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Joint managers: Ian Griffin and Mark Scales

Aug. 27

Lowestoft T



Bell (p.), Reed, Roscoe

Sep. 3




Godbold 2 This game to be replayed

Sep. 11

Wroxham (FAYCp)



Bell (p.), Brett

Sep. 18

Fakenham (RYC)



Brett 3, Reed 2, McAra, Roscoe, Hatton, Bell, Maitland

Oct. 1




Roscoe, Bartley

Oct. 8




Reed 2, Smith, Brett, Bartley, Sisse, McAra

Oct. 15

Gorleston (RYC)



Brett, Bartley, Smith, Sewell, Reed (p.)

Oct. 23

Bungay T



McAra, Reed

Oct. 29




Match abandoned - injury to Cromer goalkeeper

Nov. 6

Harford Tor.



Match postponed - wet pitch

Nov. 19




McAra, Reed, Brett

Nov. 26





Dec. 3





Dec. 11

North Walsham T




Dec. 16





Wednesday 19th November 2008


The under 18's weren't at their best but did enough to comfortably beat Dereham 3-1 with goals from Charlie McAra, Jake Reed and Richard Brett. This was the Bloaters’ first game in three weeks since the unfortunate abandonment against Cromer on the 29th October. So with tough games coming up it was good to get back playing again and to blow away any cobwebs.

Yarmouth got off to the best possible start as with only four minutes on the clock McAra scored a terrific volley from just inside the box following a good cross by Dominic Smith and a flick on from Reed. Reed, on the back of signing a contract with the Bloaters at the weekend, then added to his good goalscoring form by firing in after 14 minutes. The game petered out a bit thereafter but the Dereham ‘keeper did produce a number of good saves to keep his team in it. And Dereham got themselves right back into the game with a goal on the stroke of half time. Although it was a good strike the disappointing thing was that it was a defensive error that gave Dereham the opportunity to go in at half time on a high.

Yarmouth started the second half just as they did the first and soon increased their lead, this time Brett finishing off the move of the game. Tom Gardiner took a touch and passed to Smith who played the ball through the centre half and right back for Joe Bell to take the ball to the by line and pull it back for Brett who then had the easiest of tap-ins. Yarmouth had the lion’s share of possession and with better finishing and a lesser-able opposition ‘keeper could have won by a greater margin.

Joint manager Mark Scales commented: "It was just good to play; we had a match on  29th October and that was for only 40 minutes. We then had a free week, and then hearing Harford had called last week’s game off was disappointing.


“We have an important month coming up which sees us play a double header against Lowestoft in the league and cup respectively, and both at home. We then have North Walsham away which is a very important top of the table clash and then Wroxham.


“Going into the Lowestoft game without having played for a month would not have been ideal. The lay off certainly showed as we weren't at our best and we will have to perform a lot better if we want to find ourselves in a month’s time still challenging at the top of the league and with a quarter final place in the cup."


Squad: Tommy Brice, Carl Hatton, Simeon Lee, Sam Watts, Marcus Godbold, Joe Bell, Lee Roscoe, Dominic Smith, Charlie McAra, Jake Reed & Richard Brett. Subs: Tom Gardiner (46 mins for Lee), Joaquim Sisse (65 mins for Reed ), Jacob Maitland (27 mins for McAra). Unused: Declan Harvey and Eddie Short.

Wednesday 29th October 2008
Bloaters U18's 8, Cromer Town U18's 0 
(Goals: Jake Reed 10, 25, 30, 42 Lee Roscoe 3, Dominic Smith 15, Kieran Bartley 20 & Richard Brett 35)
Match abandoned after 42 minutes

Yarmouth Squad: Tom Brice, Declan Harvey, Jo Bell, Tom Gardiner, Sam Watts, Kieran Bartley, Charlie McAra, Dominiic Smith, Lee Roscoe, Jake Reed & Richard Brett Subs: Kyle Harvey, Cherno Bari, Jo Hill, Simeon Lee & Eddie Short

