A measure of revenge as Greens complete comfortable success to keep up pressure
PUBLISHED: 17:01 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 22 March 2017
Gorleston kept up the pressure on the top three and gained some revenge for defeat in Melford a month ago.
Ricci Butler made four changes from the midweek defeat at leaders Mildenhall. Out went Kyle Ingram, George Yusuff, Peter Oldham and Connor Ingram with starts going to Damon Wise, Isaac Burrage, Keegan Middleton and Jack Garrod.
The Greens took the lead in the 15th minute. A searching ball from Isaac Burrage picked out Middleton. He slipped but the ball fell to Baker who slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.
Middleton picked out a Joel Watts run and he slotted the ball into the net only to be denied by what must have been a tight offside decision.
The keeper then denied Middleton again, three minutes before the break, with an excellent low fingertip save.
Garrod had the first effort of the second half but again the shot was straight to the keeper.
Next it was Molloy’s turn to pull off possibly the save of the match in the 49th minute to deny the visitors an equaliser.
Somehow Michael Runicles found himself free in front of goal about four yards out. He looked certain to score but Molloy reacted superbly to fingertip the ball wide of the post.
The Greens extended their lead in the 61st minute. Baker won the ball on the right and crossed the ball into the area where Watts was unmarked to guide a header over the keeper and into the goal.
Melford headed over from a corner before Gorleston made sure of the points in the 70th minute when a Middleton free-kick from the left was played to the far post onto the head of Aaron Taylor who planted it into the net for his first goal of the season.
The match sponsor awarded the Batemans man of the match to Luke Goreham.
Gorleston: Molloy, Clements, Wise, Short, Burrage, Taylor, Goreham, Watts (K Ingram), Garrod (C Ingram), Baker (Yusuff), Middleton.
The Reserves reached the final of the CS Morley Cup for the second season running after beating Waveney Reserves on penalties. The teams were locked at 3-3 with Gorleston goals from Hayden Ingram and two from Adam Thompson. Greens won the penalty shoot-out 4-2 and meet Attleborough Reserves in the final on April 25. Tomorrow the Reserves are at Horsford at 4pm.