Great Yarmouth 0 Ely City 3
Robins Pile On The Misery For Bloaters
After last week’s drubbing by top of the table Stowmarket the Bloaters made several changes to the starting lineup against old friends and rivals Ely City. BARRIE FRANKLIN
continued in goal for the injured Barnes and the back four was rejuvenated by the return of Lee Roots
and Ray Urry
to partner Ford and Ager who reverted to their regular positions. There were also rare starts for Ward and Palmer in an attempt to reverse the poor form of the early season. A strong bench of Holmes ,Hagan, Oliver and Perfect was ready and waiting for their chance to shine on the beautifully manicured Wellesley pitch.
The Bloaters kicked off towards the clubhouse end with the wind at their backs, and started well by winning a couple of throw-ins and a corner deep in the Ely half, despite not troubling the visiting goalkeeper. There was an early warning for the home side when a beautifully flighted cross by left winger Heap was scrambled away by the home defence. The wind was causing problems for both sides as the ball continued to swap sides in an even start to the game. The bloaters were trying to play through midfield ,with some success until they reached the final third where a final ball was found to be lacking. The visitors were more direct and effective, and their lively wingers and forwards were a constant threat. Franklin had to be alert to save a shot from Reed. The Bloaters were still trying to play and a good move involving Palmer, Roots and Lewis was thwarted by the excellent Ash Walter in the visitor’s defence. The home side were making several clumsy challenges in their own half and gifting needless free kicks to the opposition, fortunately none of them troubled the Bloaters goal. The visitors were now growing into the game and Roots did well to get his head to a deep cross destined for a back post header. Sanders then fired in a shot that was deflected wide , but the home side offered no threat from the resultant corner and the ball was cleared. Franklin again was called upon to make a good save as Lewis’ underhit pass to Urry managed to gift the ball to Reed. Another innocuous looking long ball caused another mix up in the home defence and a free kick was awarded on the edge of the area for the visitors. Reed fired in his shot over the wall and Franklin appeared to make the save but the ball was spilled and Thulborn fired the ball home from close range to give the depleted visitors the lead on thirty one minutes. It could have been two a minute later as another excellent cross found the head of Reed and this time the ex-Bury Town man headed wide . Davis then sparked the home side as he turned his man and fired in a shot that was deflected wide, but again the home side offered nothing from the corner. Ford hit a lovely raking cross that was begging to be turned into the net but again there was no home player to be seen to apply the finishing touch. The first half ended with the home side searching for an equaliser but in truth the visitor’s keeper was virtually a spectator despite some neat build up play by the hosts. In contrast at the other end the well-organised visitors were a constant threat and deservedly led 1-0 at half-time.
HT Great Yarmouth 0 Ely 1
Again the bloaters started the second half well and a long throw by Roots found the head of Ager but his header narrowly missed the target. The optimism was however short-lived, as a lovely cross by full-back Brannan was deftly headed into the far corner of the net by Reed, who found himself all alone in the home penalty area , to double the lead for the visitors with a well-taken goal. Davis responded with a mazy run that was cynically halted by Williams to earn the centre half a yellow card. The home side looked to threaten but they were no match for the Ely defence who were in total command over the toothless home attack. Holmes came on to bolster the attack and was immediately into the action as he combined with Sanders to set Davis free but his cross was blocked as the Bloaters were becoming more desperate for a goal. The visitors continued to look a threat and a poor pass by Bartram in his own half, gifted an opportunity for the visitors and a couple of passes later ,that man Reed found himself with only Franklin to beat as he found space in behind the home defence. The outcome was inevitable as the experienced striker finished with ease to give the visitors an unassailable 3-0 lead. The Bloaters huffed and puffed to get something from the game but it was not until the eighty third minute when ‘keeper Jeckells was troubled, as he brilliantly saved Holmes’ goalbound free-kick. There were a few half chances towards the end for the home side as the substitutes Oliver ,Hagan and Holmes came on, but in truth the visitors were comfortable and they saw out the remainder of the game with relative ease , much to the delight of their affable manager Brady Stone and travelling supporters.
The problems continue to mount for Bloaters managers Mason and Sinclair with their side now conceding twenty goals in their first six league matches, and only scoring seven in return. With only three points collected they now languish in the bottom three of the Premier division.
Joint-manager Adam Mason concluded “ That was an unacceptable performance. Individual mistakes have cost us again today in a game that we should have taken something from. The players now need to stand up and be counted, yes we have a few key players missing, but those that have been given opportunities are not taking them at the moment. We must do better. At times today it was embarrassing and we can only apologise to those that came here today to witness it. Rest assured we know that is well below par and we will be doing all we can, as quickly as we can, to rectify it. We will be demanding a reaction as we welcome Thetford Town to the Wellesley in the FA Vase next week.”
FT Great Yarmouth Town 0 Ely City 3
Att : 87
Bloaters : Franklin , Roots, Ford, Bartram, Ager ©, Urry, Palmer, Davis, Ward, Lewis, Sanders. Subs : Holmes, Oliver, Perfect,Hagan