The Bloaters were up against rock-bottom side Cromer Town F.C. Unfortunately, the game had to be abandoned after an injury, which looked to be a broken collar bone, to the visiting 'keeper in the 42nd minute. The injury came when Yarmouth scored their eighth goal of the evening. No one was at fault for this accident and the referee allowed the goal to stand. Yarmouth's Jake Reed and the keeper collided when they both went for the ball; it looked as though the fall is what injured the keeper as Reed just got to the ball before the keeper and knocked it over him. "Injuries to young players are not what you want to see, and our thoughts go out to the Cromer keeper and all involved with Yarmouth Town wish the lad a speedy and healthy recovery" said joint manager Mark Scales.

Yarmouth started the game with great energy and one intention, and that was goals. With a game in hand on league leaders North Walsham but nine goals behind them in goal difference it was clear some headway in this respect could be gained. And the young Bloaters didn't disappoint. With a goal coming every five minutes and with an 8-0 lead at the time of the unfortunate incident, Yarmouth were flying. The goals came from Jake Reed 4, Lee Roscoe, Kieran Bartley, Dominic Smith & Richard Brett and at this point Yarmouth were unstoppable. Reed could do no wrong in front of goal and goal and Brett was unstoppable in creating chances, of the eight scored Richard got one and set five up. Dominic Smith, Lee Roscoe and Kieran Bartley dictated the midfield and young Declan Harvey came in at right back and performed well in his first appearance for the club. And all this in 42 minutes!

However, all this was to no avail and the game will have to be played again at a later date. The question is: will Yarmouth be able to put Cromer to the sword again or will we see a different Cromer?

Thursday 23rd October 2008



“The conditions will be a leveller”. How often have we heard those words before a game when the weather is less than favourable? Ian Griffin’s warning before this game was never more apt. In conditions in which you would hesitate to send a Black Dog out, never mind a Bloater – strong, squally wind and rain - Yarmouth produced a below-par performance against the second-worst defence in the Division.


They had to thank Jake Reed for a last-ditch winner which secured all three points when at one time even one point looked in doubt. Having dominated the attacking possession, Yarmouth had gone ahead near the interval, but conceded what would have been a comical goal had it not been so vital to Bungay’s cause. On chances, Yarmouth should have been well ahead by then but the home ‘keeper was having a brilliant game.


Bungay, who had suffered heavy home defeats by Gorleston and Kirkley, two teams that Yarmouth have beaten heavily recently, threatened first with a shot that beat Tommy Brice but was cleared off the line by Tom Gardiner. Richard Brett worked hard up front and won a corner after 15 minutes that lead to two quick goal-line clearances at the other end.


With the wind and rain on their backs, Yarmouth won numerous corners but the Bungay ‘keeper was in excellent form, even holding on to a strong Ross Catchpole shot from 30 yards. Reed was also thwarted when the ‘keeper brought down his clever lobbed effort.


With the rain temporarily absent, Yarmouth finally took the lead after 37 minutes when Reed’s shot was beaten out by the home stopper but Charlie McAra was onto it in a flash and sent the ball to the far corner. That should have opened the floodgates (appropriate given the rain) but when Sam Watts and Kieran Bartley set up Reed the shot went wide. Reed then had a goal disallowed for offside and Yarmouth went into the half-time respite with a lot to do in the second half.


Bungay missed a great chance to equalise on 50 minutes, then the home ‘keeper was at it again, going down at the near post to save at the feet of Lee Roscoe. Chances came and went for both sides as the weather resumed its worst, but on 80 minutes disaster befell the Yarmouth defence as Brice tried to cut out a weak back pass but a Bungay forward beat him to the ball and scored with his shot from the edge of the area.


The home side were spurred by this turn of fortune and attacked with gusto, the number seven shooting into the side netting. But Yarmouth, too, desperately sought the winner and Watts headed wide form a free kick before Reed finally found the target in the second minute of added time, lashing home a high volley.


