Great Yarmouth Town Reserves v Alysham Reserves.
Saturday 9th April 2022. Report by Martin Baxter.
On a clear and sunny Saturday afternoon the Bloaters reserves hosted Alysham reserves in a mid-table clash at the wonderful Wellesley.
I arrived at the ground early to have a catch up with joint Yarmouth reserves managers Paul Blisset and Dan Nolan who were both still buzzing from their sides superb mid-week 6-1 mauling of Hempnall and in particular the excellent performance of striker Sam Adams who was making his debut for the club.
Yarmouth made two changes from Wednesday evening with most notably Levan Clements replacing makeshift keeper Lucas Mawby who reverted back to his normal full back position in the heart of the defence, and their was also a start for Ethan Hodge who came in for Callum Hale.
The game started very well for the home side as they took the lead in only the 6th minute with a back heeled flip from Sam Adams which caught the Alysham keeper Liam Waller out and crossed over the line for an improvised goal from a striker playing with enough confidence to try his luck.
5 minutes later a curling shot from Jonas rattled the Alysham crossbar and the ball then bounced down on the goal line before being cleared.
Alysham then started to organise their defence a lot more solidly and they prevented Yarmouth from over running them and getting a 2nd goal which would have put them in deep trouble.
In the 25th minute the visitors had their first opportunity, but the effort went high and wide without troubling keeper Clements and 10 minutes later they missed a great chance to pull level when their winger Dickerson went through on goal and with the keeper beaten he slipped at the vital moment and his shot went wide.
Right on half-time Alysham’s Steve Busk volleyed his effort over the bar and the ref then blew his whistle to end a very evenly contested first 45 minutes.
Half time: Great Yarmouth Reserves 1 Alysham Reserves 0.
The match re-started and Yarmouth created the first chance of this 2nd period on 51 minutes when Spinks ran onto a through pass into the box but was just beaten to the ball by the visitors keeper Liam Waller.
10 minutes later from an Aylsham corner the ball is somehow scrambled off of the goal line to keep the score at 1-0 and then on the hour mark from a Yarmouth corner Regan Perry connected with a great effort that looked to be sailing into the bottom right hand corner of the net until the keeper somehow got a touch to pull off a fantastic save.
However Yarmouth were not to be denied and 1 minute later Ethan Hodge scored from close range after an impressive build up move down the right flank.
Hodge then had another opportunity to make the game safe for the Bloaters from a corner, but was denied by the woodwork and Yarmouth were now asking all the questions and looking the most likely to get the next goal.
However in the 70th minute the Alysham striker with the reporters dream name Brad Slaughter headed home from a corner to put the visitors back in the match.
The same player then almost got an equaliser 5 minutes later, but just failed to connect with a right wing cross into the Yarmouth box.
With the game now on a knife edge it was Yarmouth who then finally put this entertaining encounter to bed in the 86th minute with a fantastic curling effort from Harry Jonas from 10 yards out to send all the watching Bloaters fans home happy!
In injury time man of the match Ethan Hodge almost added a 4th goal but he put his effort just over the bar.
Full time: Great Yarmouth Town Reserves 3 Alysham Reserves 1.
Great Yarmouth Town Reserves: Clements, Scott, Mawby, Moyse, Saye, Hughes, Spinks, Perry, Adams, Jonas, Hodge. Subs: Liggin, Biglin.
Man of the match: Ethan Hodge.