Boss blasts “embarrassing” Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Town crashed out of the FA Vase on Saturday when they were defeated 5-0 by Felixstowe & Walton United – a game that left manager Mike Derbyshire embarrassed by the performance.

Although only a goal down at the break, the Bloaters conceded four after half-time to end their participation in this season’s Vase.

“Regardless of players missing, regardless of changes we had to make, regardless even that we lost someone in the warm-up again, I’m embarrassed – the players should be embarrassed,” said Derbyshire. “They didn’t deserve to be wearing the Yarmouth shirts today.

“Now we know that we have an absolute mountain to climb. But the most important thing that we learn today is we never give a display like that again.

“I was embarrassed. And every player that pulled on a Yarmouth shirt today should be taking a long hard look at themselves. I know I will be taking a long hard look at myself over the weekend.”

Wednesday saw the Bloaters play another cup-tie, when they travelled to face Walsham-le-Willows in the League Challenge Cup.

It ended in another exit for Town – although the circumstances were contrasting, as the Bloaters took their hosts to extra-time with the score 2-2 after the 90 minutes. However, two goals in the added 30 saw Walsham through – despite an improved Town effort.

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The Bloaters face a return match at Brantham tomorrow, who will be out for revenge after suffering their first league defeat in a seven-goal thriller at the Wellesley only a fortnight ago. Then, on Tuesday, the Bloaters will be at home to league leaders Wroxham, who put six past them earlier in the season.

The Reserves are without a game tomorrow, but beat Woodbridge 5-4 last time out. Next is a Norfolk Junior Cup trip to Drayton in seven days’ time.