Town's first slip of season
Great Yarmouth Town 2AFTER leading 2-0 at half time on Tuesday, Yarmouth let their now-formidable standards drop as they conceded their first points and goals of the season.
Great Yarmouth Town 2
AFTER leading 2-0 at half time on Tuesday, Yarmouth let their now-formidable standards drop as they conceded their first points and goals of the season.
Thetford proved a tougher nut to crack than Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday, yet Yarmouth had enough chances to have killed the game off long before Thetford scored their equaliser four minutes from the end.
Yarmouth tried to dominate from the start and after taking a pass from Smith, Crawley saw a shot smothered by keeper Corston in the 10th minute. It was followed by a snap-shot from Lamb that went just wide and seconds later a 30-yard shot from Woodcock that left Corston standing but took a deflection for a corner.
Pride made his first save after 23 minutes but, as on Saturday, it was in the 28th minute that Yarmouth deservedly moved ahead with a Woodcock shot from 10 yards.
Eight minutes later, Woodcock doubled the advantage after taking a delightful pass from Roach in his stride.
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Near the interval, a Sewell long throw bemused the home keeper at the near post, the ball trickling through his legs - but a fellow-defender cleared for a corner.
Jones tried to get the home side going with some forcing forward play and Pride had to concede a corner, pushing an effort over his bar. Roach then spurned a chance, putting the ball straight at Corston when through on goal.
Lamb put the ball over the top after a Woodcock shot was blocked. Woodcock bent a 25-yard free-kick over the wall and it was a coat of paint from going in.
Thetford gained a penalty in the 73rd minute after Sullivan had unnecessarily brushed aside substitute Brewer, who beat Pride from the spot to be the first to score against Yarmouth this season.
Revitalised Thetford then went for it and a cross aimed at Brewer evaded everyone and flew agonisingly wide of the back post.
The miss of the match then came from Woodcock who was looking for his hat-trick. Substitute Bartley found Woodcock with ample time and room, but the winger fluffed his shot with only Corston to beat, the ball ballooning over the bar.
The miss proved costly as Thetford equalised in the 86th minute. A scramble in the Yarmouth box ended with Dave Richards scoring.
The final whistle brought relief to Yarmouth at preserving their unbeaten record but they could so easily have kept up the winning run.
Yarmouth: Elliot Pride, Adam Sewell, Olly Savage, Dominic Smith, Adey Ager, Alan Darby, Darren Lamb (Mark Thompson 89), Adam Sullivan (c), Stewart Roach (Liam Bartley 77), Nick Crawley, Scot Woodcock. Unused sub: Toby Gorbould. Attendance: 65.