Goreham saves his best for last as Greens finish an excellent season in style
- Credit: Archant
Gorleston signed off a promising season in style with an emphatic win at Emerald Park.
Manager Ricci Butler made four changes from last week’s draw at Haverhill.
Skipper Harley Clements was replaced at right back by George Yusuff while Reece Hunn came in for Damon Wise at left back. Isaac Burrage filled in for Yusuff at centre back.
Kyle Ingram replaced Peter Oldham while Jack Garrod returned for the injured Connor Ingram.
Taurean Molloy had to make the first save in the 11th minute when Gorleston failed to deal with a long ball, allowing Alex Theobald to get a shot away.
But it was Gorleston’s first attempt that produced the opener three minutes later when Jacob Short’s shot from about 22 yards slipped through the goalkeeper’s grasp.
The Greens doubled the score in the 37th minute. Garrod’s cross from the left was cleared as far as Kyle Ingram, 22 yards out, and he placed a low drive into the bottom corner.
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Gorleston seemed to be comfortable and playing within themselves and made it three ten minutes into the second half. Short burst into the box on the left and squared the ball into the middle to where supporters’ player of the season Joel Watts was waiting to shoot through the keeper’s legs.
The game had been played in a sporting manner but took an unexpected turn in the 75th minute.
Garrod and Tom Williams tangled deep in the Ely half. Garrod retaliated and was shown a straight red card. But ten minutes from time Gorleston made it 4-0 when Yusuff crossed the ball in, Watts reacted first and got to the near post to stoop low and head the ball in.
The best was yet to come as Gorleston ended the season with a ‘worldie’ from Luke Goreham.
Ely keeper Harry Reynolds got no distance on a clearance from the edge of his box. The ball landed at the feet of Goreham, 10 yards inside the Ely half. He took a touch and then lobbed the ball goalwards, over the retreating keeper and into the net.
Batemans man-of-the-match was Kyle Ingram.
Gorleston: Molloy, Yusuff, Hunn (McKay 80), Short (Stanton 66), Burrage, Taylor, Ingram, Goreham, Garrod, Baker (Ingram 74), Watts.