After the excitement of the midweek fixture at Mulbarton the Bloaters entertained a young Needham Market side who have already demonstrated their firepower with a fine victory 6-2 away at Wisbech St.Mary.
The Bloaters were forced into a couple of changes with Howell still suffering a leg injury, Forbes returned to partner Wenn in the heart of the home defence. There was also a call up to the first team for Wes Belsten, after helping himself to four goals in the youth team’s fine victory at Beccles. The youngster came into midfield with Urry dropping to fullback and Atkins taking the bench. The young Marketmen got the game underway kicking towards the tennis court end.
There was an early warning of things to come for the visitors as Smith outpaced a defender and sent in a dangerous cross that was just out of reach for Attree. A couple of minutes later Wenn played the ball to Urry and he muscled past a defender and got to the goaline where he pulled the ball back to Belsten who calmly slotted the ball into the far corner for his first goal in his first start, for the first team. Seconds later the visitors broke clear and Yarmouth were grateful to Putnins who saved well. The Bloaters created a couple of half chances as the young visitors struggled to cope with the big Bloaters strikers. After a period of slick passing by the visitors Putnins again made a fine save from a goalbound shot by the lively Kurt Warren. Urry then pulled up with what is thought to be a hamstring injury and was swiftly replaced by Atkins. In the twenty eighth minute a good move involving Wenn and Smith saw the former fire in a dangerous cross and Attree showed great determination to hammer the ball home for his first goal of the season, scoring from close range.
The young Needham side continued to look good with the ball but they struggled at both ends of the pitch with the home defence remaining firm and Attree and Smith continuing to cause problems with their pace and power. To give the visitors their credit they continued to probe away and Putnins again did well to save with his feet as the Marketmen opened up the home defence, after some careless play by the home side.
HT Great Yarmouth 2 Needham Market Reserves 0
There was a slight delay to the second half as the ambulance came to care for a member of the crowd who had been taken ill. The Bloaters whilst never at their best always had enough in hand and should have extended their lead with a couple of shots off target. On the hour mark, good hold up play by Attree gave McAvoy a chance to shoot form the edge of the area, and although not the cleanest of strikes the ball finished in the back of the net to make it 3-0. Five minutes later it was four when a game of head tennis in the visitors six yard box was brought to an abrubt end when Billy Wenn powered his header into the back of the net after a home corner for the home side’s fourth. Adams and Goodwitn-Wright came on to replace Smith and, midweek hero Will George, as the game fizzled out as a contest. The young Marketmen fashioned a couple of opportunities as Harry Blackburn flashed a shot narrowly wide followed by another goalbound attempt deflected out for a corner. Goaleeper Owen Elsdon made a great save to deny McAvoy and the young Needham keeper tipped Barnes header over as the home side continued to create chances.
A frustrating day for the visitors was typified when they did unlock the home defence and manged to find the net only to be called back by the Assistant for an offside flag. The Bloaters, who had a relatively comfortable afternoon saw out the rest of the game and although soundly beaten, the young visitors should take great credit for some lovely flowing football and never say die attitude, that contributed to an enjoyable afternoon in the sun at the Wellesley , in front of a decent crowd. Referee Amsiejus had a fine game in the middle and only had to brandish one yellow card for a clumsy challenge by the visitors The Bloaters will face sterner tests but the confidence is growing as this win sees McCombe’s side climb to fifth in the table.
Bloaters manager Rob McCombe concluded “ Once again we weren’t fully firing ,but saw out a comfortable win. I am delighted for Wes who has had a great week capped off by a well-taken first goal for the first team. The depth of the squad is being tested with four missing which makes the result even more pleasing.
FT Great Yarmouth Town 4 Needham Market Reserves 0
Bloaters : Putnins© Urry Philpott Forbes Wenn Barnes Belsten George Attree McAvoy Smith Subs : Atkins Adams Goodwin-Wright