Club legend Brian Smith remembered as Bloaters turn on the style
PUBLISHED: 15:23 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:23 05 April 2017
A brace apiece for Sean Perfect and Jamie George secured an emphatic victory for the Bloaters at The Wellesley on Tuesday evening.
An impeccable minute’s silence was observed before the game to remember stalwart Brian Smith, a man who had dedicated his life to the club.
Town lined up in a 4-4-2 formation with Howell, Ager, Andersen and Savage lining up in front of keeper Putnins and then a midfield of Swatman, Bartram, Applegate and Davis behind a striking duo of Perfect and Holmes.
Hadyn Davis’ trickery was the key to unlocking Wivenhoe for the opening goal. Having beaten two defenders he whipped in a low cross to Chris Holmes who teed up Perfect who arrived right on time to curl a low shot into the bottom corner.
Having taken the lead on 15 minutes the Bloaters really settled into their stride and created numerous chances before the break, with the best falling to Davis who latched on to a deep cross, only to see his half volley well saved.
On 57 minutes striker George was introduced to replace Holmes in a straight swap and within five minutes he had found himself on the scoresheet.
Perfect found space on the edge of the penalty area and turned and hit a dipping volley which the keeper parried right into George’s path for the striker to double the home side’s lead.
At 2-0 Yarmouth then had some gilt-edged chances which went by the wayside, one in particular after good work from Davis and Swatman found George, only for his clipped volley from two yards out to somehow missed the target.
Wivenhoe also had their moments but any fears of a nervous finish disappeared on the 75 minute mark when George pounced on a defensive error, spotted the keeper off his line and lobbed in a superb effort from 30 yards to the delight of the Wellesley faithful.
Perfect then went one better with a goal of the season contender. Perfect cut in from his left flank and curled a trademark shot into the top corner from 25 yards, beating the Wivenhoe keeper all ends up for the fourth of the night.
Having scored a brace, provided an assist and having been a handful all night Perfect received the man-of-the-match award from match sponsors and new club partners Caesars Bar.