With North Walsham also having trouble in beating Wroxham 4-3, it’s as-you-were at the top.


Team – Tommy Brice, Sam Watts, Jo Bell, Tommy Gardiner, Simeon Lee, Lee Roscoe, Charlie McAra, Ross Catchpole, Jake Reed, Richard Brett, Kieran Bartley. Subs: Carl Hatton (for Bell, 51), Cherno Bari (for Roscoe, 65), Joaquim Sisse (for Brett, 75).

Attendance - 25

Wednesday 15th Oct.
Ridgeons Youth Cup Round 1
Richard Brett opened the scoring after 22 minutes with a cute reverse shot after taking the ball across the area, beating Orrin Pride's right hand and sending the ball into the bottom corner.
Charlie McAra had to go off with a recurrence of an injury picked up in last Saturday's Reserves game, Dominic Smith replacing. Smith immediately had a chance with a header that ran along the line but was cleared at the back post. Jake Reed than watched as his stooping header was fractionally too high.
Kieran Bartley made it 2-0 after 33 minutes with a left-foot shot across Pride that went in off the back post. Bloaters' 'keeper Tommy Brice had little to do but did excel with an acrobatic double touch near the interval.
Adam Sewell replaced Lee Roscoe at the break but it was Smith who scored the all-important third goal which just about killed off the game, a reward for perseverance after 57 minutes.
Yarmouth made their third substitution on the hour, Simeon Lee replacing Marcus Godbold, and a few minutes later it was 4-0 as Sewell scored with a cheeky lob from the left touchline!
Gorleston pulled one back after 75 minutes with a penalty by ex-Bloater Tom Woodrow, but two minutes later Yarmouth had a penalty of their own and Reed at last earned some reward for all his hard work and persistence with a confident spot-kick.

Joint manager Mark Scales said: "I was pleased with the performance and the attitude of the players; we only made one change to the starting eleven from last week, as the players fully deserved another opportunity after beating Kirkley and Pakefield so convincingly the week before. They didn't disappoint and with such a good squad and quality players ready to step in, everyone is certainly being kept on their toes".

Gorleston - Orrin Pride, Andy Hemp, Thomas Jermy, Thomas Woodrow, Harley Clements, Elliot Hannant, Callum Jones, Joe Gunton-Jones, Chris Southern, Lawrence Taylor, Ryan Gowing. Subs: Lewis Parr, Ian Holmes, Brandon Ingram & Sam Ingram.
Yarmouth - Tommy Brice, Sam Watts, Jo Bell, Tom Gardiner, Marcus Godbold, Lee Roscoe, Charlie McAra, Ross Catchpole, Jake Reed, Richard Brett, Kieran Bartley. Subs: Dominic Smith (for McAra, 28), Adam Sewell (for Lee Roscoe, 46), Simeon Lee (for Marcus Godbold, 60), Carl Hatton & Joaquim Sisse.
Attendance - 62

Wednesday 7th October 2008


The Bloaters entertained Kirkley & Pakefield at the Wellesley in a top of the table clash between two of the three teams with a 100% league record.


Yarmouth started off with great urgency and a purpose in their play. What transpired was the Bloaters best performance of the season and a resounding 7-0 victory against a usually very good side.


Kirkley had no answer to Yarmouth's play and had to endure attack after attack before conceding the first of a magnificent seven in the 16th minute when Jake Reed headed home a wonderful Kieran Bartley cross at the back post.


Yarmouth welcomed back Dominic Smith after injury and in the 24th minute he scored a delightful free kick, firing over the wall and off a post to leave the keeper with no chance.


On 30 minutes Richard Brett scored arguably the goal of the game: after collecting a pass from Marcus Godbold on the chest, Brett turned to hit a volley into the top corner from distance.


The second half didn't get much better for Kirkley and they got off to the worst possible start, conceding straight from kick off: Jake Reed won the ball and passed to Kieran who in turn lifted the ball over the Kirkley ‘keeper into the opposite corner.


