Greens hit by penalty decision confusion

Gorleston 1, Ipswich Wanderers 3GORLESTON came into the game looking to get back on the winning trail and showed six changes to the starting line-up from the game at March.

Gorleston 1, Ipswich Wanderers 3

GORLESTON came into the game looking to get back on the winning trail and showed six changes to the starting line-up from the game at March.

Kyle Howell, Michael King and Liam Bartley were given starting places having been on the bench the week before, whilst Adam Thurtle, Matty Taunton and Steve Taylor returned after being unavailable. Mitch Forbes dropped to the bench.

The Greens started strongly with Bartley showing good strength to hold up play, creating a crossing opportunity which Chris Sandford headed over. Bartley was almost played through, but had just strayed offside.

But, after 14 minutes, disaster struck when Gorleston lost the ball in attack. Wanderers broke quickly and from 25 yards Adem Atay lifted the ball over Elliot Pride and into the goal.

Eleven minutes later it was deja vu with the Greens losing the ball whilst on the offensive. Wanderers pounced to thread a first-time through ball into the path of Daniel Phillips who made no mistake, slotting past Pride.

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Bartley almost pulled a goal back four minutes later, but his firm header was well held by keeper Callum Deacon.

Eight minutes before the break Ipswich almost extended their lead when they broke following a Gorleston free-kick, but this time Phillips shot over.

A lot of luck three minutes into the second half gave Gorleston a foothold.

Sean Blowers made a tackle in the centre circle in the Ipswich half. The ball ballooned upwards, caught on the wind, went over the keeper and into the goal.

Ten minutes later Bartley was set clear but pulled his shot wide. Mitch Forbes came on to partner Bartley and his movement, plus a second man up front, gave the Greens more options and they posed more of a threat.

But in the 64th minute Gorleston were robbed of a chance to equalise.

Following a corner the assistant referee flagged for a foul and clearly put his flag across his chest to indicate a penalty. Referee Mr Dlamini consulted with him, was told what the foul was but, because the assistant could not say which player in the box had committed the foul, the referee took no action

and awarded Wanderers a goal


Ipswich goalkeeper Deacon pulled off several good saves from Forbes and Tom Daniels, but with 10 minutes to go Wanderers sealed the points when Phillips again raced in and finished coolly.

There was still time for Deacon to save again from Forbes but it wasn't to be Gorleston's day.

Manager Richard Daniels said: “We didn't play well in the first half but I thought the second half was much better and their keeper was man of the match - which says it all.”

Team: Elliot Pride, Kyle Howell (DJ Kareche 88), Tom Daniels, Michael King (Mitch Forbes 59), Adam Thurtle, Eddie Thompson, Chris Sandford, Sean Blowers, Liam Bartley, Matty Taunton, Steve Taylor.

Tomorrow, Gorleston entertain Thetford Town.