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Town sink Yachtsmen on their own pond

PUBLISHED: 15:44 19 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:57 16 September 2010

After the relative ease with which Great Yarmouth Town Yarmouth won their first match back in the top tier of the Ridgeons League, it was a case of “Welcome to the Premier Division” as the Bloaters met more serious challenges, suffering defeats to Kirkley on Wednesday last week despite playing the better football, and Norwich United on Saturday in the FA Cup when they found the experience of the United side just too great.

After the relative ease with which Great Yarmouth Town Yarmouth won their first match back in the top tier of the Ridgeons League, it was a case of “Welcome to the Premier Division” as the Bloaters met more serious challenges, suffering defeats to Kirkley on Wednesday last week despite playing the better football, and Norwich United on Saturday in the FA Cup when they found the experience of the United side just too great.

Yarmouth then, however, put these experiences behind them, learnt from them and beat Wroxham 3-2 on Tuesday, writes Gerry Brown.

The match programme made the fatal mistake of talking it up when it said: “They [Yarmouth] will be looking to overturn a run that has not seen them beat the Yachtsmen in a competitive match since 2002”.

Kevin Howes made a dramatic return to Yarmouth with their first goal after his initial penalty was saved by Scott Howie and he proved an inspirational leader from the front. He is not available tomorrow, however.

Although they have a decent record in the FA Cup in the distant past, the Bloaters have under-achieved since reaching the fourth qualifying round under Bill Punton in 1988.

Tomorrow's Premier Division game sees the Bloaters visit Hadleigh United, kick-off 3pm; on Wednesday Yarmouth face their fifth consecutive away league game when they visit Walsham-Le-Willows, kick-off 7.45pm.

The Reserves kick off their season with a visit to Woodbridge Reserves 3pm.

The club have announced a new partnership with E.on Ruhrgas UK that sees the company support the Bloaters' Youth Academy.

The North Sea gas exploration and production company were welcomed by Academy director Wayne Hunter: “This is fantastic news for the club. It really does enhance the profile and show the community that Great Yarmouth Town means business for youth as well as adult football.”

The current set-up has three very successful sides: U11s managed by Wayne Hunter, U14s (Graham Eagle) and U16s (Ricky Lutchmaya).

All three sides can now match the first team in new pink away kits to tie in with the Bloaters' support for breast cancer research this season.

Hunter continued: “I would like to think that by this time next year the Academy would have doubled in size.”


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