Gorleston to welcome young Canaries in Norfolk Senior Cup semi
Gorleston travelled to Wisbech for last Saturday’s game in confident mood following their Norfolk Senior Cup victory over Diss only to find the match called off just an hour before kick-off because of a frozen pitch.
The 3-1 win over Diss put Gorleston into the draw for the semi-final of the Norfolk Senior Cup where the Greens were handed a mouth-watering tie at home to Norwich City Reserves, 1-0 winners against King’s Lynn Town at the Walks on Wednesday night.
The semi-finals are scheduled for February 18 however but the match will be at Emerald Park on a date to be arranged. The other semi-final is between Thetford Town and Norwich St Johns.
Tomorrow Gorleston are at home to Woodbridge Town in the Ridgeons Premier League (kick off) 3.
The two sides have met twice already this season, both games in the FA Cup.
The Greens came from behind at Woodbridge to draw 2-2 and earn a replay where goals from Chris Sandford and Ally McKenna gave them a 2-1 win.
Gorleston currently sit comfortably in sixteenth in their first season back in the Premier League with games in hand on those above them.
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Woodbridge are two places and five points ahead of the Greens. However, Gorleston have four games in hand on them.
The Woodpeckers have won six of their 14 league games on the road this season, including their last away game at Gt Yarmouth when they trounced the Bloaters 8-1.
Gorleston Reserves 3 Needham Market Reserves 0
Third-placed Gorleston Reserves entertained second placed Needham Market Reserves last Saturday knowing that victory would see them leapfrog Needham into second.
The Reserves started slowly against a well-organised Needham side but began to get a foothold in the game with Matty Anderson having two chances before he found the back of the net to put the Greens ahead.
On the stroke of half time Keegan Middleton put the Greens further ahead with his ninth of the season. Middleton has also found the net twenty times for the U18s this season and has earned a call up to the first team.
The second half continued with both sides playing good football and chances at both ends.
Needham had a goal disallowed for offside before the Greens introduced Bradley Hough for his first appearance since picking up an injury in October.
Hough showed his class, picking the ball up 30 yards out and beating two players before passing to Jack Garrod. Garrod then beat another player before hitting a cracking shot which went in off the bar to make the score 3-0.
The Greens had a couple more chances to add to the scoreline but were happy with the win against Needham, who were the best team they have played this season so far.
The last time Gorleston Reserves lost a league game was at Needham Market at the end of September. Last week’s victory means they are now on a run of 11 games unbeaten.
Tomorrow the Reserves look to continue their good form when they travel to play Walsham-le-Willows Reserves.
Gorleston’s U18 side were top of their league going into last night’s (Thursdays) game at Wroxham. On Wednesday, January 25 they play the current second placed side Harford CEYMS at Emerald Park, kick off 7.45. The young Greens will be looking for revenge after Harford won the reverse fixture earlier in the season 4-2.