Yarmouth were now rampant and it was clear Kirkley heads had dropped. Yarmouth pressure continued and they sensed more goals as Kirkley were there for the taking. It was great to see youngster Joaquim Sisse get on the score sheet, scoring his first competitive goal for the club, again with Kieran the provider.


Shortly after, Jake Reed got his second after rounding the keeper to tap in, before Charlie McAra rounded off proceedings with a goal that would have been harder to miss. Great credit went to Jake as he was on a hat-trick and could have scored himself, but he unselfishly put McAra in. Further goals could have followed but the over worked keeper managed to save Kirkley further embarrassment.


Joint manager Mark Scales commented: "That was a truly great performance which saw the team start to play to its potential; we were fully deserving of the score line, in fact it could have been more. It seemed as though every cross was a good one, every pass found a Yarmouth player and everything we hit went in. It doesn't always go like that but when it does it's very pleasing, especially against such good opponents. The team performance was outstanding and it was good to see Dom return from injury with no ill effect. However, of the many good performances one stood out and that was Lee Roscoe's. I thought he had a fantastic game."


Yarmouth – Tommy Brice, Carl Hatton, Joe Bell, Tommy Gardiner (c), Marcus Godbold, Lee Roscoe, Charlie McAra, Dominic Smith, Jake Reed, Richard Brett, Kieran Bartley. Subs. used: Joachim Sisse, Ross Catchpole, Simeon Lee. Subs. Not used: Cherno Bari, Sam Watts.

Attendance - 35

Wednesday 1st October
Gorleston 1, Bloaters 2
A wonder strike from Kieran Bartley in the second minute of added time and just 30 seconds from the final whistle finally put a true reflection on a game in which Yarmouth had consistently created good chances. 
The Bloaters started the game strongly and really should have found themselves with a comfortable half time lead.  However, it was the Greens who opened the scoring with their first and only first half foray into the Bloaters box with a deserved penalty, which was won by Callum Jones and well dispatched by Ryan Gowing. 
Yarmouth had a shot kicked off the  Greens' line, then saw a shot hit the bar and they missed numerous good chances before Lee Roscoe headed in a more than-deserved equaliser from a 39th minute Jo Bell corner.
The second half was a more even affair, Jake Reed hit the bar with a rising shot following good work by Richard Brett, and Simeon Lee and SamWatts both were thwarted by some resolute defending.  Yarmouth were pressing for the win but in the last ten minutes Gorleston could quite easily have taken the lead themselves, first Harry Stanley saving when faced with a one on one and then the woodwork this time saving the Bloaters. 
With both teams still creating chances in the latter stages of the game and no sign of a goal coming, it was clearly going to take something special to win the game.  And that's exactly what we got with the winner coming from the right boot of Bartley who looked up from 30 yards out and aimed a looping shot for goal with the ball dropping right under the bar with everyone expecting it to just clear the goal. A tremendous finish by any standards! 
Joint manager Mark Scales said: "I'm pleased for the team and for Kieran; to score such a great winner at that time in the game will be something he'll always remember.  Gorleston played their part in a good game and whilst all involved with Yarmouth were overjoyed, I can't imagine how the Gorleston players must have felt with the winner coming so late in the game.  We face Gorleston again in the cup on Wednesday 15th and no doubt this will be another close match, which we are certainly looking forward to".
Yarmouth - Harry Stanley, Sam Watts, Joe Bell, Tommy Gardiner, Simeon Lee, Ross Carchpole, Charlie McAra, Lee Roscoe, Jake Reed, Richard Brett, Marcus Godbold. Subs used: Kieran Bartley, Jacob Maitland, Kyle Harvey. Subs not used: Carl Hatton, Declan Harvey.
Attendance - 124

