Great Yarmouth Town Reserves v Hempnall FC.
Wednesday 6th April 2022. Report by Martin Baxter.
On a mild and breezy early spring evening 7th placed Yarmouth reserves entertained Hempnall who sit in 10th position just above the relegation places.
Before the game Yarmouth had a goal keeping crisis with no fewer than 4 of their keepers unavailable and eventually had to start the match with Lucas Mawby between the sticks, who is effectively an outfield player who can play in goal if required.
The game started and in the 5th minute Yarmouth had their first opportunity from a free kick on the right, however Sam Adams headed well over the bar.
However barely 5 minutes later after a great counter attack down the right flank the ball is once again crossed into the danger zone for Adams this time to connect perfectly with an unstoppable strike from 15 yards out to put the Bloaters 1-0 up.
This goal seemed to wake up Hempnall and 2 minutes later their striker Julian Womack attempted to lob the ball over the Yarmouth keeper’s head from fully 40 yards out and only narrowly missed the target and then in their next attack 2 minutes later they pulled level with another great strike from 15 yards out from Jack Herbet.
In the 25th minute the visitors keeper Taylor Davies spilled the ball after making a routine save right in front of Jay Orme, who took full advantage with a simple tap in to put the Bloaters 2-1 up on the night.
This was now an excellent encounter with both sides going toe to toe and looking to attack at every opportunity and it was next blow to Yarmouth again when Callum Hale surged through the Hempnall defence and finished clinically to put the home side 3-1 in front.
Yarmouth were now full of confidence and playing some great football and on 42 minutes increased their advantage with a great solo run from the very impressive Tyler Halliday who finished perfectly and Yarmouth went in at the interval 4-1 up.
This was the best 45 minutes this side have played at home all season with some real quality finishing and full credit to them all.
After the intensity and high pressing in the 1st half the 2nd period was unlikely to be the same and this was indeed the case for the first 15 minutes, however on the hour mark the first shot at goal of the 2nd period fell to Hempnall striker Herbet, who put his effort high and wide.
Yarmouth got their first corner of the 2nd half in the 65th minute and from the resulting corner Yarmouth substitute Miller tried a cheeky flick at goal went just went wide.
However a minute later the Bloaters did add to their tally with another superb finish from man of the match Sam Adams, who had a terrific performance in the number 9 shirt.
The best was saved to last though when in the 85th minute Ellis Skoyles hit an unstoppable screamer from fully 30 yards out which almost burst through the Hempnall net.
Full time: Great Yarmouth Reserves 6 Hempnall 1.
Line up: Mawby, Spink, Scott, Sayer, Orme, Skoyles, Halliday, Hughes, Adams, Jonas, Hale. Subs: Perry, Biglin, Miller.
Man of the match: Sam Adams.