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Hockey defeat worst of season

PUBLISHED: 11:35 05 March 2009 | UPDATED: 13:12 03 July 2010

Gorleston 1, UEA XI 8

GORLESTON suffered their worst defeat of the season at the hands of their high-flying opponents, who on this performance must be strongly fancied to return to Division Two North East of the NE14 East Men's League from which they were relegated last season.

Gorleston 1, UEA XI 8

GORLESTON suffered their worst defeat of the season at the hands of their high-flying opponents, who on this performance must be strongly fancied to return to Division Two North East of the NE14 East Men's League from which they were relegated last season.

The problem as always with university teams is that this particular squad are all third-year graduates who will be leaving UEA this summer - so any promotion only benefits the UEA's II Xl who this season have found it hard to make any impression in Division Three, let alone against this Gorleston team who have already completed the double over them.

For the first 15 minutes there was nothing to chose between the two sides and little to warn of the visitors' deluge of goals to come.

Then UEA's tall centre-forward Andy Fletcher burst through the Gorleston defence on a skilful run. But just when Barney King thought he had done enough to narrow his angle, Andy flicked the ball over him and into the far corner of the net.

Four minutes later the students struck again, but this time it was Dean Monk who got the final touch to double their lead.

Half-time and no change. There was still plenty to play for, but two minutes later the result was sealed as Peter Morris drifted in on the blindside to give keeper King no chance.

Gorleston continued to keep the game open but the UEA counter-attacks were suddenly proving deadly.

First Mark Vaudin was adjudged to have deliberately eased Fletcher off the ball as he charged through on another run, and Peter Harding stepped up to convert the resultant penalty flick.

Then Morris scored again and Fletcher struck two in two minutes to complete his hat-trick and claim the MoM award.

Five minutes from time Gorleston's Russ Crawford followed up to score a consolation goal after Monty Raymond's shot had been stopped illegally on the line.

But the students rightfully had the last word as Sam Johnson on the final whistle got his name on the scoresheet to complete a memorable victory.

Next, Gorleston - who remain in fourth place in Division Three - travel to Taverham to take on what should be easier opposition in the form of the second from bottom club Norwich City III X1.

Push-back is at 11.30am and transport leaves the Albion at 10.15.

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