Ingram pops up to net deserved late equaliser for Gorleston
PUBLISHED: 09:49 22 December 2017
An injury-time Kyle Ingram goal gave Gorleston a deserved point at Haverhill.
The Greens showed five changes to the side that went out of the Vase a fortnight earlier with Harley Clements, Alex Kounnas, Elliott Hannant, Ross Gilfedder and Ismael Fatadjo coming in.
Rovers had suggested earlier in the week that the game be switched to the 3G pitch which is normally home to Haverhill Borough, who were away. This proved a wise move as the grass pitch was unplayable.
The hosts settled the quickest on the artificial surface and went ahead in the fifth minute.
A low cross from the left didn’t look like it would cause too many issues until Elliott Hannant stuck out a leg to try and hook it away. The ball screwed off his foot past Taurean Molloy and into the net off the base of the post.
The Greens got their first effort in on target after Gilfedder was upended 20 yards out and Ingram’s resultant free-kick was fisted away by Charlie Turner.
Fatadjo saw a low effort fingertipped wide although Haverhill broke from the resulting corner and Molloy was forced into a save, denying Mitchell Burr.
The Greens began the second half better, with Fatadjo looking the danger.
On the hour, Kounnas won the ball strongly in midfield and burst forward but Turner raced from his goal to stop him.
Fatadjo’s cross was plucked out of the air by Turner with Gilfedder poised to pounce before an excellent Ingram ball put Fatadjo in on goal but he couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet.
The hosts had to play the game out with 10 men after Harry Halls limped off, with Rovers having used all their subs.
As the game entered stoppage time, Gorleston finally grabbed their deserved equaliser.
After Kounnas was fouled on the edge of the box, close to the byline, substitute Mitch McKay played in the free-kick but it was cleared by the first defender. McKay retrieved the ball and played it back in to Ingram who worked the opening and drilled the ball from an angle into the net.
The Greens could then have snatched the win when Fatadjo was sent through, only to be denied by some brave goalkeeping.
Gorleston: Molloy, Clements, Kounnas, Hannant (McKay 73), Taylor, French (Cottingham 85), Ingram, Ramm, Gilfedder, Fatadjo, Watts.