shot grazed a post after only six minutes and Michael Hilton produced a spectacular flying save from Alan Mills to keep an 18th-minute goal-bound shot out. The young keeper so nearly gave a goal away when he raced sideways from his six-yard box and missed the ball, but Chris Williams slid his shot wide when the centre came in.

The second half saw a totally different Yarmouth. Gone was the first-half hesitancy and sloppiness, and in came endeavour, determination, firmness and no little thought.

Chances abounded and Roach and Scott Woodcock were the chief architects, both seeing shots turned aside as the Hadleigh goal came under constant threat.

Hadleigh had no answer it seemed, so how galling, then, that Yarmouth should concede two quick goals against the run of play.

After 76 minutes, the Bloaters won a corner but, with everyone pushing up Chris Williams broke to score. Hadleigh then made it 2-0 from another break down the right.

Roach nodded home a Woodcock cross to set up a frantic last 10 minutes.

Yarmouth are still fifth in the division.


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