Thursday 18th September 2008
Ridgeons Youth Cup, Preliminary Round
Fakenham 0 (0) (3) 10 Yarmouth
Richard Brett (70, 72, 87), Jake Reed (14, 44) , Carl Hatton (12), Lee Roscoe (46),Joe Bell (67), Jacob Maitland (82) & Charlie McAra (80)

Squad: Harry Stanley, Sam Watts (c), Joe Bell, Tom Gardiner, Carl Hatton , Jacob Maitland , Charlie McCara, Lee Roscoe, Kieran Bartley, Jake Reed, Joaquim Sisse - Subs: Richard Brett (46 for Jake Reed), Simeon Lee (46 for Carl Hatton), Declan Harvey (70 for Kieran Bartley) NU: Eddie Short & Ross Catchpole

A comfortable passage into the next round of the Ridgeons League Cup was gained thanks to a commanding Bloaters performance away to Fakenham Town. Carl Hatton opened the scoring with a cross come shot that sailed over the keeper from distance in the 12th minute. Two minutes later and Jake Reed opened his account, coolly rounding the keeper to fire home. On the stroke of half time Jake scored his second with a cracker, with a clever shimmy, Reed left the defender for dead before slotting the ball past the advancing keeper.
With the 'Ghosts' going in at the break three goals down, it was important for them to step up a gear, however, it wasn't to be and within a minute of the restart Lee Roscoe converted a splendid Charlie McAra cross with a great back post header. Thereafter, things didn't get much better for Fakenham and on the hour things got even worse, with a double sending off within 10 minutes of each other. The first for abusive language and the next for two bookable offences.
Quite understandably, thereafter the pressure on Fakenham was relentless, so much so that a further six goals followed. Jo Bell curled a left footer in to the top corner from a short corner. Charlie McAra slid the ball past the keeper when one on one. Jacob Maitland fired in after the keeper initially saved a Richard Brett effort and then one from Simeon Lee.
Richard Brett then got in on the act and after coming on as a second half substitute scored a quality hat-trick with three goals of the highest order.
Joint manager Mark Scales said that the performance was pleasing and that it was good for some of the younger members of the squad to gain some vital experience. "The game was all over by half time, but Fakenham were left with a mountain to climb after having two players sent off. Despite the sending offs the game was played in good spirits and wasn't a heated affair.
"Fakenham, to their credit, kept going until the end but we were in good form and playing against nine just made our task a lot easier. Youngster Joaquim Sisse continues to impress and this game saw a competitive debut for Declan Rudd. Eddie Short was an unused sub but he gained the experience of being with the squad and his opportunity will come shortly."

Thursday 11th August 2008

FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round


The Bloaters faced a tricky game away to league rivals Wroxham in the Preliminary Round of the FA Youth Cup. The game was a heated, hard fought affair with Yarmouth eventually running out 2-0 winners.


Yarmouth started brightly and had the better of the early exchanges, with Jake Reed going close on a couple of occasions. It wasn't long before Wroxham created chances of their own, one effort coming back off a post, but they found Bloaters keeper Harry Stanley in inspired form.


With chances being created at both ends in this pulsating cup tie, it was Yarmouth who broke the deadlock with a Joe Bell penalty after 18 minutes. Charlie McCara won the penalty after he was brought down by the Wroxham keeper, who in doing so prevented what looked a certain goal. Being in goal for the actual spot kick was a plus for the Wroxham ‘keeper who could have easily been sent off. However, Bell is lethal from the spot and his outstanding consistency was maintained with another coolly taken strike.


Stanley produced two more great saves to ensure Yarmouth went in leading at half time, the pick being a close-range save from a header by Ben Latimer who was left unmarked six yards out.


Yarmouth started the second period as they did the first and created a number of chances. But Wroxham came back into it and put Yarmouth under considerable pressure for a time before the game evened out again and was a terrific one to watch.


In the 80th minute ex-Wroxham striker Richard Brett ensured Yarmouth a place in the next round after he scored a terrific rising volley which left the keeper no chance. Great credit goes to Kieran Bartley, who produced a great run and pull back to create the opening.


