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Wins warm football fans

PUBLISHED: 11:58 06 January 2011

Both Great Yarmouth Town and Gorleston warmed their supporters with their after-freeze form on Monday.

After 21 weeks of the season and at the 12th attempt the Bloaters finally won their first home Ridgeons Premier game of this season, 3-2 against Walsham-le-Willows.

And the Greens reached the semi-finals of the Ridgeons First Division KO Cup with a 1-0 win at Swaffham, leaving it late to score the winning goal through Peter Lambert.

Not that Yarmouth made it easy on their fans, having to come from behind twice and survive five frantic minutes of added time in their own half before victory was confirmed.

Admitting his team were a bit rusty from their enforced break, manager Paul Tong said: “For the neutral I’m sure the game was very exciting but from a manager’s point of view the defending of both sides left something to be desired.

“Let’s hope a few of the cobwebs have been brushed away now!

“Still, it was good to be back playing again — and to get off to a flying start to 2011 with our first home league win, a well-deserved victory, if a hard-earned one.

“And it was refreshing to see Woody (Scott Woodcock) find his form of old, along with notching his first league goal of the campaign.

“But it was a great show from everyone, with a full-hearted performance throughout the team.”

One problem that still remains for the club is attendances — this game drew a “gate” of 72, the second lowest in both divisions on the day with only five other games also failing to reach three figures.

Even bottom Premier club Felixstowe managed to attract 95 for the Bank Holiday fixture.

Yarmouth have two games this week, both re-arranged after the recent postponements. Tomorrow, they face Hadleigh United at the Wellesley ground (ko 3pm), and on Tuesday go to Leiston (ko 7.45pm), both Premier Division fixtures.

The Bloaters won 4-1 at Hadleigh early season but the Suffolk side currently lie in sixth place and have won four of their last five games, the lone defeat being to title-chasers Leiston who won a 6-3 goal-feast.

The Reserves visit Debenham LC Reserves (ko 3) tomorrow.

On Thursday, the U18s play Harford Tornadoes at Plantation Park (ko 7.45).

Two tough games for the Sunday sides this weekend.

The ladies are away to table-toppers Aylsham (Aylsham Rec, ko 2), while the men are away to Windmill who boast a 100 per cent record this season (Beaconsfield, ko 10.30).

n Gorleston are at home to Long Melford (3pm) in a fixture switched from Melford’s flooded ground.

Gorleston Reserves will now play on Tuesday.

The Greens are seventh in the table, six places and six points better off than Long Melford, who have played three games more.

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