With Jordi Attree unsuccessful with his appeal against the red card at Lakenheath, and Cameron Barnes out injured, the Bloaters had to re-arrange their formation to take on Framlingham at the Wellesley. Youngster Wes Belsten kept his place in the midfield and Cameron Wing returned to the starting eleven after injury.
On a damp Wellesley surface the Bloaters were first to threaten when Belsten wriggled past his marker but his shot was parried by the goalkeeper and Jamie Smith’s powerful shot on the rebound whistled past the post. The home side were guilty of giving away possession in dangerous areas and were grateful to keeper Putnins who saved well from Smith after some hesitation in the Bloaters’ defence. On thirteen minutes a delightfully floated corner by McAvoy found the back of the net amongst the congestion in the visitors’ penalty area, to give the home side the lead. Another dangerous free kick by McAvoy saw Belsten head narrowly wide before the industrious visitors pulled a goal back. Another gift of a pass put Dan Smith in behind the home defence and Tysoe’s effort found the net off a home defender to give the visitors a deserved equaliser on twenty minutes. The lacklustre bloaters were not able to string passes together and the visitors, by contrast , looked dangerous with Smith in particular causing problems. Billy Wenn did well to outsprint a couple of defenders and his excellent cross was largely ignored by the home forwards as they continued to lack any pattern to their play. From a home corner Forbes went close with a close range header and this looked the best way to goal for the Bloaters from McAvoys’ excellent delivery. Just before half time Brooks hit a shot against the bar to ensure both sides went into the break on parity. The visitors had created a few good chances and looked threatening and despite not playing well the Bloaters had also created a few half chances of their own.
HT Great Yarmouth Town 1 Framlingham Town 1
The Bloaters looked a little fresher for the start of the second half as a great ball by Philpott put Smith through but visitors’ ‘keeper Ben Vincent saved well. The visitors responded as first Smith hit the post and then full back Seaber fired in a good effort narrowly wide of the mark. An excellent chipped pass by defender Forbes set Philpott free, but the young fullback unselfishly played the ball across goal when he may have been better taking a shot, and the visitors managed to scramble the ball clear. The Bloaters management team then made a decisive triple substitution with Goodwin-Wright, Adams and Pinheiro coming on to freshen up the home side and within five minutes the subs had made an impact. Smith held the ball up well and managed a shot on the turn and Goodwin-Wright was on hand to turn the ball in on the rebound, from a tight angle to give the home side the lead. A series of corners went by without troubling the Castlemen’s defence but Belsten weaved his way through the Fram’ defence to set up Goodwin -Wright, whose shot fizzed past the far post. With fifteen minutes left the Castlemen launched a series of assaults on the home goal and Smith found Putnins an impossible barrier to goal, with the big Latvian pulling off a couple of great saves to deny the lively Castlemen. Just before the final whistle with Fram’ committing players forwards looking for an equaliser, Belsten controlled a long ball and volleyed a pass to McAvoy but his shot was well saved by goalkeeper Vincent. Then right on the final whistle Putnins pulled off a great fingertip save as an inswinging corner was flicked goalwards by a home defender, to deny the visitors a deserved equaliser.
The result was harsh on the visitors and Bloaters’ manager McCombe conceded “It’s a big 3 points today because frankly we were very poor all over. The lads let themselves and the club down. Winning games while not at our best is important but we expect better in coming games. To be fair to the lads they dug in and found a way today and the importance of the whole squad showed with all 3 subs making a positive impact.
Bloaters : Putnins Atkins Philpott Forbes Wenn Urry Belsten George Smith McAvoy Wing Subs : Goodwin-Wright Adams Pinheiro
FT Bloaters 2 Framlingham Town 1