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Tuesday 22nd July 2008


Lowestoft Town 2, Great Yarmouth 1


An excellent friendly work-out at Crown Meadow was played with great intensity and skill by both sides. Lowestoft, as was to be expected of last season’s FA Vase finalists, dominated the attacking exchanges but the Bloaters resisted with great spirit and team work which is becoming a bit if a trademark already this early in the season.

“The boys did well,” said joint manager Paul Tong, “and put together some quality play. They gave everything and did their utmost to win. We were very pleased with the performance, and Kieran’s goal was superbly taken.”

The Blues had the edge on experience, and Russell Stock and Gary McGee were a constant threat up front and both scored, with Carl Poppy and Reece Hunn raiding intelligently down the wings providing the crosses.

But Ollie Savage had an excellent game at left back and captain Johnny Watt made some telling tackles to halt the home side’s progress.

With both Yarmouth ‘keepers unavailable, Daniel Frost guested from local football and had a superb game, standing little chance with both the Lowestoft goals.

The first came after 24 minutes when McGee headed in from a Hunn cross. Home ‘keeper Andy Reynolds got down well to a Liam Bartley effort, then nicked a Darren Lamb cross off the head of Stewart Roach.

A Poppy free kick from the Yarmouth ‘D’ was blocked by the defensive wall and Adam Sullivan, always prepared to have a go, saw a long shot saved by Reynolds.

If anything the pace of the game, on a warm evening, stepped up after the break and Lowestoft went looking for a clinching second goal, perhaps from one of their many corners. Jose Vide came on for Roach and injected more pace into the Bloaters’  attack, combining well with Kieran Hack at times.

New man Ivany Cassoneca went on for Yarmouth and showed up well on the right with some tricky footwork, much in the style of Vide.

Yarmouth came under heavy fire for a spell but survived and got their reward when Bartley and Hack took advantage of some slack play in the home defence for Hack to shoot low past the Lowestoft ‘keeper with four minutes to go.

However, equality lasted all of sixty seconds as Stock got up to another cross to head past Frost.

Yarmouth – Daniel Frost, Johnny Watt (c), Ollie Savage, Dominic Smith, Toby Gorbould, Alan Darby, Darren Lamb, Adam Sullivan, Stewart Roach, Liam Bartley, Adam Sewell. Subs (all used): Bobby Hill, Simeon Lee, Kieran Hack, Jordan Hardy, Jose Vide, Ivany Cassoneca.

Lowestoft – Andy Reynolds, Sean Blowers, Jack Marsden, Dale Cockrill, Marcus Saunders, Neil Plaskett, Carl Poppy, Ross King, Russell Stock, Gary McGee, Reece Hunn. Subs: Richard Gillings, Craig Lewis, Dale Smith, Gary Williams, Joe Pike, Adey Rix.

Attendance - 233