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Pre-Season Match v Clyde

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Saturday 12th July 2008


Great Yarmouth 0, Clyde 4


No surprises in this result but for two thirds of the match Yarmouth held their full-time opponents and were looking comfortable. Indeed, the Bloaters created the first chance after only nine minutes when Stewart Roach headed a quickly-taken free kick over the bar. New Bloaters’ youngster Simeon Lee kicked a Pat Clarke shot off the line in the 38th minute, the best chance of the first half. But the Scottish Division One side upped their game after the  break and scored four times in the last 33 minutes as Yarmouth tired.

“It was a splendid experience for our young lads, especially the youth team players out there, and I’m proud of them," said Yarmouth joint-manager Paul Tong. "We really appreciate what Clyde have done in coming here and thank John Brown and his team; the afternoon reflected great credit on everybody.”

When the second half opened, Lee saw a long-range effort saved by Peter Cherrie but Clyde's new signing from Queens Park, Alan Trouten, then opened the scoring after 57 minutes, looping a shot over the advancing Michael Hilton. Five minutes later Clyde youngster Roddy MacLennan, who had just come on, finished off a move he started to really ensure the result was only going one way.

The substitutions then flooded in from both sides but Clyde benefitted most. Yarmouth's Alan Darby, in attempting to clear a cross, unfortunately steered the ball the wrong side of the post to make it 3-0 in the 78th minute, and MacLennan notched his second with an emphatic finish from a corner to complete the scoring with seven minutes to go.

There were smiles all round though, as the Wellesley’s new Legends Sports Bar, open for the first time, did a roaring trade and even had to send out for more beer, whilst treasurer Brian Smith was happy with the 284 gate.

The Under 9 tournament that preceded the main event was won by Norwich City Academy with the hosts, Yarmouth, coming a fine second.  

Yarmouth - Michael Hilton, Adam Sewell, Simeon Lee, Dominic Smith, Gareth Palmer, Alan Darby, Darren Lamb, Adam Sullivan (c), Stewart Roach, Nick Crawley, Mark Thompson. Subs (all used): Sam Watts, Liam Bartley, Bruno Correia, Robbie Oldham, Jose Vide, Olly Savage.

                Clyde – Cherrie, McGregor, Gibson, Higgins, Ohnesorge, Ruari MacLennan, Clarke, McKay, Kettlewell, Trouten, Brown. Subs (all used): Murch, McGowen, Hutton, Sean Connolly, McSwegan, Stephen Connolly, McCole, Roddy MacLennan.

                Referee – Andy Symonds. Attendance - 284


We have received the following comments by e-mail


From Paul: Hello, I just wanted to say what a great day I had yesterday when I came down (from Yorkshire) for the Clyde match. Because of where I live, I can't get to as many games as I'd like, so this was a great opportunity to see the lads which wasn't to be missed. Thanks to everyone concerned. I enjoyed the U-9's tournament beforehand-some good little players there! The Yarmy Barmy Army were great-they never stopped singing and their enthusiasm never dipped. I thought the first half was a bit scrappy from my own point of view, but I must give credit to your team who gave a very good account of themselves! I enjoyed the 2nd half much more as the game flowed better, and we imposed ourselves on the game. I think you've got a good little club there, and decent team. I'll be looking out for your results in the coming season, and hoping you have a successful one!


From Vera: Hi. My hubby and I decided to go and watch the team on Saturday playing.  Had a nice afternoon and the Legends Bar is looking great.

From Jim: On behalf of The Clyde Gypsy Army I would like to thank everyone connected to Great Yarmouth Town Football Club for their great hospitality and cheap drink! If only all teams could treat visiting supporters in this way. This also includes the very vocal Yarmy Barmy Army, with whom we had a good laugh. GYTFC - Keep up the good work and all the best for season 08/09

From Richard Duncan: I'd just like to thank Great Yarmouth Town FC for their outstanding hospitality on Saturday afternoon. Me and 2 others left Glasgow at 4am that morning to head down south. 420 miles and 8 hours later we were there - And it was 100% worth it!! Great Yarmouth is a lovely town with lovely people in it. I'll certainly be back, and I hope one day it would be with Clyde again! Your young fans must be commended for their enthuisiasm at the game. Their singing was top notch, if only more lads at 15/16 year old were like that!! It's all too easy to follow the big teams. But those lads certainly know who their local is! I'll be looking out for Great Yarmouths results this coming season and I wish you all the very best!