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Striker shock for Bloaters

PUBLISHED: 09:03 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:41 03 July 2010

Great Yarmouth Town were rocked this week by the news that prolific striker Nick Crawley will be generally unavailable after this weekend with a new work opportunity opening up for him in Jersey.

Great Yarmouth Town were rocked this week by the news that prolific striker Nick Crawley will be generally unavailable after this weekend with a new work opportunity opening up for him in Jersey.

Joint manager Paul Tong said the “gentleman striker” will be sorely missed as he, as a partner for Stewart Roach, had revitalised the team's scoring ability with 17 goals in his 24 appearances since joining the Bloaters last November, writes Gerry Brown.

Crawley has just signed a new contract for the season, and with the player's agreement his registration will be retained as there is the possibility he may be occasionally available.

As to who will replace Crawley, Tong said: “We have a squad and a replacement will be found.”

Meanwhile, two other players have also signed contract terms in the past few days - goalkeeper Elliot Pride and defender Gareth Palmer. Joint manager Kevin Cruickshank said there would be more to come as the details were worked out.

Tomorrow comes the biggest test of the new Yarmouth team so far as they take on the mighty Wroxham in the preliminary round of the FA Cup with not only a place in the first qualifying round at stake, but also a £1500 prize to go with the £750 from the previous round.

This is a very difficult task against a team that Yarmouth have beaten only six times since the Yachtsmen joined the Ridgeons League Premier Division in 1990.

The last occasion was November 23, 2002, a 1-0 Norfolk Senior Cup win.

The last home game against the Yachtsmen before Yarmouth were relegated resulted in a 3-3 draw with Wroxham scoring twice in the last 10 minutes to make their point.

The attendance that day was 135, and the club will be hoping to better that, maybe even getting up to the 300 that watched Wroxham's first league visit in 1990. The game kicks off at the Wellesley at 3pm.

The reserves lost their second league game of the season 3-1 at Oulton Broad and Notleys on Tuesday. They have no game this week.

The U18 side opens its home season on Wednesday with a game against Norwich United Youth, at the Wellesley (7.45pm).

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