Three unlucky total for Greens

Gorleston will be looking to break the habit of conceding three goals a game as they aim to get their promotion push back on track at home to Cornard United tomorrow (3pm).

Gorleston will be looking to break the habit of conceding three goals a game as they aim to get their promotion push back on track at home to Cornard United tomorrow (3pm). On Tuesday they visit Haverhill in a League Cup semi-final.

Gorleston 1, Hadleigh United 3

THE Greens were looking to complete a Ridgeons League Division One double over their visitors, following a 1-0 away success earlier in the season.

The Suffolk side arrived in fourth place, five points ahead of the Greens, but having played three more games, thereby making it a crucial fixture for both sides in the promotion battle.

At the end of the contest it was Hadleigh who had cemented their position in the top four as the Greens conceded three goals for the fourth consecutive outing.

Gorleston almost enjoyed a dream start. A second-minute free-kick from Gary Ingram came back off the Hadleigh defensive wall and when Ingram's follow up effort was palmed away by Hadleigh keeper Luke Whitwell, Luke Goreham, following in, shot into the side netting.

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Jack Marsden, Goreham and Ingram then linked up well down the left before Ingram shot wide. Richie Fruin got in a header from a Jack Marsden free-kick but straight at the keeper. Hadleigh were content to play on the counter-attack and Ross Myhill shot over from their first decent chance before Chris Smith did likewise on 18 minutes.

A flowing five-man Gorleston move ended with Gary Todd shooting wide. Peter Lambert and John Bell linked up well for the Greens but Bell's cross was too near keeper Whitwell.

Richie Fruin thumped a shot wide for Gorleston moments after a high swirling ball from Hadleigh's Craig Payne had tested Greens' keeper Tom Marsden under his crossbar.

With three minutes remaining before the break, Gary Todd curled another Gorleston effort straight at the keeper and then Bell did the same a minute later.

Gorleston began the second half brightly with Ingram, Lambert and Bell all prominent and had appeals for a penalty waved away when Ingram went down in the area. At the other end Kris Rose timed his run well to head a Myhill corner into the side netting. A four-man Gorleston move then ended with an Ingram effort being deflected wide for a corner.

On the hour mark the visitors broke the deadlock, a Gorleston mistake proving costly. Richie Fruin was caught in possession on the edge of the area and the ball broke for Rose, who crossed for Craig Payne to score with a low drive to Marsden's left.

Gorleston shuffled the pack almost immediately, with Regan Harman replacing Jack Marsden. But with 20 minutes left they found themselves with a mountain to climb. Goalscorer Payne turned provider, and his low cross was rammed home by Smith to put Hadleigh 2-0 ahead.

Five minutes later and the Greens took the first step up the mountain.

Gary Todd was bundled over in the area and Gary Ingram reduced the deficit with a textbook penalty low to Whitwell's right.

Todd was then only inches over with a wickedly dipping shot from well out. The game appeared to be swinging Gorleston's way with attack after attack as they searched for an equaliser, but with five minutes left Hadleigh restored their two-goal advantage when Ross Layton struck an unstoppable shot past Marsden from all of 25 five yards to seal the points.

Gorleston: T Marsden, K Howell, L Goreham, R Fruin, A Thurtle, E Thompson, J Bell, P Lambert, G Todd, G Ingram, J Marsden. Subs: D Western (for Howell 86 minutes), N Thompson (for Goreham 71 minutes), R Harman (for J Marsden 64 minutes), D Burkle.

Hadleigh United: L Whitwell, C Sadler, K Rose, S Welton, R Knott, M Parker, R Myhill, J Kingston, C Payne, C Smith, C Dennett. Subs: R Layton (for Payne 74 minutes), T Irving (for Smith 84 minutes), A Woods, C Wall.

Referee: E Goodman. Assistants: M Rouse, Woodward.