Great Yarmouth Town Reserves v Attleborough Town Reserves.

Saturday 13th November 2021.  Report by Martin Baxter. 

Finally after a never ending run of away fixtures our reserves finally got to a play a home game back at the Wellie on a damp and mild Saturday afternoon.

Our visitors were Attleborough Town Reserves who sat 2 places below us in the table in 10th position and both sides were looking to move up the league with the all important 3 points up for grabs.

After receiving the team sheet it was superb to see club legend Ady Ager back playing for the Bloaters once again. 

I got an opportunity before the match to ask Yarmouth reserves joint manager Paul Blissett his thoughts on finally playing back at the Wellesley once again. 

Paul told me ” Nug, Ady, myself and all the players cannot wait to be back playing on the Wellesley once again, it is great to see the amazing people who are a massive part of this club, from Barbara in the tea hut with her amazing post match food, Anne, Adam and Rihanna in Smudgers Bar, Squeaky with his famous match day announcements, Tony with his his two hats and club merchandise, Big Sean, Martin, Big Nick and Alistair on the gates and all of our other supporters from the local community. Also a  very special mention as well to our kit lady and number one fan Sammy. We are all really looking forward to today.”    
These very passionate words from Paul sum up exactly what non-league football is all about and why we all love it so much.   

The game started and it was fantastic to see Ady Ager back in charge of the defence and showing his leadership qualities. 

In the first 10 minutes both sides started the game in a cautious manner, but then in the 15th minute a perfectly weighted cross from the right flank by Thornton was met by Yarmouth striker Miller who headed home from 5 yards out to put his side 1-0 up.   

Scoring early meant that the game now opened up as the visitors started to push forward to get back on level terms and both Yarmouth strikers Miller and Thornton were looking to exploit the extra space they now found available and on 25 minutes Miller almost put Yarmouth 2 -0 up when he stretched to convert another great cross from  Skoyles and missed connecting by just a whisker.    

5 minutes later however Thornton went clean through on goal after a defensive error and converted with a clinical finish to put the Bloaters 2-0 up.

The deciding incident in this match happened just before half -time when the ref gave a straight red card to the Attleborough number 10 after a wild and wreck less challenge. In the subsequent protests that followed another Attleborough was sinned binned for dissent.  

Half Time: Great Yarmouth Town Reserves 2  Attleborough Town Reserves 0.
Despite having a two man advantage for the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half Yarmouth failed to break down the solid defence of their visitors and once they were back to 10 men it was Attleborough who actually created the first opportunity of the 2nd period when their number 9 shot at goal from a great position, but his tame effort was easily dealt with by Fenn Nichols in the Yarmouth goal. 
 
On the hour mark an effort from Miller was spilt by the visitors keeper and the ball seemed to stick on the goal line for a good few seconds, until being finally cleared by a defender.  
5 minutes later the very impressive Thornton sealed the win for Yarmouth with a well taken strike from  20 yards out which gave the Attleborough keeper no chance of stopping.  
Barely 2 minutes later Melo should have made it 4-0, but was denied with a superb point blank save from the hard working visitors keeper.

Man of the match Thornton should have completed his hat trick in the 80th minute, however after a superb solo run he put his effort just wide of the left hand post.   

Yarmouth created another couple of decent opportunities which they did not convert and then on 85 minutes their opponents scored a consolation goal with a decent effort from their impressive number 9.   

The game finished and this excellent victory pushed the reserves up into 6th position in the league and they will now be looking to move up into the promotion places with so many of their remaining matches at home.

Full Time: Great Yarmouth Town Reserves 3.  Attleborough Town Reserves  1.

After the game Paul Blisset said ” This was a really good performance as Attleborough had beaten us earlier in the season and this victory will now give us great belief going forward and the side is now taking shape. Having Ady Ager back is also a huge bonus for us and I was delighted for Alfie Miller and Thomas Thornton on both getting on the score sheet and the hard work now continues.”

Great Yarmouth Town Reserves. Nichols, Lopez, Mawby, Ager, Moyes, Canham, Capello, Melo, Miller, Thornton, Skoyles. Subs: Crickmore, Orme, Haworth.

Man of the match: Thomas Thornton.