Bloaters 3 Thetford 1
Bloaters Bloom In The Vase
After two disappointing performances in the League the Bloaters management duo of Sinclair & Mason challenged their troops to produce a much more committed display against Thetford Town in the FA Vase. Former Thetford ‘keeper Barnes returned in goal after missing the last two fixtures through injury and SEAN PERFECT
returned to the starting eleven after missing five games with a groin injury. Lewis dropped back to centre back to shore up the defence and Eagleton returned to the centre of midfield with Lee Roots
operating in a more advanced position on the right.
The visitors who had already convincingly beaten the Bloaters earlier in the League were also boosted by the return of the dynamic Valter Rocha after a short spell at Kings Lynn. Both sides came into the game after a run of poor results with Thetford leaking five at Kirkley and the Bloaters conceding three at home to Ely City.
Yarmouth kicked off playing towards the tennis court end and set the tone early, when a long ball by Urry saw Roots home in on goal, only to be halted with a smart challenge that produced a corner in the first minute. Davis rolled the ball to Sanders who returned the pass and Davis swung in a deep cross that found the head of SEAN PERFECT
, but his powerful header hit the bar with Viner in the visitor’s goal, well beaten. The home side continued to press as Sanders found Roots with a fine pass, but his cross was cleared away as the Bloaters started the game in the ascendency. The home side were never going to have it all their way for long as Valter Rocha showed his class by beating a couple of defenders and crossing dangerously into the home defence, but Lewis was on hand to clear the danger. Ray Urry
then made a timely challenge to deny the visitors as the play now swung from end to end. KIERAN HAGAN
then drifted past a couple of defenders before firing a shot narrowly wide and then some excellent work by the rejuvenated Perfect set up Hagan for another great chance, but the youngster fired his shot over the bar. On thirty minutes that man Valter Rocha received the ball on the right and jinked his way past two defenders to fire an unstoppable shot past Barnes to score a fine goal for the visitors. The goal sparked the visitors into life and Castro tried his luck from twenty five yards before Rocha again tested Barnes with long range shot which the home keeper punched clear. Thetford now looked the stronger of the two sides but the young home side stuck to their task and were rewarded with an equaliser two minutes before half time. Roots now operating on the left wing got to the byeline and crossed to Perfect and he fired in a shot on the turn into the net to put the hosts level. Better was to come for the home side as Hagan drifted in from the right and past two defenders before spotting Viner off his line and chipped a delightful shot over his head into the net for a superb second for the Bloaters on the stroke of halftime.
HT Great Yarmouth 2 Thetford Town 1
The second half got off to a great start for the Bloaters, in the first minute of the restart Perfect who was causing problems for the visitors, got in behind the back four and then cut back onto his right foot before firing in a shot that Viner could only parry away into the path of Hagan who scored from close-range to put the hosts 3-1 ahead. The visitors rallied and Teimo Rocha headed over from a Bailey free kick. The home side could have added to their lead as Perfect powered through and hit a fierce drive the Viner saved well, to deny the returning striker a second goal. Thetford manager Danny White then brought himself on to replace Teimo Rocha in a bid to get back into the tie. However it was the home side who were creating the better chances. Another damaging run by Perfect who then found Davis, he moved the ball onto Sanders but his shot was again saved by Viner. Eagleton, who was relishing his role in the midfield , then played a fine ball into Perfect who sprinted through and squared the ball to Davis but Viner made yet another fine save to deny the home side a fourth goal. Hagan should have done better when he raced through he visitors’ defence, but unusually the young forward’s touch let him down and the chance was gone. Both sides then made changes, JORDI FORBES
replaced Urry who had a solid game at right back, Oliver came on to replace Perfect who caused problems for the visitors all afternoon, and the hard working Sanders was replaced by Palmer. The final fifteen minutes saw the visitors on the attack but they came up against a stubborn home defence and Barnes, Ager, Lewis, Rose and Forbes, managed to see off the Thetford revival and claim a much needed victory for the home side.
After a string of poor performances this was a terrific win for the young Bloaters and a delighted co-manager Adam Mason was full of praise for his side “After the Ely performance we saw some good character from our players all week. Realising there is an issue and owning the problem is key when things are not going for you. In conversation, in training and even when we went behind today the players took responsibility. Today we made things simple for the lads, went back to basics, turned them around and had a threat going forward. The performance and reaction are as pleasing as being in the hat for the next round.”
Hopefully the Bloaters will grow in confidence from this performance as the next fixture is away to high-flying neighbours Kirkley & Pakefield on Friday night kickoff 7:45 at Walmer Road.
The Bloaters Man of the Match : KIERAN HAGAN
FT Great Yarmouth Town 3 Thetford Town 1
Bloaters: Barnes, Urry, Rose, Eagleton, Ager©, Lewis, Roots , Sanders, Perfect, Hagan, Davis Subs : Forbes, Oliver, Palmer, Hodge