East coast clubs Gorleston and Great Yarmouth rising to the challenge
PUBLISHED: 16:11 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:11 19 January 2018
Is something stirring on the east coast?
In a season that has seen Norfolk clubs relegated to also-rans in the Premier Division, there are promising signs of a revival.
Great Yarmouth are currently unbeaten in five, with three wins and two draws to their name, while neighbours Gorleston have put together three straight wins under Stewart Larter, who returned to the club in October and initially struggled for results.
The Bloaters are at home to lowly Haverhill Borough today while Larter and Co travel to Long Melford.
Gorleston are 14th in the table on 39 points following their 2-0 win over Fakenham on Tuesday evening in a rearranged game while the Bloaters are four points behind them in 17th, having played the same number of games.
Great Yarmouth joint manager Adam Mason was delighted with last Saturday’s home win over Godmanchester, who had been on an excellent run of form.
“That was a professional performance,” he said. “We had a plan and the players executed it perfectly. There were solid performances all over from us, yes we needed Jack Whatmough and the back four to play well but you have to expect that against a side that haven’t lost in the league for three months. We are delighted, we had four 17-year-olds in the squad again and our unbeaten run goes on.”
Wroxham turned to Jamie Godbold to improve their fortunes and were rewarded with a 2-0 home win over FC Clacton last weekend. The Yachtsmen host Hadleigh United today, while Thetford are at home to Saffron Walden Town and Fakenham face Brantham Athletic at Clipbush Park, with new boss Andy Cunningham hoping their can cut out individual errors.
“I thought we more than matched Gorleston (in midweek) in the first half and were well in the game at the break, but again individual errors cost us,” he said.
In the First Division, Swaffham and King’s Lynn Town are without games. Norwich CBS are at home to Holland FC, Downham host Halstead, Diss are at home to Braintree and Norwich United travel to Whitton.