Great Yarmouth hit back at Thetford - but it’s all to no avail

Great Yarmouth joint managers, Adam Mason, front, and Martyn Sinclair, will need to lift their playe

Great Yarmouth joint managers, Adam Mason, front, and Martyn Sinclair, will need to lift their players for a big cup game after a disappointing midweek defeat. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Archant

Great Yarmouth recovered from 3-0 down to make a game of it at Mundford Road on Tuesday night - but still left empty handed.

The Bloaters started well and Perfect saw his shot flash wide before Savage and Palmer got forward to put in a couple of dangerous crosses that evaded everyone in the penalty area.

The home side didn’t offer much until the 15th minute when a speculative cross hit the post and Robbie Priddle was on hand to stab the ball home.

The visitors were undeterred and more good play involving Davis, Sanders and Forbes almost produced an equaliser but Sanders’ effort was ruled offside.

Just as the visitors were searching for an equaliser, Tanner Call fired in a dipping, swerving shot that deceived Glover and thumped into the back of the net to put the hosts two up.

Lee Roots replaced Perfect at half-time as the visitors came out looking for a way back into the game.

But the hosts added a third in the 52nd minute when Bailey got to the byline and pulled the ball back for Max Melanson to side foot into the net to give the hosts a flattering 3-0 lead.

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Four minutes later an Applegate free kick was headed onto the bar by skipper Andersen and Roots was on hand to tap the ball home from close range to give some hope for the visitors.

The home side could have increased their lead as Morton’s header flashed wide of the post. Davis and Forbes were then substituted for McAra and debutant Garrod.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, good play by Sanders found McAra unmarked but he was unable to turn the ball into the net.

However the striker was on hand two minutes later as a great run and cross by Olly Savage was volleyed in by the substitute.

There was a real desire from the visitors as they went searching for an equaliser but with three minutes remaining the impressive Call nipped in between Andersen and Glover and dealt the killer blow to make it 4-2.

It was a competitive and entertaining game between two evenly-matched sides but the Bloaters will be disappointed not to have created more chances.

Great Yarmouth Town: Glover, Palmer, Savage, Costandlach, Howell, Andersen, Perfect, Applegate, Forbes, Sanders, Davis. Subs: Roots, Bartram, Mutch, Garrod, Bone. Attendance: 93.