Yarmouth glad of break in games
Just two games went ahead in Ridgeons Division One on Saturday because of the snow and freezing conditions.Halstead jumped three places up the table to sixth after beating hosts Cornard 3-1 while Long Melford leapfrogged Stowmarket to go fourth from bottom after beating visitors Saffron Walden Town 4-2.
Just two games went ahead in Ridgeons Division One on Saturday because of the snow and freezing conditions.
Halstead jumped three places up the table to sixth after beating hosts Cornard 3-1 while Long Melford leapfrogged Stowmarket to go fourth from bottom after beating visitors Saffron Walden Town 4-2.
Table-topping Great Yarmouth were actually glad of the break as they would have had a host of players out of action had their game at home against visitors Stowmarket been played.
Manager Paul Tong said: “I'm not too disappointed - we would have had seven players missing from our starting line-up. We've had so many injuries.”
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Yarmouth are delighted to be leading the way in the division at the start of a new year. “Top of the heap - that's way ahead of where we thought we would be,” Tong laughed. “That's a bonus really. Our aim is to finish in the top three. That's a tall order and we're keeping our feet on the ground.
“Our boys are playing well, we had a hiccough at Thetford on Tuesday [1-1 draw] but credit to them for their commitment and effort.
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“The Thetford game proved we're there to be shot at, which is a new challenge for the players.
“We're not really ruthless enough at the moment - we must kill teams off. Having said that, the lads have been tremendous. It's a blend of youth and experience,” added Tong, who hopes to complete the signing of a Premier Division centre-half tomorrow.
He sees several teams in the frame for the top places at the end of the season such as Halstead, Clacton, Gorleston and Brantham. “Everyone laughed when I said my tip was Halstead but they won this weekend and are coming up on the rails,” he said.
Next up for Yarmouth is a home league game against Swaffham on Saturday before playing Wroxham in the League Cup the following Tuesday.
In the only Ridgeons Reserve League North game to survive, Diss Town's second XI were beaten 4-1 at their Leiston counterparts.
Diss played very well in the first half but Leiston's superior fitness told in the second period. The Tangerines settled quickly and it was against the run of play that Leiston tok the lead through Chris Sillett.
The Tangerines equalised when Aaron Bunn caught a corner and threw the ball out to Olly Verrell near halfway.
He played a perfect pass for Kirk Bardsley to collect and run towards goal and shoot home. But Leiston netted again when a free-kick was not cut out by the Diss defence and Michael Brothers turned and shot in from an acute angle from four yards out.
Leiston's Sillett netted from close range in the 84th minute to a cross from Brothers. Four minutes into added time Chris Palmer rounded Bunn to shoot in.
In the Reserve South Division Brantham Athletic Reserves beat their Cornard visitors 9-0. All other games in the division were postponed.
In the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Haverhill Reserves also went goal crazy with a 9-2 win over Stowmarket.