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Extra-time agony for Great Yarmouth Town in FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 08:34 29 September 2017

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Great Yarmouth Town bowed of the FA Vase after conceding two extra-time goals in Tuesday night’s replay in Suffolk.

The Bloaters were forced into no less than six changes from the side that started the home tie against a good Debenham side.

The first half was an entertaining game with play flowing from end to end it but was all about two penalty deicisions, one given and one not.

From a corner to the Bloaters Ager was about to head goalwards when the ball was palmed away by his marker in an incident missed by the referee. Then a rather harsh penalty was given as a cross hit Ager on the arm as he went to challenge a cross into the box.

Fortunately for the Bloaters keeper Jack Whatmough read Severy’s intentions and dived to his left to make a fine save. The visitors did have the ball in the net but Holmes’ effort was ruled out for offside.

The start of the second half was similar to the first, with the Bloaters creating a couple of half chances and the home side playing in their own half. Midway through the second half the fog descended on Friends Meadow, making it difficult to see the far side.

With 15 minutes left the home side created a couple of good chances to win the game in normal time and the Bloaters were now on the back foot.

With nine minutes of extra-time on the clock a fine pass found Heath in behind the defence and he made no mistake as he fired in the opening goal for the home side.

More robust appeals for penalties as first Forbes and then McAra were sent tumbling in the area were waved away by the officials before a poor challenge on Stanford saw tempers fray as both sides became embroiled in a fracas. Then, with four minutes left, from a Bloaters’ corner, Yani Duka made a strong challenge to win the ball and ran half the length of the pitch and finished well to make the game secure for the Hornets.

Joint manager Martin Sinclair said: “We were always up against it without eight regular squad players. On another night we might have been awarded three penalties but it wasn’t to be. Best wishes to Debenham in the next round, it was their night tonight.”

Great Yarmouth Town: Whatmaugh, Palmer, Ford, Doddington, Ager, Howell, Sanders, Applegate, Forbes, Holmes, Perfect. Subs used: Mcara, J Forbes, Stanford.

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