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Victory is Bloaters' goal

PUBLISHED: 08:05 15 February 2008 | UPDATED: 10:27 03 July 2010

Debenham LC 3, Great Yarmouth Town 2

THE Bloaters will be looking to get back to winning ways tomorrow when they entertain a March Town outfit two places and five points worse off in Ridgeons Divison One (ko 3pm.

Debenham LC 3, Great Yarmouth Town 2

THE Bloaters will be looking to get back to winning ways tomorrow when they entertain a March Town outfit two places and five points worse off in Ridgeons Divison One (ko 3pm.)

At the weekend they were unlucky to lose after dominating the game

and creating a host of chances, writes Tom Campbell.

Manager Kevin Cruickshank and his assistant, on the evidence of the last two away games, can count themselves very unfortunate.

It can't be long before they get the rub of the green. The signs are there and the fitness levels are now also beginning to show.

The Yarmy Barmy Army were again brilliant at Debenham and a credit to the club.

Yarmouth took only two minutes to produce their first chance. After some fine work down the left by Mark Thompson, the cross fell inches short of Nick Crawley's head.

On seven minutes the Bloaters took the lead. From the left, Paul Dyer produced a pin-point cross which was met by a firm header by Stuart Roach.

Yarmouth were doing all the attacking and after 15 minutes good work by Taylor and Crane set up a chance for Crawley and although it seemed that Crawley had won the ball with the keeper seemingly not having a firm grip, the referee ruled out the goal and awarded a free-kick to Debenham.

Then came one of the best moves of the game when Mark Thompson beat at least six players before shooting just wide.

It took Debenham all of 25 minutes to produce their first chance of note when Stuart Jopling put his shot wide. On 28 minutes Debenham scored against the run of play when a rare attack produced a low, rasping shot from Jamie Abbott which eluded everybody in the goalmouth and crept inside the far post.

This was rough justice on a Yarmouth side who had worked their socks off. They stuck to their task

but Debenham were suddenly asking all the questions and for the first time in the game Yarmouth were on the back foot.

After soaking up several minutes of constant pressure, Yarmouth broke free with Taylor and Dyer again producing some excellent work down the left. Dyer again fed Roach, but his firm header was this time straight at the keeper.

On 40 minutes, after some good work by Debenham, the referee awarded a penalty out of the blue, apparently for holding.

Gedney converted to make it 2-1 to Debenham. Yarmouth then took the game to their hosts, and with half-time fast approaching produced another two good chances.

More great work down the left resulted in another cross by Dyer only for Roach to head straight at the keeper. Then, with virtually the last chance of the half, Taylor's shot found the keeper to be in the right place yet again.

Straight from the re-start Crane had a shot well saved by the Debenham keeper. Manager Cruickshank

made his first substitution when Jody Harrison replaced the injured Tommy Gardiner.

Another 10 minutes of both sides cancelling each other out and the game was a bit stale.

Then Yarmouth produced the best chance of a quiet second half when a good run down the right by Crawley ended with Yarmouth being awarded a corner which produced a half-chance for Taylor, but again the shot was straight at the Debenham keeper.

With 70 minutes on the clock, Yarmouth make a double substitution, Richard Brett for Mark Thompson and Ben le Compte for Toby Gourbould.

On 77 minutes Debenham awarded their second penalty when a player was deemed to have been tackled unfairly in the box, and Gedney scored again.

Within two minutes Yarmouth were back in the game after good work down the left between Watt and Crawley whose cross was met firmly by Roach who made no mistake, leaving the keeper helpless with a firm header for his second goal of

the game.

Yarmouth were now pushing forward but had to be careful as Debenham looked very sharp on the break.

On 80 minutes they produced an excellent move resulting in Pride, in the Yarmouth goal, pulling off a brilliant save.

With the game into its last five minutes there was still time for both sides to create several chances.

The first chance fell to Yarmouth when Crawley had a good header finger-tipped round the post, then Debenham's No 11 forced another great chance, which again Pride saved well.

With time virtually up, Taylor for Yarmouth had a shot which struck the hand of a Debenham defender, but the referee waved play on. That just about summed up the day for

the Bloaters.

Team: Elliot Pride, Johnny Watt (c), Paul Dyer, Steve Taylor, Toby Gourbould, Tommy Gardiner, Danny Crane, Adam Sullivan, Stuart Roach, Nick Crawley, Mark Thompson. Subs: Jody Harrison, Ben Le Compte, Richard Brett.

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