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Greens bridge the gap in FA Vase

PUBLISHED: 15:38 09 September 2010 | UPDATED: 11:59 16 September 2010

Gorleston 1 Ely City 1



This was always likely to be a tough game against a side from the top half of the Premier League, who have just knocked Wroxham out of the FA Cup, but there was no obvious gulf in class in this match, writes David Hardy.

Gorleston 1 Ely City 1

This was always likely to be a tough game against a side from the top half of the Premier League, who have just knocked Wroxham out of the FA Cup, but there was no obvious gulf in class in this match, writes David Hardy.

Gorleston created a good chance in the first minute when Mitch Forbes slid the ball in for Danny Mitchell to run on to but his shot went wide.

Two minutes later Ely's Lee Dixon stole in unmarked from a free kick but could only head wide. David Smith also headed wide from a corner 10 minutes later demonstrating what proved to be Gorleston's greatest problem throughout the game.

Nice football between Mitchell, Chris Sandford and Matty Taunton almost set up Forbes. It was Forbes again who was denied by a fingertip save as Gorleston broke on a counter attack but the referee missed the touch that everybody else saw and gave a goal kick.

Both sides were evenly matched but the Greens started the second half the stronger. Gary Williams saw his 20-yard drive palmed over and then Forbes almost set Steve Taylor up.

Ely's best chance of scoring looked to be from corners and set-pieces.

Danny Mitchell's run-in on goal was stopped by a dubious offside flag before Taunton beat the offside trap but elected to cut back inside onto his left foot and ran into traffic.

It was from a 61st minute Ely attack that saw Gorleston take the lead.

Elliot Pride saved well with his legs from Andy Pettit, the ball was scrambled away and moved forward quickly to Mitchell who outpaced defenders to latch on to it and slotted the ball past the outrushing keeper, through a defender's legs, and into the goal.

Unfortunately, the lead didn't last long. Predictably from a long corner, the ball was knocked back into the middle where Dixon nodded it in.

The game was flowing one way then the other. DJ Kareche appeared to be pushed over in the penalty area but the linesman saw nothing before Pride saved well from Adam Dalby. Ely went close with another header but the game moved into extra time.

Arguably Gorleston had the better chances to win in the extra 30 minutes as Ely appeared content with a replay.

Williams had a shot saved before Forbes burst through and squared the ball just behind the onrushing Simeon Randall. Ely were restricted to one long-range effort and as the game came to a close Kareche again had a defender climbing all over him in the area and again the linesman ignored it.

Team: Elliot Pride, Sean Blowers, Tom Daniels (Kyle Howell 98), Gary Williams, Adam Thurtle, Eddie Thompson, Chris Sandford, Danny Mitchell (Simeon Randell 90), Mitch Forbes, Steve Taylor, Matty Taunton (DJ Kareche 62)

Ely 0 Gorleston 1

The replay was on Tuesday night in Ely. The game was 0-0 after 90 minutes so again extra time was needed. This time Gorleston were able to strike a winning goal through Adam King and will now host Daventry Utd in the next round.


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