Friday Night Football returned to the Wellesley as the home side welcomed Leiston Reserves ahead of their first teams’ big Cup match with Barnet on the following day.
Again the home side were without the services of influential goalkeeper Putnins so young Fenn Nicholls stepped up for the first team for his first appearance this season. Ray Urry returned to the side at centre back as did full back Harry Atkins. Otherwise the team remained the same as the side that lost heavily at Sheringham on Tuesday night.
There was an early scare for the Bloaters as Bacon hit the post with a curling shot that beat Nicholls. The Bloaters were also having their own moments as first Attree was put clear but crowded out and then good work by McCombe almost created another chance before Earl outsprinted the visitor’s defence before the Leiston defenders recovered to clear the ball away. The Bloaters had a decent spell as McAvoy and Earl both sent in dangerous crosses. However neither goalkeeper was particularly troubled in a fairly tame first half, but it was the visitors who showed the most potential with their talented and lively young squad.
HT Great Yarmouth 0 Leiston Reserves 0
The second half was only a few minutes old when a fine cross was headed goalwards and Nicholls made a great reflex save to keep his side level. With the half meandering towards its thirteenth minute Mason Sinclair won the ball on the right and his cross into the middle was converted by Bacon who had all the time in the world to compose himself and score from close range to give the visitors a deserved lead. Five minutes later the visitors doubled their lead, a deep cross from the left was half-cleared by Probert and Bloom was on hand to fire in the second goal for the visitors. The home side looked flat and didn’t really offer much resistance and seemed confined to their fate. Towards the end Belsten headed wide before Attree got the end of Atkins cross and headed home for a consolation for the home side in the 90th minute. But it was all too little too late for a lacklustre second half performance from the home side who slipped to their second defeat in a week.
With encouraging signs of players returning from injury soon the Bloaters will need to restart their season after a poor run of form that has seen them slip back into mid-table with a couple of poor performances that will require some improvement.
Manager McCombe added “ The response from Tuesday in terms of attitude and application was a huge improvement especially in the first half, but defensive errors have cost us again. The lads will stick together but we are in a rut and need to show some character to rise above it”
The visitors were worthy winners and deserved their three points after an accomplished performance full of energy and commitment.
FT Great Yarmouth Town 1 Leiston Reserves 2
Bloaters Nicholls Atkins Urry Probert ForbesJ Belston McCombe Pinheiro Earl Attree McAvoy Subs : Philpott Wing Goodwin-Wright Wenn Jacobs