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Pre-season travels for Bloaters

PUBLISHED: 17:20 30 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:33 03 July 2010

The Great Yarmouth Town squad at Ramsgate.

The Great Yarmouth Town squad at Ramsgate.

A QUICK-FIRE double visit to the north Norfolk coast faces Yarmouth this weekend as they continue their summer friendly programme.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Bloaters go to Sheringham for the annual Michael Wright Memorial Trophy ko 3pm.

A QUICK-FIRE double visit to the north Norfolk coast faces Yarmouth this weekend as they continue their summer friendly programme.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Bloaters go to Sheringham for the annual Michael Wright Memorial Trophy ko 3pm. Yarmouth will be looking to end a run of three defeats to the Shannocks in this fixture. Then on Monday evening Cromer Town provide the opposition at Cabbell Park, writes Gerry Brown.

Also tomorrow, new Reserves manager Mark Brooks takes a side to Caister for a friendly match, ko 3pm.

Following their visit last Saturday to Ramsgate, Great Yarmouth have sent a message of thanks to all concerned at the Kent club. Bloaters' secretary Colin Jones said: “We would like to formally thank Ramsgate FC for their hospitality and the total experience offered by the club on our pre-season trip. Players, management and committee members all were impressed with the club's welcome after the Bloater's 190-mile trip and everyone concerned fully enjoyed the experience.”

He added that the clubs hoped arrangements can be made to meet each other again in pre-season in coming summers and that the two clubs will enjoy a thriving relationship in the future.

The Yarmouth party stayed just outside Ramsgate and returned to Norfolk on Sunday.

In the Ridgeons League, home supporters will have to wait until September 1 before getting a look at their side in league action. However, in the FA Cup the Bloaters' first home game will take place on Saturday, August 15 when Raunds Town of the United Counties League are the visitors for an extra-preliminary round tie. The opening Division One fixture will be at Ipswich Wanderers on August 8.

The club website (www.greatyarmouthfc.co.uk) has a new feature which allows supporters to download and print copies of match posters for match advertising purposes.

Ramsgate 3, Great Yarmouth Town 2

Great Yarmouth twice led in this match against their Ryman League hosts. Bloaters' manager Paul Tong took this opportunity to give experience to some of the younger players at the club.

Ramsgate could not get to grips with Yarmouth's all-action passing style and fell behind when Stewart Roach chased a Jacob Maitland ball through the middle and bundling it past the oncoming keeper.

Keeper Craig Lambert, 17, ensured Yarmouth went into the break with their slender lead.

An error by Lambert on the resumption presented Ramsgate with an equaliser.

On 52 minutes, Tong gave a club debut to new youth team signing George Brooks and the lad responded with a tremendous shot. Yarmouth regained the lead in the 58th minute when substitute Kieran Bartley, on a run down the right, crossed for Mark Thompson to convert.

A defensive error gave Mickelborough his second of the match. The 64th minute brought the deciding goal as Mickelborough completed his hat-trick thanks to a third error.

Tehn Ramsgate tended to dominate proceedings.

Bloaters: Craig Lambert, Junior Bernardo, Adam Sewell, Jacob Maitland, Adey Ager, Marcus Saunders, Vida Formoso, Martyn Magee, Stewart Roach, Liam Bartley, Mark Thompson. Subs: Alexandre Formoso, Simeon Lee, George Brooks, Jack Deeley, Kieran Bartley.

On Wednesday, Yarmouth lost 2-0 at Kirkley & Pakefield.

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