Long Melford 3 Great Yarmouth 0
Bloaters Poor League Run Continues
A young bloaters squad travelled to a Long Melford having slipped to the bottom of the Premier League table to play a side that had started inconsistently in the League with some good results notably against Histon and Brantham but also suffering a couple of heavy defeats.
The visitors started the game well as a marauding run by Savage ended with a cross that narrowly missed the head of McAra. Minutes later the bloaters should have been ahead when Palmer’s pass found Sanders but his shot was blocked and goalkeeper Morrison cleared the rebound. At the other end some overplay by the visitors saw Forbes get caught with the ball by Ally, but Barnes rescued his side with a good save. A swift break by Melford was eventually cleared by Savage and the resultant corner saw Lopez fire a shot over. Some more good play by Hagan and Palmer saw the latter’s cross agonisingly miss both strikers in the area as the visitors continued to look dangerous going forwards. Wingfield for Melford then was put through but was unable to convert his shot that narrowly missed the far post, as the game became end to end on the pristine surface, at the inappropriately-named Stoneylands. Both sides had half-chances but the half remained goaless with the under-strength visitors giving as good as they got against a lively Melford side.
HT Long Melford 0 Great Yarmouth 0
Yarmouth began the second half on the front foot as first Savage hit a firm shot which Morrison pushed clear and then McAra followed up, but the big ‘keeper saved again to deny the visitors. Barnes was then called into action as the hosts responded. Palmer then swung in a corner onto the head of Forbes at the back post but Yarmouth were unable to convert. The play continued to swing from end to end with the Bloaters looking more likely to get the crucial first goal. Palmer then sent in a dangerous cross that Morrison palmed clear before Barnes again came out to rescue his side from a long ball. The young visitors were working tirelessly with Hagan and Palmer both prominent. In the sixty-fifth minute it looked like the deadlock had been broken when Palmer found space on the right and advanced towards goal, as Morrison approached, the Bloaters winger lobbed the ball goalwards but his effort lacked any power and a Melford defender got back to deny the bloaters the opening goal. A couple of minutes later a quick break by the home side found Wingfield in the penalty area and his effort was pushed skywards by Barnes and despite the attempts of the ‘keeper and Savage on the line, the ball bounced into the net for a cruel blow for the visitors as Melford took the lead.
The impressive Urry then got forward to power in a shot that was saved by Morrison and another attack was smothered away by the home defence as the Bloaters continued to search for an equaliser. With ten minutes left Ally advanced into the penalty area and was challenged by Forbes and his tumble was deemed a penalty by referee Grant much to the displeasure of the visitors who were desperate to get back into this match. The protests continued and joint-manger Sinclair said something the referee took exception to and was sent to the stands. Rowe sent Barnes the wrong way and put the hosts two up from the spot kick. The home side now had the cushion of a two goal lead and began to relax and the visitors were grateful to Barnes who produced an excellent save from a Lopez free-kick.The Bloaters with time against them conjured up another couple of chances as substitute Will George and Sanders went close from Davis through ball. Hagan then drifted past a couple of defenders before firing a curling shot narrowly wide with Morrison beaten,but it wasn’t to be for the young bloaters.With the last kick of the game a lack of concentration at the back saw Ally took full advantage and poked the ball past Barnes to give the home side a flattering three goal advantage.
A frustrted Adam Mason added “It’s 3-0 on paper and another heavy defeat, but with twenty minutes to go we were the better side and looked like we would win it. When things are going against you however, you need a bit of luck. After conceding the first sloppy goal, the referee then awarded a penalty which nobody else in the ground saw, and we were suddenly two down. Obviously we then became stretched and they scored a last-minute third that completely flattered them. Goals change games, and we need to avoid going behind because when you are bottom of the league every goal we concede feels like a sucker punch, when we deserve better. There were plenty of positives to take from the game, we had a very young side out today as we were missing lots of senior players and we did well for seventy minutes. Some of our younger lads are struggling to come to terms with mentality required to pull us out of this position. The first part of the recovery process is to take ownership of the problems and then find a way to build solutions. This league has no easy games , there are no free shots, it is up to us to earn it.”
FT : Long Melford 3 Great Yarmouth 0
Yarmouth : Barnes Urry Savage Bartram © Eagleton Forbes Palmer Sanders McAra Davis Hagan
Subs George Charlton Ager
The Bloaters reserves progressed in the Junior Cup in bizarre circumstances beating Horsford 4-2 after extra time. The visitors finishing the game with six players with players either sent off or sin-binned. Goals from Russell Marriot, Louis Skoyles ,Tyler Lopes and Jonny Howell secured the win