Great Yarmouth Town step up promotion bid

Great Yarmouth Town manager Ricci Butler.

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

Great Yarmouth Town pulled off a massive bank holiday win in their bid for promotion from the Thurlow Nunn First Division.

Ricci Butler’s Bloaters were 1-0 winners at previous leaders Swaffham Town – ending a remarkable sequence that they had started. The Pedlars had won each of their 10 previous games – the last team to take a point off of them was Great Yarmouth. And the last team to stop them scoring? Great Yarmouth.

The Bloaters ruined Swaffham’s game plan and it was that man, Mitch Forbes, starting his first game after a while on the sidelines through injury, who delivered the killer blow after 35 minutes. Kyle Ingram was upended in the box and Forbes calmly slotted the penalty home.

Swaffham twice hit the woodwork in the second half, but the rearguard of Harley Clements, Robin Andersen, Jordi Forbes and Ady Ager stood firm and defended as a unit. The travelling Bloaters fans stayed behind for the players’ warm down to applaud them off the pitch.

After Saturday’s 4-1 home win over Stowmarket Town, it meant maximum points over the Easter period as the Bloaters jumped a place to third in the table.

With four games left – three at home – things are looking bright for the Bloaters, who face Team Bury at the Wellesley tomorrow – with accompanied under-16s admitted free.

It wasn’t a happy Easter for Gorleston fans with their side suffering two defeats. The Greens will hope to end their losing streak in the Premier Division when they visit Whitton Utd tomorrow.

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Whitton are two places and seven points above the Greens and have played one game less.

Other results over the Easter period mean both Diss Town and Ely City are relegated. The likelihood is that three teams will go down and Gorleston sit nine points above that final spot so, mathematically, they still need four points from their final four games to make sure they avoid the drop – that’s assuming Wivenhoe win their remaining games.