Lone goal knocks Yarmouth out of cup

Wroxham 1, Great Yarmouth Town 0THOSE who feared Yarmouth had lost their chance of going through to the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-finals last week were proved correct as Wroxham completed their comeback in Tuesday's replay at Trafford Park with this narrowest of wins.

Wroxham 1, Great Yarmouth Town 0

THOSE who feared Yarmouth had lost their chance of going through to the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-finals last week were proved correct as Wroxham completed their comeback in Tuesday's replay at Trafford Park with this narrowest of wins.

The winning goal did not come until three-quarters of the game had elapsed. Martin McNeil, the Yachtsmen's captain, went up to show his forwards how to do it in the 73rd minute, striking home a fierce shot from just outside the box. The relief on the home side's faces was evident as McNeil wheeled away to celebrate with the Wroxham bench, as Yarmouth had given them a run for their money.

On a perfect night for football, in contrast to the horrendous wind of last week, Yarmouth started with the same line-up and with a little more steadiness in front of goal might well have taken an early lead, but chances for Stewart Roach and Gavin Norman went astray.

The Bloaters continued with some good build-up play in the first half with Fernando Vide prominent on the right wing but lacked the killer touch, while Wroxham were guilty of some wild shooting and Michael Hilton was not seriously troubled with Craig Roberts and Marcus Saunders in great form at the back.

Yarmouth began the second half in similar fashion and Vide sent a good cross into the home box which caused problems before being cleared, but Gareth Simpson just shaved a post as Wroxham fought back at the other end. Another Vide cross saw Scott Woodcock shoot wide before Hilton made a magnificent catch off a Steve Spriggs cross.

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Wroxham were gaining control as Yarmouth began to run out of attacking ideas despite their whole-hearted commitment, though Scott Howie was forced into a diving save by Norman.

Hilton had just diverted another Spriggs cross when, after the corner, McNeil found the winning shot. There were further chances for the Yachtsmen as they forced Yarmouth back but any more goals would have flattered the Yachtsmen.

Manager Paul Tong was proud of his team afterwards: “First half we were the better side again, and made two or three good chances but we were up against a quality keeper. Once they scored they showed their class, but our lads can hold their heads high. Wroxham knew they'd been in a game!

“I have to pay tribute to Stewart Roach who played despite having needed a scan on his knee - what a good clubman! The lads must not be disappointed, though I know one or two were. But that's the high standards they have set themselves and that can only bode well for the future as we now refocus on the league campaign.”

Yarmouth: M Hilton, A Sewell, O Savage, C Roberts, M Saunders (B Junior 75), M Magee, F Vide, D Smith, S Roach (M Thompson 75), G Norman, S Woodcock (L Bartley 65). Unused subs: J Reed, J Bell. Att: 118.

Great Yarmouth Town Youth 2, Norwich United Youth 1

The Bloater's were up against table toppers and previously unbeaten Norwich United at the Wellesley. With a strong wind at their backs the Bloaters were in the ascendancy for the first half and although they went in at the break a goal to the good, they were disappointed it wasn't more.

Chances came and went until Lee Roscoe scored a terrific volley from 30 yards after half an hour. The ball hung in the wind from Norwich United keeper Kai Hewitt's kick and Roscoe took it on his chest and unleashed a ferocious strike back over the keeper.

Joaquim Sisse hit the bar, George Brooks had a couple of long-range efforts and Roscoe fired over from six yards.

In the second half it was Norwich United that had the benefit of the wind but it was Yarmouth who scored next through ex-Planter Adam Blanch within minutes of the restart. Blanch ran onto a great Brooks ball before firing past the keeper.

Norwich United got back into the game through a disputed penalty. Declan Harvey was adjudged to have handled a Norwich United free-kick. Jordan Rocastle had his penalty brilliantly saved by Jake Sharpe, but when Rocastle reacted first to the rebound he blasted the ball past the desperately unlucky Sharpe. But for some good keeping and some goal line clearances Yarmouth could have won more convincingly.

Team: J Sharpe, D Harvey, S Lee, E Short, H Silva, R Catchpole, G Brooks, J Maitland, A Blanch, J Sisse, L Roscoe. Subs: B Atkins, J Deeley, J Trett, L Baker n/u, D Burgess n/u.

Great Yarmouth Town Reserves 5, Debenham LC Reserves 3 (aet, score at 90 mins 2-2)

THE Bloaters won a goal-packed Chell Trophy tie, ending their four-match losing streak.

Debenham were under early pressure as Yarmouth spurned four good openings, but the visitors shocked their hosts by taking the lead in a breakaway move. Yarmouth equalised through George Brookes before the break.

Lewis Greening then gave Yarmouth the lead, volleying in a Joe Bell cross but back came Debenham to make it 2-2 before the end of the 90 minutes.

Mark Thompson restored Yarmouth's lead before the never-say-die visitors equalised again.

The final part of the game then saw Yarmouth score twice, through Ross Catchpole and Thompson again, to give them a home quarter-final tie against either Lowestoft or Braintree on a date yet to be decided.

Team: J Sharpe, E Short, J Bell, J Maitland, D Barnes, G Brooks, L Greening, M Thompson (c), L Bartley, J Deeley, M Goulder. Subs: H Silva, R Catchpole, C McAra, D Burgess n/u.