Bloaters 2 Saffron Walden 3
Bloaters Beaten At Home
Bloaters Suffer Another Home Defeat
Great Yarmouth Town 2 Saffron Walden 3
A long midweek trip for the visitors was rewarded with a fine win at the Wellesley against all the odds.
The home side made two changes from the weekend draw at home to Hadleigh Utd. with Cain Eagleton replacing Aaron Sanders and Anis Niali replacing Milligan in goal. The Wellesley pitch had suffered an early evening deluge which probably helped improve the surface, particularly given that a school cup final was played on the same afternoon of this game.
Yarmouth were attacking the Clubhouse end and started well as Davis powered through the defence to be eventually smothered by the visitor’s rearguard. Eagleton then tried his luck from 30 yards and Holmes was unfortunate when the ball bounced up off O’Sullivan in the visitors goal, over the home striker’s hhea, from a long range effort from Josh Ford. The visitors grew into the game and some neat play almost gave them the lead when Emsden’s shot cleared the bar. The visitors were now looking the more likely to break the deadlock with more fluency to their play. The home side were winning plenty of corners but these were dealt with efficiently by the Walden defence. The first good chance for the Bloaters came when skipper Andersen fired in a far post cross that Palmer headed back and Davis’ volley was deflected wide for another corner for the home side. Andersen again made good ground and crossed this time for Holmes who could only divert his header wide of the target. Both sides were trading blows but neither side could land the killer punch as Holmes again for the home side and Strong for the visitors, missed decent chances. Palmer suffered a hamstring injury and was replaced by Sanders on the right wing. On the half hour mark the visitors had a man sent off when Ashley Skeggs was shown a red card for elbowing Holmes as the home striker threatened to break through the Walden defence. The visitors re-grouped and managed the game to half-time without any real problems.
HT Great Yarmouth Town 0 Saffron Walden Town 0
The ten-man visitors who were now enjoying the benefit of the stiff breeze that blew across the Wellesley, started well as a long ball found Murphy in acres of space but a combination of defenders managed to eventually clear the danger. After five minutes of the second half Walden were in front, with a spectacular strike from over thirty yards by centre-forward Trendall, whose dipping volley rocketed into the back of Niali’s net,to give the visitors the lead. Two minutes later they were two up when a corner found Strong all alone at the back post and his header doubled the visitor’s advantage. The home side were grateful to Ager as he blocked a mazy run as the visitors looked to run riot. The Bloaters looked shell-shocked for a while as they struggled to make any inroads against a well-organised defence. Sanders had a shot saved before Ben Lewis rose highest from a Josh Ford free-kick to pull a goal back for the home side. Eagleton suffered an injury and Hagan replaced the midfielder. Lewis then played an excellent pass for Hagan but O’Sullivan came out to block the young substitute’s shot. The visitors were utilising the clock to protect their lead but they needn’t have bothered, as incredibly, they scored a third in the 78th minute when a long ball found striker Trendall in space, and he rounded Niali to score his second of the game, and give the visitors an unassailable lead. Immediately Lewis responded when he hit a thirty yarder onto the bar with O’Sullivan beaten, as the hosts displayed some long-overdue passion.With eight minutes left on the clock, Davis drove into the box and his fierce drive was half-saved by O’ Sullivan but Holmes was on hand to bundle the home to give the Bloaters a lifeline. The home side were now trying everthing they could to salvage a point their performance barely deserved and they were rewarded when a penalty for handball was harshly awarded right near the end. With no obvious penalty takers in the side, Holmes stepped up, but his weak effort was easily saved by O’Sullivan. The visitors managed the game out to its conclusion and deservedly claimed all three points for a fine midweek away win.
A disappointed Adam Mason concluded “ Unfortunately the character we have shown in the last couple of game has been depressing at best. All games in this division are competitive, but for our last four fixtures we will need to dig deep and show some desire in order to finish the season well”
FT Great Yarmouth Town 2 Saffron Walden 3
Bloaters : Niali , Urry ,Ford, Bartram,Ager,Andersen© ,Palmer, Lewis, Holmes, Davis,Eagleton Subs : Sanders, Lopes, Hagan, Howell