The Bloaters arrived at the much-improved Weybourne Road ground to find an immaculate-looking playing surface after the deluge of rain over the past few days.
The Bloaters’ injury jinx continued with talismanic goalkeeper Evijs Putnins out injured after a bizarre collision with his own player at Wisbech. The Bloaters managed to obtain the services of Matt Sayer to replace the big Latvian. There was also a return to the side for Ray Urry and youngster Kieran McCombe deservedly came in for his first start. Alex Earl also earned a starting position after impressing at Wisbech along with McCombe. Fionn Goodwin-Wright returned to the bench after missing Saturday with a slight back injury.
The home side kicked off and it became apparent very early on that there would be goals in this match,with both sides looking to keep the ball on the deck and play football on the lush surface. The hosts fired in a couple of dangerous crosses, but it took twenty minutes before either side could muster an attempt on goal when ex-bloater Seamus Bobby fired wide from the edge of the area. After the early exchanges it was the hosts who looked more likely to break the deadlock with some good build up play that was usually instigated by Dan Crosby in the midfield. Tim Cary got free at a corner but his header went straight to Sayer and then Wes Belsten wriggled free to fire in a shot that Milligan saved at the other end. From another period of pressure from the home side a goalbound header appeared to strike a Bloaters’ defender, and the hosts went in front in the twenty ninth minute. A couple of minutes later the visitors almost equalised as Belsten sent Earl through on goal and as the defender slipped over Earl fired in a shot that former Bloater’s ‘keeper Connor Milligan saved well with his legs. From the resultant corner the Bloaters were level when McAvoy’s corner was headed in by Jordan Attree. From this moment onwards it was virtually one-way traffic towards the Bloater’s goal as a good ball in from Kerry was eventually put away by Kieran Money to put the hosts ahead. Three minutes later it was 3-1 as another corner was met on the side-volley by Dunthorne with a good finish. The Bloaters tried to rally but their attempts were in vain as McAvoy was sent to the Sin Bin just before half-time. Earl and Attree both had half chances but it was the hosts who deservedly led at half-time
HT Sheringham 3 Great Yarmouth 1
The second half continued in the same manner with the Shannocks making all the running and it was no real surprise when Kerry nicked the ball off Wenn and fired in a fourth. There was an amazing incident minutes later when substitute Wing was clattered in the penalty area as he was about to shoot from close range, for what seemed a blatant foul, but referee Lewiss didn’t think so and waved play on. The visitors tried to string passes together but the hosts were quicker and stronger and easily dealt with anything the lacklustre visitors could manage. Wing fired a volley wide before Sayer made a great save to deny Crosby a fifth goal. The Shannocks continued to threaten and were now playing with lots of confidence and a fifth goal came when Boyce threw a dummy and fired in from the edge of the area before a humiliating sixth was scored from a corner to complete a miserable night for the Bloaters. Rarely have we witnessed a performance like this from a Yarmouth side and they will need to raise their game in the next few matches to retain their position in the table.
A comprehensive win for Sheringham who produced a fine performance to overcome a young Bloaters’ side that contained seven players under the age of 21, including two 17 year olds that were unable to compete against a hungry home side.
A disappointed but philosophical Manager Rob McCombe concluded “ Put simply tonight was just not good enough. Far too many mistakes and lack of application in key areas. They wanted it more than us and we simply didn’t match that desire. We are going through a difficult period with players out but that is no excuse for dropping standards in respect of attitude and application”
FT Sheringham 6 Great Yarmouth Town 1
Bloaters : Sayer Probert Philpott McCombe Wenn Forbes Belsten Earl Attree McAvoy Urry Subs : Wing, Goodwin-Wright ,Pinheiro, Atkins