Bloaters left kicking their heels

It’s been a blankety-blank fortnight now for the local teams, writes Gerry Brown.

The wintry weather put paid to any chance of football for Great Yarmouth Town with all the club’s Ridgeons sides’ games being declared off.

Last Saturday’s scheduled Norfolk Senior Cup game was postponed to Tuesday but a further postponement ensued, and the game has now been re-dated to Tuesday next week, kick-off 7.45pm.

Tomorrow is not a possibility as King’s Lynn Town have an FA Vase fixture which takes precedence. And should that game take place and end in a draw, the replay will go to Tuesday with the Senior Cup game further postponed!

Yarmouth are due to visit Haverhill Rovers tomorrow for a league game, 3pm, while the reserves are scheduled to host Stowmarket Town at the Wellesley, 3pm, but both games may be in doubt given the midweek forecasts. Radio Norfolk will carry any news of postponements.

For one Bloaters’ player, the delays are more frustrating than normal. Leading scorer Jake Reed has concluded his three-match suspension but numerous postponements have delayed his return to match action.

“It’s been awful,” Reed said this week. “I hate being banned. I’ve missed playing, but I have been working hard at home on my fitness and I’m raring to go whenever we get the all-clear.”

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Before his suspension, which started on November 2, Reed, nine goals this season so far, went five matches without scoring. But his most recent goal came in the Bloaters’ FA Vase tie at the Walks when they went down narrowly to King’s Lynn by the odd goal in seven.

And he says he would dearly love to regain his scoring form against Lynn: “It would be nice, and I really want to repay the gaffer’s belief in me, even when I haven’t been scoring. Tongy (Bloaters’ boss Paul Tong) has never stopped encouraging me. And besides that, Dom (Dominic Smith) with seven goals keeps getting closer! But score or not, to win this game is the main thing.”

The only Bloaters team in action recently was the Norfolk and Suffolk Youth League U11 side who won 7-0 at home to Stanway Villa in the Ipswich and Suffolk Open Cup last Sunday.

The U18 youth side is due to visit Dereham U18 next Tuesday should the weather relent.