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Gorleston
Thetford Town
K Baker (9'), J Watts (58' Pen), C Ingram (68' Pen)
Full time
Tue 14 Feb 19:45 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - Premier Division Attendance 76

Greens Pen Way to the Points

Gorleston got back to winning ways with two penalties helping them on their way to victory.

Ricci Butler made four changes from the Melford game. George Yusuff, Elliott Hannant, Keegan Middleton and Connor Ingram all dropped to the bench. Peter Oldham and Joel Watts returned and there were starts for Eddie and Jacob Short.

A good first half of football from both teams could have gone either way but it was the Greens who went into the break ahead following a goal in the ninth minute.

A good clearance from Eddie Short looked like it would be headed clear by the defender but he misjudged the bounce allowing Kyle Baker to get in behind him and head it over the advancing keeper into the empty net.

Thetford Town 14/02/2017
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Seven minutes later Baker beat the offside trap but couldn't collect the ball when clean through and soon after he got his head to a Jack Garrod cross but couldn't keep it down.

Johnny Conroy got clear in the Gorleston box after 29 minutes but the Gorleston defence got a block in to give Thetford their first corner then Gorleston gained their first corner four minutes later when Joel Watts had a shot deflect narrowly wide.

Pressure from the corner saw a Watts cross from the byline bravely grabbed by Thetford keeper Kingsley Barnes off the toe of Jacob Short.

The Thetford keeper then twice denied Watts before finding himself in trouble with the referee in the 38th minute.

Garrod broke away from the defender and Barnes raced out of his box, bringing Garrod down just outside the area as he went around the keeper. With the ball going away from goal a yellow card was shown to the keeper and the free kick came to nothing.

Thetford had their best chances of the half in the final five minutes. Firstly Emmanuel Machaya's thunderous shot was headed off the line by Harley Clements, although Clements probably didn't know too much about it, then Taurean Molloy was equal to a Conroy effort.

The visitors began the second half well.

Molloy saved an Elliot Smith header before the Gorleston keeper was pole-axed by Ryan Sanders from a corner with the attacker escaping a card and it was Gorleston who extended their lead in the 58th minute.

Garrod cut in from the right wing into the box where he was brought down. With the regular penalty takers on the bench, it was Joel Watts who took responsibility for the spot kick and duly slotted it past Barnes for his 13th goal of the season.

Thetford had brought on player manager Danny White and he had a good opportunity in the 65th minute but his shot shaved the outside of Molloys post.

The game was effectively sealed in the 68th minute.

A free kick into the box bounced up and struck a defender on his arm. The arm was by his side but away from his body and the referee had little option but to award a second penalty.

Connor Ingram, who had been on the field less than a minute, stepped up and his first touch was to convert the penalty and score his 25th goal of the season and 6th successful penalty.

A nice Thetford move in the 74th minute saw Conroy hit a volley on the run over the bar before Garrod broke fast from a Thetford corner a minute later but was denied by Barnes.

With a three goal lead, the Greens were able to seat deep and allow Thetford some pressure but the visitors were unable to find a way through and Molloy was able to keep his 11th clean sheet of the season.

Match sponsor was Vice Chairman Mick Payne and he awarded the Batemans man of the match to Kyle Ingram.

Gorleston: Taurean Molloy, Harley Clements (c), Kyle Ingram, Eddie Short, Jacob Short, Aaron Taylor, Luke Goreham, Peter Oldham (Keegan Middleton 77), Jack Garrod, Kyle Baker (Connor Ingram 67), Joel Watts (George Yusuff 85)

Booking: K Ingram 86

Goals: Baker 9; Watts (p) 58; C Ingram (p) 68

Thetford Town: Kingsley Barnes, Sam Bond (c), Alex McIntosh (Bradley Sandell 77), Ross Bailey, Elliot Smith, Luke Bailey (Ryan Sanders 55), Johnny Conroy, Cameron King, Ryan Fuller, Cruise Nyadtaya, Emmanuel Machaya (Danny White 55)

Booking: Barnes 39

Attendance: 76

Ref: Richard Own

Stat Attack
GorlestonThetford
3Goals0
3Other efforts on target5
3Other efforts off target3
0Other efforts against woodwork0
2Shots blocked0
2Corners for5
6Caught offside1
12Free kicks for12
1Yellow cards1
0Red cards0

Key moments

9:00
Goal Kyle Baker scores for Gorleston
58:00
Scored Penalty Joel Watts scores a penalty for Gorleston
68:00
Scored Penalty Connor Ingram scores a penalty for Gorleston

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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Kyle Ingram is awarded player of the match for Gorleston
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Taurean Molloy keeps a clean sheet for Gorleston
86:00 Yellow Card
Kyle Ingram is yellow carded for Gorleston
85:00 Sub Off
Joel Watts is substituted off for Gorleston
85:00 Sub On
George Yusuff is substituted on for Gorleston
77:00 Sub Off
Peter Oldham is substituted off for Gorleston
77:00 Sub On
Keegan Middleton is substituted on for Gorleston
68:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 0
Connor Ingram scores a penalty for Gorleston
67:00 Sub Off
Kyle Baker is substituted off for Gorleston
67:00 Sub On
Connor Ingram is substituted on for Gorleston
58:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 0
Joel Watts scores a penalty for Gorleston
End of period 1
9:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kyle Baker scores for Gorleston
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gorleston
  • Thetford Town
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  • Kyle Baker Goal 9:00'
  • Joel Watts Scored Penalty 58:00'
  • Kyle Baker Sub Off 67:00'
  • Connor Ingram Sub On 67:00'
  • Connor Ingram Scored Penalty 68:00'
  • Peter Oldham Sub Off 77:00'
  • Keegan Middleton Sub On 77:00'
  • Joel Watts Sub Off 85:00'
  • George Yusuff Sub On 85:00'
  • Kyle Ingram Yellow Card 86:00'
  • Kyle Ingram Player of the Match 90:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Mildenhall Town 35 84
2. Felixstowe & Walton United 33 72
3. Gorleston 32 71
4. Newmarket Town 34 71
5. Thetford Town 35 59
6. Stanway Rovers 34 59
7. Great Yarmouth Town 33 55

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