Two minutes later and Wroxham midfielder Liam Baker was sent off for saying something to the referee and Yarmouth from then on dominated possession and could have quite easily extended their lead. Reed had the ball in the net but for the second time in nine days at Wroxham saw his effort cancelled out for an offside decision.


Things boiled over after the final whistle with Wroxham having a further player sent off and another booked, both again for remonstrating with the referee, but this was a good win for the Bloaters who, as last year, now meet Histon at home in the next round on Wednesday 24th September.


Squad: Harry Stanley, Sam Watts (c), Joe Bell, Tom Gardiner, Simeon Lee, Ross Catchpole, Charlie McCara, Lewis Popham, Jake Reed, Kieran Bart5ley, Joaquim Sisse. Subs: Richard Brett (65 for Joaquim Sisse), Carl Hatton (46 for Simeon Lee), Jacob Maitland (60 for Lewis Popham), Lee Roscoe not used.
Attendance: 43

Wednesday 3rd September


Real chances were at a premium in a disappointing first half. Yarmouth had the best of the half and Jake Reed had a couple of openings but failed to convert them while a United free kick outside the box was blocked by the Yarmouth wall. The United defence somehow survived a goalmouth melee just before the break.


All the goal action was reserved for the second half when Marcus Godbold netted twice to seal the Bloaters’ second win of the season. The first, a tap-in after the Norwich ‘keeper had kept a near-post header out, came in the 72nd minute. A United equaliser came from Adam Blanch six minutes later: the Norwich number ten ran at the home defence, rode two challenges and calmly beat Harry Stanley in the Bloaters’ goal. Godbold then headed his second from a Sam Watts free kick in the 82nd minute to wrap up the points for the home side.


Team – Harry Stanley, Carl Hatton, Marcus Godbold, Tommy Gardiner, Sam Watts (c), Jacob Maitland, Lee Roscoe, Lewis Popham, Jake Reed, Richard Brett, Joe Bell. Subs: Declan Harvey, Ross Catchpole (for Roscoe, 56), Kieran Bartley (for Maitland 46), Simeon Lee (for Bell 58), Joaquim Sisse.

Wednesday 27th August


An end-to end game opened with chances at both ends, Yarmouth ‘keeper Harry Stanley taking a high catch and striker Jacob Maitland firing wide of the back post. As the game settled down, Yarmouth showed more composure on the ball and their greater experience shone through.


The Bloaters took the lead just after the half-hour mark when a Lowestoft handball led to a penalty being awarded, and Joe Bell struck the spot kick emphatically into the roof of the net. Two minutes later and it was 2-0: a delightful spell of one-touch football down the left-hand side ended with a foul on Dominic Smith. Smith himself took the kick which was dropped by home ‘keeper Craig Longford but seized upon instantly by Jake Reed who flashed the ball home.


The Blues’ Jon Lovelock made it 2-1 at the far post after a free kick was angled towards him after 37 minutes.


Yarmouth captain Adam Sewell, who had earlier suffered a painful finger injury, was booked for a foul soon after the interval and was then replaced by Lewis Popham. Yarmouth used their substitutes well, and Lee Roscoe went on for Joe Bell and scored with his first touch from a Maitland free kick in the 71st minute.


Further saves followed at both ends and Lowestoft substitute Connor Barrett hit a post in time added on, when Yarmouth could have made it 4-1 but for a miss by Kieran Bartley who had replaced Ross Catchpole.


A good start by Yarmouth whose defeat in the final fixture here last season robbed them of the title.


Yarmouth – Harry Stanley, Carl Hatton, Marcus Godbold, Sam Watts, Tom Gardiner, Adam Sewell (c), Ross Catchpole, Dominic Smith, Jake Reed, Jacob Maitland, Joe Bell. Subs: Declan Harvey (n/u), Joe Hill (n/u), Lewis Popham, Lee Roscoe, Kieran Bartley.