Yarmouth pass masters climb to seventh place

Swaffham Town 2 Yarmouth Town 5

Yarmouth climbed to 7th place in Thurlow Nunn Divison One after this well-deserved victory at Swaffham Town. The home side started at a gallop but the Bloaters eased into the game after 10 minutes and their superior passing started to pay dividends, writes LEN BERESFORD.

After 13 minutes Yarmouth were one up after Joel Watts finished a sleek passing move between Leighton Crux and Shaun Bartley. Neil McMorran doubled the lead just before the half- hour mark when he prodded home from a Mitch Forbes header from a free kick.

The passing moves continued when Mitch Forbes cleverly back-heeled into the path of Crux who beat his man and slipped a ball into the box for Watts to grab his second.With five minutes of the half remaining Watts turned provider to put Mitch Forbes through to make it 4-0.

The attacking midfield of Connor Deeks, Josh Thomas and Crux kept the game in yarmouth’s favour, indeed McMorran nearly grabbed the fifth just before the break but his shot crept just wide of the post.

The defence of Joe Bryanton, Jordan Forbes and Robin Andersen were rarely troubled in what was an outstanding 45 minutes of football.

The second half started how the first one finished when just one minute in, Deeks put Watts through and he duly converted to bag himself a hat-trick.

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At 5-0 down Swaffham made a few changes and looked a different side forcing keeper Johnny Jarvis into a couple of fine saves.

Headers from Buhleman and Miller gave Jarvis no chance but it was too little too late from the home side and the three points deservedly belonged to Great Yarmouth.

Confidence should be high for tomorrow’s home game against Braintree Town Reserves at the Wellesley (3). Ex-Bloaters from the 1970s are invited to be amtchday guests.Contact Len Beresford on 01493 859587 or sandysauce@hotmail.com

Yarmouth: Johnny Jarvis, Shaun Bartley, Robin Andersen, Joe Bryanton, Neil McMorran, Jordan Forbes, Joel Watts (Marian Jobbagy), Connor Deeks (Rorie Burnett), Mich Forbes, Josh Thomas (Danny Scriven), Leighton Crux.

Cambridge University Press 2 Yarmouth Town 0

The Bloaters had their seven-match unbeaten run ended by promotion- chasing Cambridge University Press at Histon’s Glassworld Stadium on Saturday.

The high-flying Cambridgeshire side, second in Thurlow Nunn Division One started well, with CUP forcing Johnny Jarvis into a good save to deny an on-rushing striker.

From the resulting corner the post was struck as Yarmouth dozed. CUP’s Lee Clift also caused problems shortly after, his good control on the right hand side settled on the roof of the net.

The deadlock was broken on 22 minutes Ross Paterson beat the offside trap after a nodded header and beat Jarvis in a one-on-one.

Yarmouth had few attacks in the opening 30 minutes, Mitch Forbes had a few half sights at goal but was marshalled well by the defence and skipper Joe Bryanton had a decent effort from distance after a decent Yarmouth move.

But Jarvis had to be at his best from another dangerous corner, saving superbly from a headed effort.

Within five minutes of the restart, that lead doubled. An unfortunate Robin Andersen slip led to a CUP corner and after a scramble the ball fell to a CUP forward that hit a shot which eventually bounced in after striking the post.

Yarmouth created a few more chances after that.

Thomas with a first-time shot from a good position which was ballooned over and then Deeks knock found Mitch Forbes whose effort was also off target.

Manager Mike Derbyshire, sensing a way back into the match, changed to a more attacking formation, defender Gardiner off with Danny Scriven brought on up top.

After that Yarmouth stepped it up a gear and looked much more dangerous, with better passing and a higher tempo.

Mitch Forbes challenged the goalkeeper and won the ball, the ball fell to Rorie Burnett but his on target shot was blocked by a defender in the right place at the right time from a CUP point of view.

The other under 18 midfielder, Deeks, then shot wide after Scriven worked hard to win back possession.

With McAra on for Thomas and Bartley on for Bryanton, Yarmouth really went for a goal, but at the expense of an open game.

Both teams had good attacks in a frantic end-to-end finish. In injury time it was CUP who nearly scored again, hitting the crossbar through Sean Hefferon but the score remained 2-0 to the home side.

Yarmouth: Jarvis, Burkle, Andersen, Bryanton (Bartley 82), J Forbes, Burnett, Deeks, Gardiner (Scriven 65), M Forbes, Thomas (McAra 73), Crux.

Booked: Gardiner.