Reality bites the Bloaters

The realities of the Ridgeons Premier Division are beginning to bite as Yarmouth conceded four goals at home for the second time in a week on Tuesday against Leiston.

The realities of the Ridgeons Premier Division are beginning to bite as Yarmouth conceded four goals at home for the second time in a week on Tuesday against Leiston.

The past three games, though, have seen Yarmouth take on the top three teams and while this period has mostly made for some uncomfortable watching for home supporters, the second half against CRC notwithstanding, it has shown the standard at the top is a far cry from lower down, writes Gerry Brown.

Like the professional Premiership, there seems to be an outstanding group at the top, a large middle ground and a small number of relegation candidates at the bottom. This season is all a learning curve for the boys and for me,” said Paul Tong, Yarmouth manager. “With the games coming thick and fast, Tuesday - Saturday - Tuesday - Saturday, there's no respite and I'll maybe have to look at giving one or two a rest to recharge the batteries. Like I said in the dressing room on Saturday I don't want games to be over at half time and they've got to realise that whereas in Division One last year we made mistakes and got away with them, now at this level mistakes get punished. But they're enjoying it and they're working hard, so that's good.

“Every game is going to be tough and the lads have to rise to the challenge. I want them to enjoy the experience in this division and express themselves, to gain confidence and just believe in themselves. Last year we only conceded 28 goals all season, 10 at home but it was no mean feat to draw with CRC and without the penalty it would have been a clean sheet. On Tuesday although we were in it for an hour, it was a case of men against boys really, and Leiston were deserving winners. But you just have to look at their budget to see why.”


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Yarmouth should have a slightly easier task tomorrow when they visit Newmarket Town (3pm). The Jockeys have won only one of seven games, and have been beaten at home 6-0 by Leiston and 4-0 by Hadleigh (where Yarmouth won 4-1), the sole victory being 1-0 at home to Mildenhall.

But the hard times may return next Tuesday when Kirkley and Pakefield are the Premier Division visitors (7.45pm).

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