Great Yarmouth Town 1, Woodbridge Town 8
Great Yarmouth ended the year with their heaviest defeat of the season to mid table Woodbridge Town.
Goals by Liam Scopes and Tom Trevivian before half-time combined with strikes from Mark Roper and a Ross Gilfedder hat-trick opened a seven goal advantage before Charlie McAra tapped in a consolation and Ben Seaman restored the goal advantage.
Preparations were far from ideal as manager Mike Derbyshire was absent from the dugout due to a family issue, with assistant Lee Henwood taking charge
and it showed as Woodbridge created numerous chances from the opening minute, with a low shot from Trevivian forcing a good save off Cudden.
Three minutes later Woodbridge thought they had scored after Gilfedder's strike rebounded to Laws to poke home from an offside position. Hubbard and Gilfedder also had attacking moves prematurely halted by the lineman's flag.
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The pressure was made to count after 13 minutes when a short corner was crossed to the near post for Liam Scopes to head in. Just a minute later it was two when Hubbard capitalised on a mix up in the Yarmouth defence, rounded Cudden, and set up Gilfedder to side foot into the net.
Yarmouth's first flurry forward came on 29 minutes as Hurren diverted Vide's cross straight at the goalkeeper.
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But the first half belonged to Woodbridge with the away team dominating possession and number of chances, with Hubbard having a header blocked on the line and Allen and Berry firing wide
And Woodbridge got their third as substitute Seaman was given space to find Gilfedder to tap in his second of the game.
Yarmouth's best chance came just before half-time when Crux stole the ball off a defender and crossed for Hurren, who fired against the goalkeeper and upright in quick succession.
Instead Woodbridge broke in the only minute of stoppage time with Churchyard finding Trevivian to tap in.
The goal scoring didn't stop after the interval and it was five when Berry's shot was parried to Trevivian who headed goalwards from six yards out. On 57 minutes it was six when a quickly taken free kick found Churchyard to cross for Roper to header in, and the seventh goal was scored when after good work on the right Gilfedder fired the ball under Cudden and into the far corner to complete his hat-trick.
With fifteen minutes remaining Yarmouth got their consolation goal when a counter attacking move found Hurren on the right with space and time to cross for substitute McAra to backheel low into the net.
But three minutes later Seaman restored the seven goal advantage, firing into the bottom corner after a one-two with Berry.
It could have been even worse as with eight minutes remaining Gilfedder's 30-yard volley rattled the crossbar before dropping behind for a goal kick, and with three minutes left Cudden turned a Stafford shot behind for a corner that lead to nothing.
• Great Yarmouth Town: Ben Cudden, Nathan Kemp, Regan Harman (Bernardo Junior, 46), Olly McCarthy, Sam Giacomelli, Simeon Lee, Mark Allen, George Barnden (Philip Watkins, 61), Neil Hurren, Leighton Crux, Fernando Vide (Charlie McAra, 50). Unused Subs: Marian Jobbagy, Vida Formoso.
Bookings: Watkins (71)
Goals: McAra (76)
• Woodbridge Town: Tom Sills, Ryan Stafford, Connor Cranmor, Tom Trevivian (Billy Commis, 66), Liam Scopes, Mark Roper, Aaron Churchyard, Darius Laws (Ben Seaman, 25), Ross Gilfedder, Paul Berry, Jay Hubbard. Unused Subs: Chris Norris.
Goals: Scopes (13), Gilfedder (14, 43, 61), Trevivian (45, 50), Roper (57), Seaman (79)
• Attendance: 115