Bloaters take derby honours after comeback

A dramatic turnaround saw Yarmouth take derby honours over Gorleston in Ridgeons League Division One with a 5-2 victory at Emerald Park yesterday. The Greens were two goals to the good at half-time, thanks to strikes from Lee Hunter and Leon Harewood.

A dramatic turnaround saw Yarmouth take derby honours over Gorleston in Ridgeons League Division One with a 5-2 victory at Emerald Park yesterday.

The Greens were two goals to the good at half-time, thanks to strikes from Lee Hunter and Leon Harewood.

But in truth it should have been more and a string of fine saves from keeper Michael Hilton kept the Bloaters in the game - a situation the visitors took full advantage of after the break.

Substitute Scott Woodcock started the comeback before Mark Thompson equalised and with the Greens a little shell shocked, Woodcock bagged his second to put Yarmouth ahead.


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Striker Stewart Roach's header put the game beyond doubt and skipper Adam Sullivan applied the cherry on top late on, while only the bar prevented Jake Reed adding a sixth as Yarmouth kept up the pressure on the Division One leading pack.

The festive period's derby action continues this afternoon, with more than a thousand fans expected to watch Lowestoft Town host Kirkley & Pakefield at Crown Meadow.

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To add some extra spice - not that it is needed - Lowestoft sit clear at the top of the Premier Division, while Kirkley are well positioned in fourth.

"It's a massive game," said Kirkley's 11-goal striker Nathan Stone. "It's an intense atmosphere to play in, and it's brilliant to play in front of such a large crowd.

"Last season we doubled them so hopefully that might give us the advantage as we've got a better side now than we had last season."

Nick Shorten's men will be without suspended Martyn Magee, while fellow midfielder Matty Taunton is an injury concern.

Lowestoft are hoping Matty Potter, Carl Poppy and Neil Plaskett will all be fit to return in the coming weeks as the Blues hit an important time in their season; games against Leiston and Dereham are to come, as well as a crucial FA Vase encounter next month.

"It's really a make-or-break time for our season," said midfielder Jamie Godbold. "If we can come out of it at the end of January and still be up there at the top of the table, and still in the Vase, it will be brilliant."

Elsewhere, Wisbech boss Gary Setchell wants his men to build on a promising display at FA Vase hopefuls Leiston, despite losing 1-0, when they host Histon Reserves.

"Their players and officials told me that was the best game they have had from any side to have gone there this season," said Setchell. "We've got a lot of our harder fixtures out of the way now so I expect us to start picking up some points soon."

Midfielder Stuart Ablett is poised to be passed fit after missing the Leiston defeat with a foot injury.

Dereham boss Matty Henman takes on his former club King's Lynn Reserves at Aldiss Park without the services of Ben Furlong (unavailable); striker Joel Brien and midfielder George Watts have been drafted into the Magpies' squad.

Wroxham will be hoping for their fourth win on the bounce when they welcome struggling Norwich United to Trafford Park.

In Division One, Diss Town will be hoping to maintain their own good form as they host Thetford Town, while Fakenham entertain local rivals Swaffham at Clipbush Park minus James Bamford (unavailable). The Pedlars have an injury doubt over Dave Weaver-Pope (foot).

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