Hockey team targets top three
Gorleston 4, North Walsham 1GORLESTON consolidated fourth position in Division 3NE of the NE14 East Men's Hockey League with their fifth successive win, at the expense of seventh-placed Walsham.
Gorleston 4, North Walsham 1
GORLESTON consolidated fourth position in Division 3NE of the NE14 East Men's Hockey League with their fifth successive win, at the expense of seventh-placed Walsham.
With three games to go, Gorleston's chances of securing third place were enhanced as Pelicans II could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to Bury II.
With a game in hand over their west Norfolk rivals, Gorleston have every incentive to battle on, and more importantly score freely, as Pelicans have a slightly superior goal difference.
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Saturday's game saw the return of Adam Stone and Johnny Mobbs, but with Richard Pallant still nursing a muscle injury and James Clarkson away, it was the now-fit Mark Vaudin on the right wing and MoM centre-forward Russ Crawford who caught the eye. A constant threat to the visitors' defence, it was no surprise when after 10 minutes Russ and Simon Long pounced on a loose ball in the Walsham D, Long getting the last touch to score.
Gorleston doubled their advantage shortly before the interval when, from a quickly-taken Jamie Higginbotham free hit, Neil Hudson spun cleverly in the D to fire home.
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It took an early goal from the visitors, from a short corner after the break, to fire up the team.
Gorleston responded by upping their game, and the two-goal lead was soon restored. From a right-wing cross by Simon Long, Russ Crawford freakishly got a touch on the ball which flew into the net.
The Gorleston defence of Adam Stone, Jason Austin and Jamie Higginbotham stood solid. Simon Long completed the scoring from a well-worked short-corner routine.
Next up are Norwich Dragons II, with pushback at Hobart High School, Loddon at 10.30am.
Transport leaves the Albion at 9.15 am.