A brilliant beginning for Bloaters
RIDGEONS LEAGUE: It's Bloaters trivia time! 1: When was the last season Yarmouth won their opening two games? 2: When was the last season Yarmouth did not concede a single goal in their opening two games? 3: When was the last time Yarmouth preserved consecutive clean sheets? To answer the third enquiry first - the last two games of 2006-07 saw the Bloaters' laundry workers unemployed after Godmanchester and Walsham-le-Willows.
It's Bloaters trivia time!
1: When was the last season Yarmouth won their opening two games?
2: When was the last season Yarmouth did not concede a single goal in their opening two games?
3: When was the last time Yarmouth preserved consecutive clean sheets?
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To answer the third enquiry first - the last two games of 2006-07 saw the Bloaters' laundry workers unemployed after Godmanchester and Walsham-le-Willows.
Questions one and two have the same answer, 2002-03 when Yarmouth opened up with 2-0 and
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1-0 wins over Mildenhall and Diss respectively.
Winning consecutive opening games is a rare feat for the Bloaters; before 2002-03 it was 25 years further back when Bill Punton's Bloaters won the first six games on their way to runners-up spot in the final table of 1977-78.
Previous occasions to that were back in the 1920s in the old Norfolk and Suffolk League.
It's early days of course, as Kevin Cruickshank was quick to remind me: losing times will come sooner or later - so I will refrain from noting other historical feats - but for the time being we have something to celebrate!
Of Saturday's FA Cup extra-preliminary win at Hadleigh, Cruickshank said: “Although there is still room for improvement in certain areas, it was another pleasing overall team performance.”
However, he is not getting carried away with the team's early successes: “There is a long hard season ahead and we have only played two games.
“Paul (Tong) and I will take one game at a time and prepare all the players positively for the next game.”
The Hadleigh game was decided by a late goal from new man Adey Ager who converted a free-kick from youngster Adam Sewell.
Ager has been impressive in central defence, alongside Alan Darby, so if he can contribute goals as well that's all to the good.
Yarmouth's reward for the win is a preliminary round tie with local top dogs Wroxham next week.
Relishing the prospect of the match with the Yachtsmen, Tong said the team are looking forward to it: “It will give the boys an opportunity to see what they have to aspire to. Wroxham have been a formidable team for over a decade now and it will be great for us to pit our wits against such a good squad.”
Before all that though there's a league game at Thetford on Tuesday night.
The Dolphin Autos Anglian Combination Division Two side returned from their first fixture at Acle Reserves on Wednesday with a fine 3-0 win, a first for manager Eden Rudling who was, understandably, “over the moon.”
Jose Vide opened the scoring after 25 minutes, Liam Bartley doubled the advantage in the 72nd minute after a superb lofted through ball by Mark Thompson, and Watt completed the scoring in the final minute when he converted a Thompson corner at the near post.
Their next scheduled game is away to another promoted side, Oulton Broad & Notleys, on Tuesday (ko 6.30).