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Greens clinch top four place

PUBLISHED: 16:23 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:35 30 June 2010

On Saturday, Gorleston play their final league game of the season, at home to March Town United, having secured fourth place in Ridgeons One on Monday night.

On Saturday, Gorleston play their final league game of the season, at home to March Town United, having secured fourth place in Ridgeons One on Monday night.

On Wednesday night, in a hectic end-of-campaign schedule, they won at Team Bury 2-1.

Ipswich Wanderers 0, Gorleston 2

ON Monday, Gorleston made the second of three away trips in five days and won with a goal in each half.

Changes from the starting 11 from Saturday included Oldham and Pearson in for Bowers and Short, and Blowers in for Bloomfield.

The game started at a very quick pace and after only five minutes the lively Bartholomew had the ball in the Gorleston net only for an offside flag to cut the celebrations short. Edwards and Tynan also had shots on goal but these rarely troubled Greens' keeper Pride.

Pearson was adapting well to his starting role alongside the workhorse Oldham and with the excellent Taylor and Williams on the wings the Greens took control of the midfield.

Gorleston took the lead when a corner from Williams was headed on by Thompson and ricocheted off a defender into the net.

Bartley and Blowers had chances to double the lead but the Greens had to settle for a single-goal lead at

half-time.

Again second half Wanderers had an early chance to score but Pride made an easy save.

The Greens won a free-kick in their own area and Howell found Williams with an excellent ball. His ferocious shot was saved well by Gary Hammond but the rebound fell to Bartley, who converted.

Gorleston had Howes and Short come on for Bartley and Pearson and Harman came on for Williams. Harman immediately caused trouble with his pace and a good interchange with Taylor created him a shooting opportunity which went inches over.

Howes and Blowers also had chances towards the end and Pride again was a mere spectator in the second half.

Team: Pride, Blowers, Howell, Pearson, Thurtle, Thompson, Sandford, Oldham, Bartley, Taylor, Williams. Subs: Howes, Short, Harman, Bell, Goreham.

Long Melford 0, Gorleston 1

ON Saturday, Long Melford were playing their last game of the season, and it showed.

The first shot of note occurred on the 15-minute mark when a Taylor cross was met by Sandford whose shot was tipped over the bar by keeper Wood.

The resulting corner gave Bloomfield a headed chance which again was saved well by Wood.

Bloomfield went on a mazy run and his shot was deflected to Bartley, who saw his strike turned round

the post.

An excellent cross from Jacob Short was headed over by Taylor and another quality cross from Bloomfield evaded Bartley and Short.

A trademark Howell long throw caught the Melford defence napping and fell kindly for Sandford who calmly side-footed into the net. The Greens deserved their lead.

The only time Pride was called into action in the first half was to clear a back pass from Thompson.

The Greens came out second half with intent and Bartley had a header saved well from a Taylor free-kick. A cross from Short was volleyed goalbound by Sandford but was met a great save by the big keeper Wood.

Gary Williams produced a couple of excellent crosses but these were dealt with by the outstanding French in the Melford defence.

Melford started to get a foothold in the game and made life difficult for the Greens' back line with Rhys Earl heading over from 10 yards and again seeing his goalbound effort saved well by Pride.

Pearson came on for Short who had run his socks off and was soon in the thick of the action with a couple of runs down the left wing.

The game then entered a stale period during which the referee sent off of the Melford assistant manager.

Thurtle cleared an effort off the Gorleston line. Bartley thought he had wrapped the points up for the Greens but his effort was rightly ruled offside.

Harman came on for Williams and his pace soon got him a chance on goal but for Wood again to save well and a ball from Pearson found Bartley whose strike went wide.

Sandford and Harman both had chances in the dying minutes but the excellent Melford keeper Wood denied them both.

Team: Pride, Howell, Bloomfield, Bowers, Thurtle, Thompson, Sandford, Short, Bartley, Taylor, Williams. Subs used: Harman, Pearson, Blowers.


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