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First Team - Match centre

Long Melford
K Baker (15'), J Watts (61'), A Taylor (70')
Full time
Sat 18 Mar 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - Premier Division Attendance 109

One Down, Nine To Go

Gorleston kept up the pressure on the top three and gained some sort of revenge for defeat in Melford a month ago.

Ricci Butler made four changes from the midweek defeat at leaders Mildenhall.

Out went Kyle Ingram, George Yusuff, Peter Oldham and Connor Ingram with starts going to Damon Wise, Isaac Burrage, Keegan Middleton and Jack Garrod.

Melford perhaps had the better of the early possession but it was Gorleston who looked most dangerous.

Long Melford 18/03/2017
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Kyle Baker robbed visiting keeper Darren Moyse in the sixth minute and squared the ball goalwards but a defender had got back to cover.

Six minutes later Jack Garrod burst through into the box, after a shout for handball as a defender fell on the ball, it found its way to Luke Goreham but he dragged his shot wide.

The Greens took the lead in the fifteenth minute.

A searching ball from Isaac Burrage picked out Middleton in the middle. He slipped but the ball fell to Baker who slotted the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.

Melford responded and had their first shot on target from a corner but it bounced through tamely to Taurean Molloy.

Middleton picked out a Joel Watts run and Watts slotted the ball into the net only to be denied but what must have been a tight offside decision.
Baker got himself through on the keeper but poked his shot into the keeper's midriff before Moyse grabbed a Middleton effort.

The keeper then denied Middleton again, three minutes before the break, with an excellent low fingertip save.

Garrod had the first effort of the second half but again the shot was straight to the keeper.

Next it was Molloys turn to pull off possibly the save of the match in the 49th minute to deny the visitors an equaliser.

Somehow Michael Runicles found himself free in front of goal about four yards out. He looked certain to score but Molloy reacted superbly to fingertip the ball wide of the post.

The Greens extended their lead in the 61st minute.

Baker won the ball on the right and crossed the ball into the area where Watts was unmarked to guide a header over the keeper and into the goal.

Melford headed over from a corner before Gorleston made sure of the points in the 70th minute.

A Middleton free kick from out on the left wing was played inch perfect to the far post onto the head of Aaron Taylor who planted it into the net for his first goal of the season.

Molloy then produced another excellent reaction save to deny Melford from close range, then kept out Daniel Swain with a flying save to his left.

Connor Ingram tried his luck from a thirty yard free kick in stoppage time which Moyse got down to save.

The match sponsor awarded the Batemans man of the match to Luke Goreham.

Gorleston: Taurean Molloy, Harley Clements (c), Damon Wise, Jacob Short, Isaac Burrage, Aaron Taylor, Luke Goreham, Joel Watts (Kyle Ingram 81), Jack Garrod (Connor Ingram 67), Kyle Baker (George Yusuff 81), Keegan Middleton

Booking: Middleton 60

Goals: Baker 15; Watts 61; Taylor 70

Long Melford: Darren Moyes, Scott Sloots, Ryan Dewey, Thomas Le Page, Ashley Skeggs, Anthony Waugh (c), Hassan Ally, Reece Clarke, Michael Runicles (Jamie Bradbury 90), Daniel Swain, Will Wingfield (Josh Collins 74)

Booking: Le Page 83

Attendance: 109

Ref: Abigail Marriott

Stat Attack
6Other efforts on target4
3Other efforts off target4
0Other efforts against woodwork0
1Shots blocked1
8Corners for9
5Caught offside1
10Free kicks for7
1Yellow cards1
0Red cards0

Luke Goreham

Player of the Match

Luke Goreham

Key moments

Goal Kyle Baker scores for Gorleston
Goal Joel Watts scores for Gorleston
Goal Aarron Taylor scores for Gorleston

Videos and photos

Long Melford 18/03/2017
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Long Melford 18/03/2017


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90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Taurean Molloy keeps a clean sheet for Gorleston
90:00 Player of the Match
Luke Goreham is awarded player of the match for Gorleston
83:00 Yellow Card
Thomas Le Page is yellow carded for Long Melford
81:00 Sub On
George Yusuff is substituted on for Gorleston
81:00 Sub Off
Kyle Baker is substituted off for Gorleston
81:00 Sub Off
Joel Watts is substituted off for Gorleston
81:00 Sub On
Kyle Ingram is substituted on for Gorleston
70:00 Goal 3 - 0
Aarron Taylor scores for Gorleston
67:00 Sub Off
Jack Garrod is substituted off for Gorleston
67:00 Sub On
Connor Ingram is substituted on for Gorleston
61:00 Goal 2 - 0
Joel Watts scores for Gorleston
60:00 Yellow Card
Keegan Middleton is yellow carded for Gorleston
End of period 1
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kyle Baker scores for Gorleston
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gorleston
  • Long Melford
  • 0
  • Kyle Baker Goal 15:00'
  • Keegan Middleton Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Joel Watts Goal 61:00'
  • Jack Garrod Sub Off 67:00'
  • Connor Ingram Sub On 67:00'
  • Aarron Taylor Goal 70:00'
  • Kyle Baker Sub Off 81:00'
  • George Yusuff Sub On 81:00'
  • Joel Watts Sub Off 81:00'
  • Kyle Ingram Sub On 81:00'
  • Thomas Le Page Yellow Card 83:00'

Team selection

Long Melford
  • 1. Darren Moyse
  • 2. Scott Sloots
  • 3. Ryan Dewey
  • 4. Thomas Le Page
  • 5. Ashley Skeggs
  • 6. Anthony Waugh
  • 7. Hassan Ally
  • 8. Reece Clarke
  • 9. Michael Runicles
  • 10. Daniel Swain
  • 11. Will Wingfield
  • 12. Josh Collins
  • 13. Jamie Bradbury

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Mildenhall Town 40 99
2. Felixstowe & Walton United 40 90
3. Newmarket Town 40 84
4. Gorleston 40 78
5. Great Yarmouth Town 40 68
6. Stanway Rovers 40 66
7. Thetford Town 40 65

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