Crucial times for promotion-seeking Great Yarmouth Town

Great Yarmouth Town manager Ricci Butler.

Great Yarmouth Town manager Ricci Butler. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The big games just keep on coming for promotion-chasing Great Yarmouth Town.

The Bloaters have had a successful start to the year being undefeated in the eight games played since January 3. Six games have ended in victory, including a cup semi-final.

But those wins need to keep coming if Ricci Butler’s boys are to get out of the Thurlow Nunn First Division.

Tomorrow Yarmouth, fourth, travel to the side directly below them in the shape of King’s Lynn Town Reserves. On Tuesday a long trek to mid-table March Town United awaits before league leaders Saffron Walden Town visit The Wellesley for a massive game in the race to finish in the three promotion places.

The Bloaters have fallen to eight points off the pace but they do have a game in hand on Swaffham Town, the side directly above them.

Yarmouth head into the weekend having extended their unbeaten start to 2015 by taking a point in a huge clash against second-placed Long Melford.

In a wind-hampered match the below-par Bloaters did well to draw 1-1 against an attack minded and hard working Melford side.

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The visitors had the better of the first half with Yarmouth not taking advantage of having the wind behind them.

A long range Connor Deeks shot, which went over the bar, and an Ady Ager header, which was tipped over by the keeper, was the best the hosts could muster in the first 45 minutes.

Melford opened the scoring in the 55th minute when after a headed back free-kick, Nathan Rowe dived in to head home.

The goal seemed to wake Yarmouth and on the hour Leighton Crux took advantage of a misplaced clearance and ran through to slot the ball under the advancing goalkeeper.

Both Deeks and Clifford Floors man of the match Crux spurned further chances before their impressive keeper Taurean Molloy – who coped with nearly everything thrown at him – made another save right at the death to ensure a share of the spoils.

Before the game, centre-back Ager was presented with a bottle of bubbly to celebrate making his 100th Bloaters’ appearance. Ager was the seventh member of this squad that has reached the century appearance milestone this season.

The defender made his debut on Saturday August 9, 2008 in a 4-0 win at Cornard United and scored his first goal the following Saturday in an FA Cup tie at Hadleigh United where The Bloaters won 1-0.

This is Ager’s third spell at the club – he rejoined after leaving Premier Division Diss Town – and was at Yarmouth when they were last promoted to the Eastern Counties’ top-flight in 2009-10.