Wroxham 3 Bloaters 1
Bloaters Sunk By Yachtsmen
Great Yarmouth slipped to their fourth consecutive defeat of the season,and slipped to the bottom of the table in controversial circumstances at Trafford Park. In front of a bumper crowd of 260 this Friday night fixture looked to be an instant hit with the fans.
For the visitors Sean Perfect suffered a groin injury in the warm up and was replaced by Chris Holmes. Lee Roots returned to the side with Eagleton reverting to midfield and Jordan Forbes replaced the injured Ady Ager. The Yachtsmen included former Bloaters Connor Milligan and Cruise Nyadzayo in their young lineup alongside ex-Canary Simon Lappin.
The game started with the Yachtsmen on the front foot as Black attempted a long-range effort from distance .The Bloaters responded as Davis made space for a far post cross that Hagan was unable to get on the end of. Holmes and Lewis then exchanged passes before releasing Davis but his effort was deflected out for a corner. Miiligan was on hand to deny his former club from the resultant corner. Nyadzayo then produced a powerful run and cross that fortunately for the visitors, missed everyone. The Bloaters threatened again as Lewis’ flick found Holmes goalbound, but Milligan bravely rushed out to save his side as the Bloaters pushed forwards. A dangerous corner by the home side resulted in a clearance and a marauding run by Rose, who then sent in a telling cross for Hagan but the home defence managed to scramble the ball away as the Bloaters enjoyed a decent early spell. Just as the visitors were establishing a foothold in the game a long ball saw Miles against two defenders and in the collision he managed to wriggle clear and the ball bounced kindly and he was able to score into an empty net to give the home side the lead on twenty three minutes. Yarmouth responded with a couple of corners but Milligan and his defence remained firm. Whilst the Bloaters were trying their best to get back on level terms their play lacked any cohesion and the home side were quick to capitalise with some swift attacking play as first Bond and then Nyadzayo had good chances to extend the lead. Black then found space to hit a rasping drive that Barnes held onto. The visitors were struggling to cope with the pacy attacks of the Yachtsman, who looked sharp when in possession. The visitors by contrast, were sloppy in possession with too many passes going astray and poor decision making gifting the ball back to the home side. Whilst the Bloaters would have been disappointed with the goal they had played their part in a competitive first half.
HT Wroxham 1 Great Yarmouth 0
Yarmouth made a substitution at half-time with Sanders replacing Eagleton and the home side replacing Carey with Wiltshere. The Bloaters showed some good intent as Sanders, Hagan and Lewis combined to put in the substitute but his chipped pass was scrambled away by the home defence. More pressure on the home side resulted in Milligan hauling down Davis after good work by Lewis. Referee Morrison pointed to the spot and Davis put his side level with a crisply taken penalty on forty nine minutes. The hosts responded with a good move that finished with Wiltshere blazing over. Lappin was showing his class with some excellent set piece deliveries that caused problems for the visitors as a series of corners were scrambled away. Barnes saved well from another header from a Lappin freekick to keep the Bloaters in the game. Oliver came on to replace Holmes, as the game was now finely balanced. At the other end Davis was fouled on the edge of the area and a short freekick almost caught out the Yachtsmen as Hagan found himself in space behind the defence, but they remained defiant and the ball was scrambled away for a corner that was cleared. Midway through the second half a powerful run into the box was thwarted by a tackle by Urry. However the youngster was deemed to have mistimed his challenge and referee Morrison awarded a spot kick to the home side which was duly dispatched by Lappin to restore the lead for the home side. The Yachtsmen were now pressing home their advantage as they mounted a series of quick attacks as the visitors appeared to tire. From a Lappin freekick the Bloaters managed to scramble the ball away as the home side threatened to add to their lead. The game took on a feisty edge as Lewis and Lappin clashed in midfield and the visitors became frustrated by some decisions, particularly when Davis was unceremoniously dumped to the ground as the visitors went searching for an equaliser. Ward then came on to replace Roots as the Bloaters switched to a three man defence. Whilst the Bloaters were desperate to find an equaliser it was the home side that looked the more dangerous as Smith found himself in space but blasted wide when well-placed to score. With five minutes left Hagan collided with Milligan as the home defence was finally breached, the goalkeeper was left in a heap on the floor as the rebound fell to a Bloater’s player on the edge of the penalty area, referee Morrison halted play for the injury to Milligan. Bizarrely the resultant drop ball was not contested and the ball was returned to the visitors in their own half only for them to give the ball straight back and a quick interchange of passes saw Bond in on goal and he finished well to make the game safe for the Yachtsmen. There was still time for a response from the Bloaters but Sanders’ shot was deflected wide after good work by Davis and Ward, seconds later Ward side footed a chance narrowly wide. At the other end Wiltshere ran half the length of the pitch to send in a dangerous cross and Barnes was out sharply to deny a powerful run by Black.
A good match for the bumper crowd, with the home side’s quality making them deserved winners. The visitors will have concerns about the defending for all three goals, and will need to attack with more purpose if they are to end their miserable start to the season.
Joint Manager Sinclair commented “Another frustrating performance littered with mistakes and poor choices in both boxes has cost us again in a game we should have got something from.”
FT Wroxham 3 Great Yarmouth 1
Great Yarmouth : Barnes ,Roots, Rose, Bartram, Urry, Forbes ©,Holmes, Eagleton, Lewis ,Davis, Hagan Subs: Sanders, Ward, Oliver, Palme