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Bloaters recover from 2-0 down to avoid Norfolk Senior Cup upset

PUBLISHED: 08:18 20 October 2017

Great Yarmouth Town's  Aaron Sanders in action against Kirkley & Pakefield on Tuesday. Picture: Steve Wood

Great Yarmouth Town's Aaron Sanders in action against Kirkley & Pakefield on Tuesday. Picture: Steve Wood

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Great Yarmouth Town hit back from two down at the Wellesley to avoid an upset in the Norfolk Senior Cup and book their place in the last 16.

After the Tuesday night debacle at Fakenham the hosts had to manage without the sevices of Sam Applegate, whose suspension was carried over to this fixture.

Kyle Howell and Lee Roots returned and there was a place on the bench for new signing Ben Lewis from Norwich United.

The visitors from Division One of Anglian Combination League were put under pressire early on with Roots blasting the ball over and Sean Perfect being unfortunate when his 20 yard shot came back off the post.

But Aylsham also had their chances and on the stroke of half-time a long ball caught Kyle Howell and Jack Whatmough in two minds and allowed Matt Billing to get a toe to the ball and prod in the opening goal.

The lacklustre Bloaters fell further behind two minutes into the second half as Whatmough first pulled off a double save and with the defence failing to clear Billing fired home.

Two minutes later the Bloaters pulled a goal back when Haydn Davis sprinted clear and found Perfect whose shot was blocked and Mitch Forbes followed up to score.

A minute later they equalised as Davis and Perfect combined again to create a chance that was turned into his own net by an Aylsham defender.

Youngster Josh Ford and new signing Lewis came on to replace Jordan Forbes and Ollie Savage as the Bloaters freshened up but normal time finished with the scores still even, so 30 minutes of extra-time was required.

The first period belonged to the Bloaters as they created three good chances for Sanders, but unusually for the prolific striker he was unable to find the target.

The game was eventually won when Roots powered into the penalty area and fired in a cross that was turned into the net by substitute Charlie McAra.

The second period of extra-time belonged to the visitors as they threw caution to the wind. The best chance fell to striker James Oliver who burst thorugh but Whatmough rushed out to save his side.

Great Yarmouth Town: Whatmough, Howell, Savage, Bartram, Ager, J Forbes, Roots, Davis, M Forbes, Sanders, Perfect. Subs: Lewis, Ford, McAra, Palmer, Bond. Attendance: 54.

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