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Afternoon to forget for Gorleston as visitors win 7-0

PUBLISHED: 09:46 29 December 2017

Coggeshall pile on the pressure at Emerald Park on Saturday. Picture: David Hardy

Coggeshall pile on the pressure at Emerald Park on Saturday. Picture: David Hardy

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Gorleston suffered their heaviest league defeat at Emerald Park at the hands of high-flying Coggeshall.

The Essex side came in to the match having not lost in the league since the beginning of September and having scored 13 goals in their previous three matches.

They were on top from the start and disaster struck for Gorleston after nine minutes. Molloy came out to take a free kick midway inside his own half and slipped as he kicked it, with the ball falling fell to a Coggeshall player just inside the visitors’ half. He struck it goalwards and after two failed attempts to clear the ball fell nicely to Ross Wall who lobbed it home from distance.

Gorleston came close to equalising midway through the half when the ball fell to Ismael Fatadjo who shot goalwards but a defender had got back to cover.

The visitors doubled their lead in the 31st minute when a throw was missed by all, allowing Tom Monk to break through the middle and slot the ball past Molloy.

Two similar goals in two minutes leading up to the break put paid to any Gorleston hopes. Monk had the freedom to run through the middle and tuck the ball past Molloy and then Wall all too easily got through and slotted home.

The Greens found themselves five down within 45 seconds of the restart when a low cross from the right found Wall arriving at the back post to complete his hat-trick.

Gorleston responded with a low Kyle Ingram shot bringing out a save low down from the Coggeshall keeper. The ball bounced out to Ross Gilfedder six yards out but he blazed the shot over.

The visitors increased their lead further on the hour mark with a nice passing move which ended with Wall scoring his fourth of the match. With three minutes left Gorleston’s afternoon was complete when a Coggeshall corner saw Molloy attempt to punch the ball away but he somehow managed to knock it backwards into his own goal.

The defeat equalled the scoreline at the hands of Sudbury Town in February, 1990, while the Greens conceded eight at home when they lost 1-8 to Arsenal A back in 1948.

Gorleston: Molloy, Clements, Goreham, Hannant (Lambert 62), Taylor, French (Shade 56), Ingram (McKay 68), Ramm, Gilfedder, Fatadjo, Watts. Attendance: 90

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