Greens chase Norfolk Senior Cup
Gorleston tomorrow visit Holt in the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-finals, kick-off 2.30pm, with a Carrow Road final the ultimate prize.The Greens, ninth in Ridgeons One, must start favourites against an Owls side third bottom of the Anglian Combination Premier Division, but the Senior Cup is famous for upsets and Gorleston must take nothing for granted.
Gorleston tomorrow visit Holt in the Norfolk Senior Cup quarter-finals, kick-off 2.30pm, with a Carrow Road final the ultimate prize.
The Greens, ninth in Ridgeons One, must start favourites against an Owls side third bottom of the Anglian Combination Premier Division, but the Senior Cup is famous for upsets and Gorleston must take nothing for granted.
Gorleston 2, Great Yarmouth 5
Gorleston controlled the first half of the Boxing Day derby at Emerald Park and led 2-0 at the break, while Yarmouth stormed back and took charge in the second period.
The Greens were without Adam Ferguson, who had been on loan from Norwich United but has now been recalled by their new manager Paul Chick, writes Mick Heard.
With the advantage of the wind Gorleston started well and Ricci Butler was halted down the left by a strong challenge which led to a free-kick. Butler saw two efforts saved by Yarmouth keeper Michael Hilton, and Lee Hunter had a shot cleared off the line.
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Harry Maddison headed wide while at the other end Gorleston keeper Tom Marsden made a vital save from Yarmouth centre forward Stuart Roach.
Gorleston were dealt a disappointing blow after 25 minutes when midfielder Pete Lambert received a suspected broken nose in an accidental clash and took no further part. Jamie Long came substituted and Gorleston took the lead on 38 minutes when Hunter seized on a clearance 35 yards from goal and sent a spectacular shot into the net.
On 42 minutes Gorleston made it 2-0 when Butler crossed from the left and centre back Leon Harewood headed home.
Three minutes into the second half, Bloaters' substitute Scott Woodcock reduced the arrears with an individual goal. Receiving the ball on the right he ran through completely unmarked to slot the ball past Marsden.
The equaliser arrived six minutes later. Woodcock crossed for Mark Thompson to fire home. The inspired substitute Woodcock made it 3-2 from a cross from Thompson to leave Gorleston shell-shocked.
On 78 minutes Yarmouth keeper Hilton made a tremendous save from a Hunter header to keep the Bloaters ahead. A cross from the left went across the Yarmouth goal with no home player there to put it away.
Yarmouth were playing with great confidence and moving the ball quickly and deservedly increased their lead on 86 minutes to clinch the points. Roach headed in from a free-kick on the left. On 89 minutes midfielder Adam Sullivan slotted home after Roach had a shot saved.
Striker Gary Ingram came on for Gorleston but it was far too late for him to make an impression. This was Gorleston's first league defeat at home this season.
Gorleston: T Marsden; K Howell, L Goreham, S Taylor, L Harewood, E Thompson, J Bell, P Lambert, L Hunter, H Maddison, R Butler. Subs: A Nially, M Forbes, A Thurtle, G Ingram, J Long.
Yarmouth: M Hilton; J Watt, O Savage, D Smith, A Ager, A Darby, D Hinton, A Sullivan, S Roach, A Sewell, M Thompson. Subs: S Woodcock, C Squire, E Pride, J Reed.
Tomorrow, Gorleston Reserves have an attractive home game against Dereham Reserves, 3pm.
Following a raffle on Boxing Day a couple of prizes are still unclaimed. If you have ticket number 3352 or 3258 telephone 01493 600590.
Goleston FC were saddened by the death of Bert 'Sailor' Brown, generally acknowledged to be the Greens' most famous and greatest ever player and send their deepest sympathies to Sailor's family.
The club thanked Sophie Gillette and Gary Ingram and Gorleston U11s for the display before the Boxing Day derby.