Youth duo spark Bloaters

Great Yarmouth Town 4, March Town United 1Despite the shock news of Paul Tong's midweek departure (see back page p72) Yarmouth put together their best home game, not least in numerical terms, since the 5-1 mauling of Long Melford at the beginning of September.

Great Yarmouth Town 4, March Town United 1

Despite the shock news of Paul Tong's midweek departure (see back page p72) Yarmouth put together their best home game, not least in numerical terms, since the 5-1 mauling of Long Melford at the beginning of September.

Adam Sewell's second of the campaign opened the Bloaters' account, a Scott Woodcock brace took him into double figures for the season and Stewart Roach notched his 157th goal for Yarmouth with an impudent back-heel, writes Gerry Brown.

This was indeed a return to those halcyon days of early season when the Bloaters seemed to win at will. The return of youngster Jake Reed to the starting line-up may have had something to do with it as the youth team's leading scorer showed the pace and all-action ability that has often been missing from the first team's performances of late.

He had a hand in three of the goals and was desperately unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself. But even he may have been pipped to the post for man-of-the-match honours by fellow-youth player and midfielder Dominic Smith, who was at the heart of all that was positive about Yarmouth and who set up the other goal.

In defence, Adey Ager showed why he had been badly missed when injured: three of the last four defeats have all been suffered without the former Norwich United defender who has taken the captain's role in the last four games that were not defeats.

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Against March he was totally dominant and in company with Alan Darby formed a frustrating central barrier for the Hares. There was also a welcome return for Olly Savage at left-back - his solid defending and forays into attacking areas have both been missed.

Yarmouth were soon into their stride with a shot from Reed after only two minutes that was blocked in the six-yard box. Michael Hilton brought off a good save from Luke Pepper but Yarmouth swept back up the field to take the lead after 11 minutes.

Reed released Woodcock down the right and his pinpoint cross was expertly headed home by the onrushing Sewell.

Reed fired wide then his goal-bound effort was tipped over by keeper Chris Ankerl.

Pepper equalised after 22 minutes when the Bloaters defenders hesitated for a whistle that never came. This proved Yarmouth's one mistake in the game, and they regained the lead after half an hour when Woodcock, on the left, took a lovely pass from Smith, advanced and stroked the ball past Anker.

Smith then had a shot blocked on the line and Woodcock's free-kick flew over as Yarmouth finished the half on top.

The Bloaters added a third goal five minutes after the restart. Reed's ball into the box was back-heeled delightfully across a stranded Anker into the far corner by Roach.

March were still dangerous on the counter and brought a tumbling save out of Hilton on the hour. Roach forced a penalty which Woodcock converted. Roach immediately replaced by Mark Thompson.

Smith left the field to a generous round of applause to be replaced by Chris Squire but Reed continued to threaten, beating Anker but not Alex Spibey who got back to clear off his own line.

Toby Gorbould then went on for the magnificent Ager and immediately prevented a shot by Brand as March put on a late show. Hilton produced one of his saves from a Sam Murphy hotshot and Brand shot just wide.

Yarmouth - Michael Hilton, Johnathan Watt, Olly Savage, Gareth Palmer, Adey Ager (Toby Gorbould 79), Alan Darby, Dominic Smith (Chris Squire 77), Adam Sewell, Stewart Roach (Mark Thompson 64), Jake Reed, Scott Woodcock. Unused sub: Elliot Pride. Attendance - 53

The Bloaters' visitors tomorrow, Hadleigh, are second in the Division One table and are unbeaten in their last nine games of which they have won eight including a 2-1 victory over the Bloaters in January.

Their last defeat was by 4-1 at Gorleston in November, and leading scorer Chris Payne has an impressive 16 goals in 20 games. Accompanied children are again to be admitted free.

The Reserves, who lost 4-2 at Norwich United Reserves last Saturday, visit another Ridgeons side in Fakenham Town Reserves (ko 2.30).

The Youth Under 18s are scheduled to play North Walsham at the Wellesley on Wednesday (7.45). Last week's game at Kirkley became the Youth's eighth postponement.

Hardly had the ink dried on last week's revised fixture list before further changes were announced. The first team will now be going to Swaffham on Tuesday, April 7and not March 3; the Godmanchester away game has been arranged for Easter Monday at 3pm in order to avoid a long midweek evening trip to Cambridgeshire, with the Gorleston derby at Wellesley Road now going ahead on Tuesday, April 21; and the Saffron Walden away fixture now takes place on Wednesday, April 29.

The Youth team game away to Cromer has been brought forward to Thursday, March 5 with the Youth Cup quarter-final at either Norwich United or Wroxham now taking place on Thursday, March 26.