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More silverware for hockey club

PUBLISHED: 09:59 23 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:07 03 July 2010

Gorleston's winning hockey squad.

Gorleston's winning hockey squad.

GORLESTON were invited to the Lowestoft Railway 50th centenary tournament at the weekend. With team sizes changing at the last minute Gorleston only travelled with nine men for this nine-a-side tournament.

GORLESTON were invited to the Lowestoft Railway 50th centenary tournament at the weekend. With team sizes changing at the last minute Gorleston only travelled with nine men for this nine-a-side tournament.

Gorleston first met Lowestoft Railway Legends, most of whom played against Gorleston in the league and cost them the league title.

Gorleston started with a high tempo which saw the Legends struggle to keep pace. Slick passing from the back though Andrew Lilly and Kevin McDonald allowed several early attacks with Jamie Higginbotham going close with his lobbed attempt being lifted over the bar by the Legends' keeper.

Gorleston's dominance in midfield through Martyn Vaudin and Adam Stone soon earned several short corners and from one a neatly switched ball to Mark Vaudin was slotted away to give Gorleston the lead into half-time.

The Legends came out a lot stronger in the second half, but with strong defending from Ben Goodman, Gorleston's keeper Barnaby King had very little to do. Gorleston were happy to play possession hockey and run the clock down to win comfortably 1-0.

Gorleston's next game was against Lowestoft Town which started at a frantic pace which suited Gorleston's style of hockey better.

Gorleston retained the lion's share of possession without really penetrating Town's defence. Gorleston moved the play higher up the pitch and were soon rewarded with several short corners that went close.

The second half started with both teams knowing the first goal would probably win the game.

This opened play up, allowing Gorleston to break into Town's defence with an attack that looked likely to break down when the keeper saved from close range. But the rebound fell to Mark Vaudin, who for most of the game had AJ in his pocket, and from three yards out smashed the ball past the helpless keeper to give Gorleston the lead.

Gorleston again played out the game without Barnaby King being troubled in goal.

Gorleston went into their final game against Lowestoft Railway knowing a draw would be enough to win the tournament.

They went with a more defensive line-up but within two minutes opened the scoring when a goalline scramble was converted by Malcolm Berry.

Gorleston, in total control, lost concentration at the back and conceded a short corner. Jamie Higginbotham blocked the first shot but the loose ball was clinically put away.

Gorleston picked themselves up with Andrew Lilly marshalling Ben Goodman and Kevin McDonald with great effort at the back to take Gorleston into the break level.

In the second half started it was not long before Mark Vaudin got his name on the scoresheet to restore Gorleston's lead.

They looked to be cruising but an injury to Adam Stone forced a re-shuffle and in the confusion a weak near-post shot crept under King to level the game. Lowestoft seemed happy to play out for the draw to finish the game.

Gorleston were ecstatic to collect more silverware to add to their trophy cabinet.


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