Battling Gorleston edged out by leaders Felixstowe & Walton
PUBLISHED: 09:18 05 January 2018
Gorleston were much improved after last week's humiliating 7-0 home defeat and were close to gaining a surprise point.
The high-flying hosts had the better of the opening exchanges and Miles Powell found himself in behind the Gorleston defence but his shot lacked any conviction.
Mitch McKay then found himself inside the Felixstowe box but his shot was also tame.
Aarron Taylor had to slide across to keep out Joe Francis after he had outpaced the Greens’ defence before the Seasiders took the lead in the 24th minute.
A free-kick midway inside the Gorleston half was lofted into the box by Stuart Boardley. It looked to be going to Molloy but seemed to hold up in the wind, dropping down into the six yard box where Kye Ruel bundled it over the line.
Gorleston responded well and almost immediately Peter Lambert had an effort tipped onto the crossbar by Danny Crump.
Felixstowe looked nervy at the back as the Greens applied some pressure with Crump denying Lambert again before, from the resulting corner, a cheeky Lambert backheel was cleared off the line.
Three minutes before the break, Gorleston equalised when they countered from a Felixstowe attack.
Kyle Ingram burst in on goal and squared to McKay whose shot was well saved, the ball rebounding to McKay whose second effort was blocked as well. This time the ball rebounded back out to Ingram who poked it into the net.
And better was to come for Gorleston fans. As the half entered its final minute, Ingram swung a corner over from the right and it was met by the head of Ross Gilfedder at the back post who put his side in front.
However the lead was wiped out in the first minute of the second half. A long throw from the right was met in the six yard box by Powell who turned it home.
Felixstowe regained the lead in the 54th minute in disappointing circumstances from a Gorleston point of view after they were given far too much time and space on the left to put in a cross and Powell found himself unchallenged to plant his header past Molloy.
David Shade was pushed up front late on while the lively Jack Cottingham was introduced in an attempt to find a deserved equaliser but the Greens were tiring and Felixstowe knew how to close the game out.