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Davis on target as Bloaters come away with a point

PUBLISHED: 09:25 07 April 2017

Great Yarmouth Town's Haydn Davis was on target at Walsham le Willows.  Picture: KEVIN FORBES

Great Yarmouth Town's Haydn Davis was on target at Walsham le Willows. Picture: KEVIN FORBES

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After a difficult week for everyone connected with Great Yarmouth Town, following the sudden death of treasurer Brian Smith, the Bloaters travelled to Suffolk to face an in-form Walsham-le-Willows.

Great Yarmouth Town's Haydn Davis is all smiles after hitting the target. Picture: KEVIN FORBES.Great Yarmouth Town's Haydn Davis is all smiles after hitting the target. Picture: KEVIN FORBES.

The hosts graciously arranged a minute’s silence before the game for three local footballing stalwarts that had passed away during the week, including Brian, while the Bloaters wore black armbands as a mark of respect.

The match was never going to be a classic on a dry bumpy surface, with neither side able to retain the ball for long enough to mount sustained attacks on goal.

After an end-to-end start to the game the Bloaters gained a foothold and began to exert pressure on the home goal.

In the 33rd minute a cross from Mitch Forbes found Sean Perfect unmarked and although his shot was blocked the ball fell to Hadyn Davis who calmly sidefooted the ball home to give the Bloaters a deserved lead.

Just before half-time there was a chance for each side as first Clarke blasted over the bar after good work by Gibbs and then Davis fired over after good play by Andersen and Perfect. Forbes then hobbled off with a recurrence of the ankle injury sustained earlier in the year which will probably end his season and he was replaced by Nydazyo on the stroke of half-time.

After the break the game was evenly balanced, with the Bloaters having their chances, but the home side got back on level lerms on 68 minutes when a well-flighted cross found the reliable forehead of Andrew Wood and the prolific striker headed past Putnins.

After the disappointment of conceding the visitors were, not for the first time, denied a penalty claim as Perfect was sent tumbling. Tensions starting to rise as the Bloaters felt that many key decisions were going against them, with two players from each side getting their names taken.

Great Yarmouth: Putnins, Howell, Andersen, Bartram, Ager, Doddington, Perfect, Applegate, Forbes, Holmes, Davis. Subs: Savage, Nydazyo, McAra, Hunter, Catchpole.

Travis Manning’s reserve side took another leap towards promotion, defeating rivals Attleborough Reserves 3-1 at the Wellesley. Goals from David Di Grandao, Jamie George and Karl Barnard sealed a another three points in a scrappy game on a difficult surface.

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