Six of best move Bloaters up league
GREAT Yarmouth Town moved up to fourth in Ridgeons Division One after their goal feast on Tuesday.It was the first time they had reached six in a game since January 2007 when they put seven past Long Melford, writes Gerry Brown.
GREAT Yarmouth Town moved up to fourth in Ridgeons Division One after their goal feast on Tuesday.
It was the first time they had reached six in a game since January 2007 when they put seven past Long Melford, writes Gerry Brown.
The benefits of having a larger squad this season have been amply demonstrated with five senior players all on the side-lines this week. The main worry is captain Adey Ager who looks to be out for some time after a tackle in the FA Vase game on Saturday (see page 2.)
Tomorrow, Ipswich Wanderers provide the opposition at the Wellesley (3). Godmanchester Rovers were scheduled to pay a visit but they are still involved in the FA Cup so the match has been rearranged. The Bloaters won 3-1 in Ipswich on the opening day of the season. The game tomorrow is only Yarmouth's sixth league fixture but already they will have played two teams twice.
The Reserves' fixture last Saturday at home to Leiston was postponed after Leiston informed the league that they could not raise a team.
Tomorrow they are due to visit Woodbridge Town Reserves (3), the second week running the Bloaters have sent a team to Nottcutts Park.
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The U18s got over their defeat at Dereham last week with a 5-2 win at Hadleigh in the FA Youth Cup (see page 2). Scorers were Jack Deeley (2), Lee Roscoe (2) and Ross Catchpole. Their next match is next Thursday, a Ridgeons Youth Cup tie at Wroxham (7.45pm). Their first home game of the season is not until Wednesday, September 30, with Wroxham again the opposition.
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Great Yarmouth Town 6, Team Bury 2
THE Bloaters' strikers came good in this first ever meeting with the young Bury Town academy side.
Team Bury were vulnerable to the long ball down the flanks and lacked the necessary nous to combat Yarmouth's experience at this level.
Stewart Roach notched his first hat-trick of the season, Liam Bartley bagged a brace and was unlucky not to also claim a threesome and defender/midfielder Craig Roberts weighed in with his second of the season.
Manager Paul Tong was not without his problems pre-match, with five first-choice players all unavailable: Adey Ager, Marcus Saunders and Alan Darby were all missing from the defence, Dominic Smith from the midfield and Jake Reed from the strike force.
The news of Ager's injury, sustained at Woodbridge, was that he will be out for several weeks with ligament damage. Saunders will also be absent for two to three weeks but Darby will be fit again shortly. Smith and Reed are expected back again this weekend.
Yarmouth turned in their best performance and result for nearly two and a half years.
Liam Bartley scored after just four minutes when he turned in an Olly Savage cross with a sweetly-struck effort.
Roach and Martyn Magee were wide of the target but Roach doubled the advantage in the 29th minute with a superbly executed left-footed volley from 10 yards off another Savage cross.
The re-jigged defence, in which Toby Gorbould had a sound game, remained in control. Bartley gave the Bloaters a comfortable 3-0 cushion at half-time when he knocked home a near-post cross from Scott Woodcock in the 43rd minute.
Two goals in the first three minutes of the second half followed, identical headers from corners, and both were scored by Roach.
Magee sent a terrific 30-yard effort over the bar, then Woodcock ran though the middle but hit a post.
Bury pulled one back when substitute Matt Chaplin lobbed Hilton in a rare breakaway on the hour but, after a triple Yarmouth substitution amongst which Martin Goulder made his competitive debut, Roberts made it a half-dozen in a scramble in the visitors' goalmouth in the 70th minute.
Looking for his hat-trick, Bartley headed over and then had a tangle with keeper Fred Howe which saw the Bury man eventually claim the ball. Both teams kept the entertainment going until the very end. In added time Sewell brought a great save out of Howe and Luke Ingram scored Bury's second.
Yarmouth: M Hilton, B Junior, O Savage, C Roberts, T Gorbould, G Palmer, L Bartley, M Magee (M Goulder (68), S Roach (F Vide 68), S Woodcock (V Formoso 68), A Sewell. Unused. Subs: M Thompson. Attendance: 71.