Norwich United 2, Great Yarmouth Town 0

Two goals, one early in each half, condemned the Bloaters to defeat in Mike Derbyshire's first match in charge.

Tap-ins from Mustapha and Claydon won the points for the home side, but bad luck and poor finishing prevented Yarmouth from getting their own goals.

Luck seemed to go against Yarmouth as soon as they arrived at the stadium. An injury picked up in the warm-up forced Derbyshire to make changes to the starting line-up, K Bartley replacing McCarthy.

Yarmouth got off to the worse possible start after three minutes. A Norwich corner from the left side was palmed away only for Mustapha to turn in the rebound.

Norwich could have scored their second soon after as the home side dominated the early stages. A shot from the edge of the area hit the post.


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Bad luck struck again for Yarmouth minutes later. A corner to the Bloaters won on the left was cleared to Vide on the edge of the area, but he was poorly tackled, meaning the referee had to stop the game for treatment.

The lull in play didn't stop the game becoming end to end. After 15 minutes a Norwich shot from the left side was turned behind by Jessup.

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On 19 minutes Norwich were back on the attack. After good work on the right, the ball was rolled across the six-yard-box, but the Norwich striker fired his shot wide of the far post.

The next ten minutes belonged to the Bloaters. From the goal kick, Yarmouth had another chance. Norwich failed to deal with the bouncing ball, allowing Bartley to have two shots on goal. The first forcing a good save from the goalkeeper, the rebound being blocked for a corner, which was headed over the crossbar.

Yarmouth enforced their dominance as Roscoe had two consecutive shots from the edge of the area. The first when Vide rolled the ball to him, the shot being saved. The second when Morgan knocked the ball to him, but this time the shot was over the crossbar.

But Norwich weren't going to allow Yarmouth to attack continuously until half-time. After breaking up another attack from the Bloaters, Norwich counter-attacked. But Jessup came to Yarmouth's rescue by turning a header at the far post over the crossbar.

The move turned the momentum of the game with Norwich having three more chances before half-time. The first two being shots from the right that missed the target, the other when a corner won on the right was headed over the crossbar.

• Norwich United 1, Great Yarmouth Town 0

Yarmouth made an enforced change at the start of the second half, Haddleton coming on for the injured Vide.

It didn't stop Norwich getting their second goal. On 50 minutes a cross from the left was turned in at the near post by Claydon.

The hosts could have got a third soon after as they controlled the early part of the half. A through ball sent a Norwich player through one-on-one with Jessup, but his shot was fired wide of the far post.

Another chance for the home team came on the hour mark after a free kick floated into the area was volleyed towards goal, Jessup turning it behind.

Yarmouth struggled to regain any control and failed to trouble the goalkeeper. The closest they got was a shot from Clark that was blocked.

After 75 minutes both sides realised the game was over as a contest, with Norwich retaining possession with neither goalkeeper forced to save many shots.

But another injury problem forced Yarmouth into a final subsitiution after 78 minutes, Addy coming on for Bartley, who was struggling from cramp.

There was one final chance before the end of the game for Norwich, with a through ball finding a striker in the box, whose shot was saved by Jessup.

• Yarmouth: (3-5-2) J Jessup; S Bartley, G Spooner, J Page; J Clark, J Miller, R Catchpole (C), L Roscoe, F Vide (D Haddleton, 45); K Bartley (S Addy, 78), B Morgan. Unused Subs: None.

• Attendance: 92

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