Bloaters, Greens find net

RIDGEONS LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Goals either side of half-time by Jake Reed set Great Yarmouth Town on the road to opening day 3-1 First Division success at Ipswich Wanderers. The Bloaters struck with devastating force seconds from the interval.

Goals either side of half-time by Jake Reed set Great Yarmouth Town on the road to opening day 3-1 First Division success at Ipswich Wanderers.

The Bloaters struck with devastating force seconds from the interval. Reed pounced on a pass through the middle, shook off the attentions of a defender and calmly stroked the ball past the advancing keeper. And barely 30 seconds into the second half he again coolly shot home from Stewart Roach's pass.

Ipswich pulled one back after 80 minutes from a penalty but captain Adey Ager quickly headed Yarmouth's third.

Gorleston beat visitors Long Melford 3-1 with a brace from ex-Beccles striker Neil Hurren and a strike from Luke Goreham.


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It took an 81st minute goal on debut by Jake Burton to give Diss Town a winning start to the season at March.

A fine display of goalkeeping from the Hares' Chris Anker denied a Tangerines side which introduced six new signings.

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The only goal of the game came in the 81st minute when a corner was punched out to Jason Hunt who sent the ball out wide for Chris Collins-Reed to centre. Burton nipped in front of the keeper and his header finally beat Anker.

Swaffham Town lost 3-0 at Whitton, a scoreline which did not necessarily reflect the true flow of the game.

In the 23rd minute a poorly defended free-kick was punched by keeper Lee Brookes into his own net. Further goals followed in the 63rd and 89th minutes.

t Results

Godmanchester Rovers 2, FC Clacton 2; Gorleston 3, Long Melford 1; Halstead Town 1, Brantham Athletic 1; Ipswich Wanderers 1, Great Yarmouth Town 3; March Town United 0, Diss Town 1; Stowmarket Town 0, Downham Town 2; Whitton United 3, Swaffham Town 0.

t Fixtures

Tuesday

Brantham v Clacton, Diss v Yarmouth, Gorleston v Fakenham, Ipswich Wands v Stowmarket, March v Godmanchester, Team Bury v Whitton.

Wednesday

Saffron Walden v Halstead.

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