Bloaters told to enjoy their adventure

GREAT Yarmouth Town's sixth successive away league match tomorrow takes them to Mildenhall Town (3pm) when the new pink away kit (sponsored by Holmes Builders) makes its debut!Tuesday brings the long-awaited first home match back in the Premier Division, when Norfolk rivals Dereham Town visit the Wellesley (7.

GREAT Yarmouth Town's sixth successive away league match tomorrow takes them to Mildenhall Town (3pm) when the new pink away kit (sponsored by Holmes Builders) makes its debut!

Tuesday brings the long-awaited first home match back in the Premier Division, when Norfolk rivals Dereham Town visit the Wellesley (7.45pm), writes Gerry Brown.

This is the first of a tough three-match home run, with CRC (Cambridge Regional College) next Saturday (September 4), followed

by Leiston the Tuesday after (September 7).

Admission is �5 adults, �3 concessions (over 60s and 12 to 16s) with accompanied U12s free (otherwise �3).

On Wednesday night, the Bloaters were agonisingly denied a victory at Walsham-le-Willows when keeper Michael Hilton could only push a last-minute deflection off defender Craig Roberts against a post and into the net for 2-2.

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Jake Reed had twice headed the Bloaters in front with Steven Holder heading Walsham's first equaliser midway through the second half.

Yarmouth's third win in four away games was achieved on Saturday, 4-1 at Hadleigh, in some style at a ground where they do not usually have much luck.

And they had to do it without four players: Kevin Howes, Ross Catchpole and Richard Durrant were at the V-Festival and Jonny King at a wedding. “The boys who came in did great,” commented boss Paul Tong.

“And Martyn Magee, who we recently appointed club coach in succession to Stewart Roach, finally made his first start of the season after injury.

“For the first 25 minutes Hadleigh battered us but we dug in and then the pace and skill of Reedy, Nando and Gav Norman helped Dom Smith to put us in front.

“At half-time we said just be patient and take the game to them. Early in the second half, from a Luke Fell corner, Dom headed back to Jake to bundle the ball in to put us two-up.

“Then Jake went close and drew a couple of brilliant saves from the keeper. Nando and Jake were absolutely tormenting them,” said Tong.

“Then they broke and scored with 10 minutes to go, a misjudgement which they scrambled in. But our boys showed their great character and Nando played Jake in again to make it 3-1.

“Then at the death, some wizardry from Nando, Reedy and Gav again allowed Felly to make it four.

“Credit to Hadleigh - their welcome and hospitality made it a pleasure to go there, nothing was too much trouble, even tea and toast before the game - some of the best hospitality we've ever had!” raved Tong.

Despite, or because of, Yarmouth's excellent start to the season, Tong is anxious to keep everyone's feet on the ground.

“There's a long way to go and it's going to be tough. We haven't done anything yet. We've just got to keep working hard and enjoy the journey, or adventure as I'm calling it

this year!

“I can't fault the commitment and desire of the lads, they've just got to keep it up.”

Yarmouth Reserves got their league programme under way last Saturday with a 3-1 win at Woodbridge Reserves, a somewhat remarkable result considering only two of the 13-man squad had ever played competitively for the club before.

Tomorrow the Reserves are at Leiston (3pm).

The U18 youth side take their seasonal bow when they visit Norwich United Youth next Thursday (7.45pm).

Hadleigh United 1, Great Yarmouth Town 4

Bloaters' shrewd manager, Paul Tong, had a worrying few days prior to this match, as the Chelmsford V-Festival had tempted a few players away, writes Arthur Fisk.

However, he has a bit of depth in the squad in every department. Hadleigh are a very good side, but the Bloaters, buzzing following the turnover of Wroxham, were better. It's early days yet, but on the Bloaters' early season form, they appear to be on course for a good season.

Tong drafted club coach Martyn McGee into the side, following a long lay-off through injury and the selection was well merited, as McGee had a good game, showing no obvious signs of his long lay-off.

Hadleigh chose to attack, using the strong following wind and certainly looked very dangerous early on in the game.

Yarmouth looked likely to go a goal down after six minutes when Deacon broke with a clear chance. However, Hilton came out to meet him and pulled off a brilliant save, sticking out a leg to deflect the ball wide.

The game settled down, with Yarmouth getting the measure of the strong wind. The impressive Fernando Vide was a joy to watch as he set up Dominic Smith on 15 minutes, but Benstead in the home goal saved.

As Hadleigh counter-attacked, Wright's stinging effort was well held by Hilton, who was in fine form.

The only ugly incident in an otherwise superb afternoon's football came on 20 minutes when the home keeper clearly fouled Jake Reed in one of those “was it in the box or out” situations.

Referee, Mr A Parker, showed the keeper a yellow card, which was fortunate for Hadleigh, as Benstead pulled off some spectacular saves later in the game. Following the incident, Vide drifted through the home defence and unleashed a powerful shot, which Benstead tipped over the crossbar.

Yarmouth deservedly took the lead in the 27th minute. Norman did well to hold up the ball before slotting a pass through to Reed, who laid off a short pass for the incoming Dominic Smith to fire home the opening goal.

Hadleigh again took the game to Yarmouth and Hilton had to pull off two good saves to deny Wright and Deacon. As half-time loomed, Hilton again drew applause when he denied Taylor.

The first half may have been even, but the second half clearly belonged to the Bloaters, as they played some excellent football.

Reed had a good effort saved on 50 minutes and one minute later a corner from Fell caused havoc in the Hadleigh defence and Jake Reed, always sniffing for the half-chance, scored from close range.

Hadleigh were still in it, however, and Wright whistled one just over the Yarmouth bar. Hadleigh went for bust, bringing on three subs in a short space of time, one of whom put over a high cross on 76 minutes which Hilton just failed to catch, and the ball fell kindly for Deacon, who fired home.

From then on it was all Yarmouth. Vide set up Jake Reed, who slid the ball home from close range as Hadleigh's defence fell apart. Luke Fell completed the scoring on 86 minutes, with Vide again supplying the pass.

Man of the match was a difficult decision, but Olly Savage shaded


Yarmouth Town: Hilton, Fell, Savage, Roberts, Palmer, McGee, Vide, Smith, Norman, Reed, Bell. Subs: Ferguson, J Formosso, N Fromosso.