Bloaters on the road to Diss

GREAT Yarmouth Town have a re-arranged fixture tomorrow. With both the Bloaters and Diss Town out of the FA Cup, the league has brought forward their meeting at Diss (3).

GREAT Yarmouth Town have a re-arranged fixture tomorrow. With both the Bloaters and Diss Town out of the FA Cup, the league has brought forward their meeting at Diss (3).

This is a potentially difficult game but with potentially important points at stake, writes Gerry Brown.

The Tangerines are third in the Ridgeons One table and Yarmouth just one place, and one point, behind in fourth but with two games in hand.

Diss' one league defeat came in their first match of the season, 2-0 at relegated but top-of-the-table Newmarket Town, and Yarmouth's record at Brewers Green Lane is

not good.

But in this season of change, that is just another item for serious attention.

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Yarmouth showed they were not going to be negatively influenced by losing to Wroxham in the FA Cup when they gave a five-star - and five-goal - performance last Saturday against Long Melford.

Two goals each for Darren Lamb and Adey Ager following the opener from Scott Woodcock sent a strong message to any other Division One promotion hopefuls.

Yarmouth used the windy conditions to perfection in the first half when they built up an unassailable 4-0 lead, and all departments of the team performed well.

“The midfield learned their lesson from the Wroxham game and played really well. The defence was rarely troubled although an error led to Melford's goal. Paul (Tong) and I gave Michael Hilton his senior debut for the club, and Roachy led the line well up front,” said joint manager Kevin Cruickshank,

Unfortunately, Yarmouth will be without central defender Alan Darby and midfielder and captain Adam Sullivan for the visit to Diss.

Dominic Smith is not expected to be back from injury for another couple of weeks and, in this week when nuclear physics is all the talk of the news, there is a doubt about Yarmouth's very own “particle accelerator” Scott Woodcock!

But the message issuing from the Bloaters' camp is “Don't Panic”. Cruickshank explained: “This season we have strength in depth which should see us through.

“Former youth players Daniel Goodrum and Darren Patterson have re-signed and I am speaking to a couple of other players. We are steadily improving the quality of the senior squad and are in a better position than last year.”

The reserves have also been given a rearranged game.

They will play Norwich United Reserves at the Wellesley tomorrow (3pm) following a good performance against unbeaten West Lynn last week.

The U18s have a second consecutive cup game next Thursday. They visit Fakenham Town in the Youth League Cup (7.45pm). Last night (Thursday) they were due at Wroxham in the FA Youth Cup.

For the FA Vase visit to St Neots next week, the club has put on a coach and any supporters who wish to travel with the team should note that departure from the Wellesley will be at 10.45am sharp. Enquiries to 01493 656099.