Bloaters urged to show no mercy as rock bottom Cornard visit for Mark Vincent’s 750 milestone match

Yarmouth Town manager Mike Derbyshire insists there is no room for sentiment as rock-bottom Cornard visit the Wellesley tomorrow even though the Bloaters were in a similar “whipping boys” position themselves this time last season.

The Suffolk side find themselves propping up the Thurlow Nunn Division One, without a point from 12 games, having scored five and conceded 57 goals, and in turmoil on and off the pitch in a scenario which has grim echoes of Yarmouth’s not-too-distant past.

But times have moved on at the Wellesley, and a run of five wins and three draws in the last 10 games has created a buoyant mood which is set to be enhanced even further when the Bloaters honour their most dedicated servant ever as stalwart defender Mark Vincent makes his 750th first team appearance at the age of 49.

Cornard will not be allowed to be party-poopers. “One thing is for sure – we won’t be taking Cornard lightly. I feel for their manager Chris Symes, whole-heartedly, but we have a job to do,” said Bloaters boss Mike Derbyshire.

Of the decision to call Vincent into the ranks for his second first team run-out this term, he said: “I have no doubt that he won’t let us down. I find it remarkable that he has kept himself fit for as long as he has. He reads the game so well, which helps to make up for any lack of pace from time to time. I think what he has achieved is incredible, especially considering he is going to be 50 before too long.”

Ex-players, officials and others from the 1950s and 60s golden era, are being invited to be matchday guests in the first of a series of planned regular reunions. Anyone interested in attending can contact Len Beresford (01493 859587 or email sandysauce@hotmail.

Gorleston begin a run of three consecutive Saturday home games tomorrow hoping they can extend their unbeaten run to four games in all competitions. CRC are the visitors to Emerald Park. The Cambridge United Scholars are currently fourth from bottom with just two wins from their 14 league games.