Goals galore for Bloaters

Great Yarmouth, who had been experiencing a dip in form recently after a flying start to the season, got back on track with an 8-0 win over Swaffham in Ridgeons Division One.

Great Yarmouth, who had been experiencing a dip in form recently after a flying start to the season, got back on track with an 8-0 win over Swaffham in Ridgeons Division One.

It was a disappointing day for the Pedlars who were expected to give their hosts a tough game off the back of a fine win over Godmanchester in midweek but despite quite an even start, 2-0 at half-time became eight by the final whistle.

Jake Reed scored four goals, sub Scott Woodcock twice with the other goals from another sub Fernando Vide and Stewart Roach.

Bloaters' boss Paul Tong was understandably happy in his side's upturn in fortunes.


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“It will have helped our goal difference,” he laughed. “The Swaffham keeper made an excellent save from a Martin McGee penalty and a number of other saves too.”

He added: “It's a good squad. We have the ability, it's just about that belief. I'm sure the boys will go on and achieve our aim - to finish in the top three.”

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In a key Ridgeons clash Diss Town inflicted a first defeat on FC Clacton, by 2-0, since early October.

The Tangerines are in fourth while their visitors are one above them.

The Essex side had won their previous eight league games and remain as favourites to take the final promotion slot behind Brantham and Yarmouth.

Diss have played six more games than Clacton and this well-deserved win may give others, rather than themselves, the chance to catch Clacton.

The Tangerines took the lead when a free-kick from Stuart Garner was headed across at the far post by Brendan Foley for Luke Catchpole to shoot in from five yards out.

In added time Watts-Sturrock played the ball out to Xavier Huckle in the left corner. He ignored calls to hold the ball there and found Garner to cross. The ball was headed out for Catchpole to have his shot deflected and Gould's attempts to block with his feet failed and the ball trickled over the line.

In other games, leaders Brantham visited Cornard and returned with a 2-0 win. Lowly Stowmarket took welcome points from a 1-0 win at basement side Fakenham.

Downham drew 1-1 with hosts Godmanchester Rovers while Halstead returned from Ipswich Wanderers with all the points from a 4-0 win.

March Town United hit visitors Long Melford for six without reply.

Gorleston came back from Saffron Walden with a 2-0 victory with goals coming from Liam Bartley's tap-in after he rounded the keeper and Chris Sandford's brilliant header.

Thetford lost out at home to Team Bury by the only goal of the game.

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