Butler’s final match as Gorleston manager ends in frustrating draw

An Ely City defender finds a curious wayof stopping Connor Ingram during Saturday's 3-3 draw. Pictur

An Ely City defender finds a curious wayof stopping Connor Ingram during Saturday's 3-3 draw. Picture: David Hardy. - Credit: Archant

A controversial late equaliser denied Ricci Butler all three points in his final game as boss.

Butler made three changes from the 2-1 defeat at Ipswich with Harley Clements and Alex Kounnas out and Elliott Hannant dropped to the bench. In came Charlie Hitch, Jack Garrod and Connor Ingram.

The Greens couldn’t have got off to a better start, taking the lead in the fifth minute when a Joel Watts cross was perfect for Peter Lambert to rise and plant a firm header past Harry Reynolds.

The hosts equalised in the 16th minute when Kyle Ingram rose to clear a deep free-kick but the ball looped up off his head and over keeper Taurean Molloy into the goal.

Seven minutes later Gorleston should have regained the advantage when Lambert read the bounce of the ball better than a defender and slid in Connor Ingram but for once Ingram’s finishing let him down.

But Gorleston got their noses back in front in the 31st minute. A free-kick was played into the box and although Lambert saw his shot blocked the ball fell nicely for Luke Goreham to volley home.

Ely equalised for the second time with a minute remaining of the half. The Greens lost the ball in midfield and a quick ball over the top found Goodge who thumped it past Molloy.

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The hosts began the second half brighter and had Gorleston on the back foot but the visitors held firm and put themselves in front for the third time in the 62nd minute when Ingram was played through the middle ande tucked the ball past the keeper.

The Robins kept up the pressure however and with a minute of normal time remaining came their third equaliser, and a little confusion and controversy came with it.

The ball had been played into the Gorleston box and was half cleared, leaving a defender dazed on the deck. The referee allowed play to go on and the ball was crossed back into the box where Molloy and a striker rose to try and get it. The referee’s whistle sounded, then the ball found the head of Sam Reed who finished it well into the roof of the net.

It was tough on the Greens although a draw was the right result as they hadn’t done enough to win it.

Gorleston: Molloy, Hitch (Wooldridge 90), Goreham, Deeks, Burrage, Foreman, Ingram, Lambert, Garrod, Ingram, Watts (Pinheiro 80).