Great Yarmouth Town 5 Walsham le Willows 2: Bloaters turn on the style on memorable afternoon
PUBLISHED: 08:37 08 March 2019
Great Yarmouth Town returned to form with a vengeance as they recorded an impressive five goal win against high-flying opposition.
The Bloaters were without talented loanee Drilon Krasniqi who was injured while skipper Adie Ager was serving the last game of his ban.
Ray Urry made a welcome return from suspension allowing Theo Sackey-Mensah to move further forward to partner Joel Glover.
After just five minutes a long throw by Josh Ford saw the ball arrive at the feet of Aaron Sanders and he calmly dribbled the ball past the young keeper to open the scoring.
Walsham-le-Willows demonstrated why they are fifth in the table with some good play and equalised an equaliser on the half hour mark as a poorly defended corner saw defender Saffrey bundle the ball home.
The visitors continued to press but were stopped in their tracks when Lee Roots’ header was cleared to Glover and his shot was deftly flicked over the goalkeeper by Sanders for his second of the game.
Earl in the second half loan goalkeeper Charlie Beckwith was called into action to save a Craig Nurse volley and again did well to save a near post corner as the visitors searched for an equaliser. Against the run of play Sanders found space to shoot and although Stobbard managed to get a hand to the shot he pushed the ball straight at Roots who powered the ball home to make it 3-1 in the 53rd minute.
With 17 minutes of the second half on the clock the home side failed to clear a corner and defender Hammond applied the final touch to put the visitors back in the game. Both sides then made changes but the home side made the more significant one with Sean Perfect replacing Sackey-Mensah. Seconds later a Swatman free-kick was headed goalwards by Glover and Perfect popped up to head over Stobbart withr his first touch and goal number four for the Bloaters.
For the Bloaters striker, who has missed most of the season through injury, it was a great moment, particularly as he had recently become dad.
The visitors responded and were unlucky when a fierce drive from the edge of the area smacked the post but the Bloaters held firm and with seven minutes left Glover won a header that set Perfect free and he fired past Stobbard to make it five.
While the scoreline somewhat flattered the home side this was a vital victory and once they got in front there was a determination amongst the players to claim a fine victory and an important three points in the relegation battle.
Team: Beckwith, Urry, Ford, Bartram, Forbes, Eagleton, Roots, Swatman, Glover, Sackey-Mensah, Sanders. Subs: Perfect, Smith, Charlton.