Bloaters' Gav relishes reunion

Tomorrow - weather permitting - Ridgeons League Division one table-toppers Yarmouth Town entertain 13th-placed Swaffham at the Wellesley (3pm) hoping to continue the good work of 2009.

Tomorrow - weather permitting - Ridgeons League Division one table-toppers Yarmouth Town entertain 13th-placed Swaffham at the Wellesley (3pm) hoping to continue the good work of 2009.

One Yarmouth player at least is anxious for the game to go on - striker Gavin Norman signed for the Bloaters from the West Norfolk club earlier this season and is looking forward to challenging his old playing colleagues.

“It'll be a bit weird, a bit strange, to be playing against my old mates many of whom keep in touch,” he said.

“I live in Dereham so Swaffham is still a very local team for me and the manager Mick Simmons often asks how I'm getting on at Yarmouth.


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“I'm really enjoying it here. The lads are a great bunch; there's a good dressing room atmosphere and they're really good to play alongside, especially Roachy from who you can learn so much. It's a great mix of youth and experience.”

Norman scored 36 goals in one season for Swaffham a while ago and after three seasons at Shoemakers Lane had a spell at Diss Town before moving back to Swaffham towards the end of last season. So far for the Bloaters, Norman has bagged five goals in 11 games.

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“I've got a few goals under my belt at Yarmouth but could always do with more! I've had a bit of a blip recently and haven't played as well as I'd have liked but it'll come back, it always does.

“It's always good to score and if the chance comes against Swaffham I hope I'll be able to take it.”

On Tuesday, Yarmouth are scheduled to entertain Premier Division Wroxham, again snow and ice permitting, in a Ridgeons League Cup second round tie (7.45pm).

And in a big week for the Bloaters, the Reserve and Youth both face their Gorleston counterparts in league fixtures - the Reserves tomorrow at Emerald Park (3pm) and the Youth also at Emerald Park on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Yarmouth's game against Stowmarket last Saturday fell victim to the snow and ice that claimed most of the local football programme in the region, but the two games that did take place in Ridgeons Division One saw possibly significant results.

Halstead Town won at Cornard United to lift them into the top six after a disappointing first half of the season for them, but Saffron Walden surprisingly lost at Long Melford - after winning their first five games and looking to be one of the promotion contenders, the Bloods have now won only two of their last eleven to severely dent their hopes.

The Bloaters last game, a 1-1 draw at Thetford on Christmas Tuesday, meant the end of their run of straight league wins which had amounted to 10 on Boxing Day, but the point increased their lead at the top of the division to five points with FC Clacton having a game in hand.

More importantly, the result increased the gap between Yarmouth and fourth-placed Diss Town to 15 points with Robert Taylor's side having played a game more than the Bloaters.

The top three in Division One have all lost only one game each.

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