Buoyed-up Bloaters face tough games

Great Yarmouth Town by Gerry Brown

Great Yarmouth Town’s new-found resolve and goalscoring success will be tested to the full at third-placed Haverhill Rovers tomorrow (kick-off, 3pm) and again at home to Wisbech next week.

Haverhill have, despite their excellent away results, lost four times at their new ground, the New Croft, including defeat to Debenham, who Yarmouth beat 4-0 last week, though that came back in October when Debenham were still enjoying a good start to the season. The other home defeats for the Rovers have come from Stanway (August) and the Ridgeons Premier Division top pair of Dereham (October) and Leiston (November).

Paul Tong knows his boys are in for a hard afternoon, also bearing in mind that Haverhill came back from 2-0 down at the Wellesley to draw 2-2 in October.

“We’ve got a tough away game tomorrow at Haverhill who I thought were a quality side but we’re looking forward to going to their new facilities. Then it’s Wisbech at home, so a tough time lies ahead.”

However, the side will be buoyed by some stirring displays recently, and Bloaters’ supporters can be assured the team will give their all whatever the result.

Also encouraging is the latest list of Ridgeons top goalscorers in which Jake Reed with 13 league goals lies 5th and Gavin Norman with 11 goals is 7th. Reed has scored six in the last six games and Norman is also scoring regularly. Top scorer remains Danny Beaumont (of Dereham) with 22. In the Reserves list, Olly McCarthy and Glen Spooner both lie 7th with seven goals each; top man here is Lowestoft’s Joe Clark with 19.

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