The Bloaters took the long road to Wisbech St.Mary still suffering the injury jinx that lost them two more outfield players in the midweek defeat at home to Diss. Fionn Godwin-Wright suffered a back injury and Brodie Adams was also unable to make the trip. However there was better news with the return of Jordan Attree from suspension who would partner Mitch Forbes in a new-look strike partnership. Brady Philpott and Billy Wenn returned to the defence after a midweek shift in midfield and Dan Pinheiro returned to the centre of midfield. Atkins, Earl and youngster McCombe took their places on the bench for this key fixture against bottom of the table St.Marys.
The visitors started well as Attree fired narrowly wide after a poor clearance and then Probert sent in a telling cross that was scrambled away by the home defence. After early pressure the Bloaters broke the deadlock in the fifth minute as Forbes won a corner and from McAvoys’ place kick Cameron Wing rose highest to nod in from close range. The visitors than had a big shout for a penalty as Forbes was pushed over in the penalty area, after a swift break, but the visitors’ appeals were ignored by the officials. Whilst the early exchanges were dominated by the visitors the home side had a couple of pacey front runners who looked like they could cause problems. A lovely move involving Philpott, Attree, Forbes and Wing almost created a second but Attree’s attempt was charged down. It would have not been a surprise if the home side let their heads drop after a dismal start to the season, but they grew into the half and started to put some pressure on the visitors’ defence. There was an injury scare for the visitors as Wenn was blatantly shoved into a collision with goalkeeper Putnins and the big Latvian required extensive treatment before he was able to continue. The hosts, encouraged by the raucus home support continued to impress as they took the game to the visitors and with better finishing could, and perhaps should have been level. The best chance came just before the half-time break when Putnins made a great save from a shot across goal and the follow up shot was agonisingly wide for St.Marys. A minute later the hosts had the ball in the net, but this time they were denied by an assistant’s offside flag. The home side had a good spell just before the break, but they couldn’t find the elusive breakthrough their spirited play deserved, and the Bloaters would have been pleased to go into the break clinging to their slender lead.
HT Wisbech St.Mary 0 Great Yarmouth 1
The second half began where the first left off, with the home side asking all the questions as they began to dominate the midfield areas and create a few half chances for themselves, by contrast the Bloaters looked leggy at this point. After an hour or so, the visitors made a change that would eventually reap dividends. Young Kieran McCombe came on and immediately his energy sparked the Bloaters back into life as McAvoy fired a shot wide. A couple of minutes later McAvoy powered through the home defence and was sent tumbling and a penalty was awarded. Attree’s spot kick found the bottom corner and the visitors now had a two goal cushion. Adam Earl, on loan from Norwich United, came on and he too made an instant impact as he won the ball and found Attree in space, but the big striker’s shot was saved, and the home custodian was again in action as he rushed out to take the ball off Cameron Wing’s toes. The Bloaters were now dominating the ball and the home side reverted back to counter-attack play as they began to look tired. Atkins came on and Belsten moved into midfield to join fellow youth player McCombe, to great effect as the two youngsters showed their skills on the ball with some slick play. With the clock ticking down Earl picked the ball up in his own half and found the wide open spaces of the Fenland midfield and bearing down on goal shrugged off two challenges before finding the net for an excellent, individual third goal for the Bloaters. A couple of minutes later it was four as Belsten finished off a move that appeared to have been halted by an assistants’ flag, but the flag was for a foul on a Bloaters’ player and the referee allowed the goal to stand. Earl and McCombe in particular were making a significant impact from the bench and the former fired in a powerful drive that went over. From another corner for the Bloaters, Wenn powered in a header that was blocked on the line and Atkins was on hand to fire home to make it 5-0.
Bloaters manager Rob McCombe would have been delighted with the performance of the subs , which eventually turned the tide for the visitors, with all three making significant impacts on the game and the result.
McCombe added “After a great start we were poor for much of the game. The lads stopped doing the basics well and need to apply what is being asked of them. Once again the substitutes changed the game for us though. We will take the positives of playing poorly but winning, a clean sheet, and five different goalscorers “
A harsh scoreline for the spirited home side but if they can maintain the spell they had either side of half-time their first points won’t be too far away. For the visitors, a morale-boosting victory and with players returning from injury, competition for places will be fierce, and the addition of the two Norwich Utd. loanees seems to have been a positive move, with Probert and Earl both making excellent contributions.
FT Wisbech St. Marys 0 Great Yarmouth Town 5
Bloaters Putnins © Probert Philpott Pinheiro Wenn ForbesJ Belsten Wing McAvoy Attree ForbesM
Subs : McCombe Atkins Earl