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First Team - Match centre

Stowmarket Town
Full time
E Clarke (1'), J Mayhew (47' Pen)
Tue 15 Aug 19:45 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties - Premier Division Attendance 127

Harsh on Greens

Big-spending Stowmarket came to Emerald Park, had two shots and went away with all three points.

Ricci Butler made two changes to the side that had beaten Saffron Walden. Mitch McKay was injured and Elliott Hannant dropped to the bench with Jason Thompson and Jay Turner coming in.

This was the best the Greens have played so far this season, with some sublime passing and movement, but a combination of poor finishing and an inspired goalkeeper in Craig Brand meant they suffered their first defeat of the season.

Gorleston were up against it from the first minute.

Stowmarket Town 15/08/2017
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A sweeping crossfield pass found Ethan Clarke on the left. He cut inside and was not closed down so had plenty of time to unleash a shot that gave Taurean Molloy no chance. 32 seconds were on the clock.

The Greens settled and began to find their feet with only defensive blocks denying Joel Watts, Connor Ingram and Ismael Fatadjo from equalising.

There was an escape for Gorleston in the 21st minute when the Greens were guilty of overplaying in midfield. Clarke rounded Molloy and squared the ball but Connor Deeks got back to keep his side in the game.

Two minutes later Deeks had a 30 yard free kick go a yard wide before Connor Ingram latched on to a Thompson through ball but his shot was wide of the far post.

Shortly before the break Watts and Fatadjo combined and this time the frame of the goal kept the ball out.

Gorleston had been the better team but two minutes into the second half hit the self destruct button to gift Stowmarket a penalty.

Luke Goreham made a challenge he didn't need to make and he did appear to win the ball, but the attacker went down and the referee pointed to the spot.

With a run up more akin to a fast bowler, Josh Mayhew made no mistake with the penalty.

Connor Ingram saw a free kick turned around the post by Brand before Brand then reacted quickly to tip over an effort from the resultant corner.

Some lenient officiating allowed a visiting player to throw the ball into Kyle Ingram's face without punishment. Although Ingram himself wasn't so lucky soon after after a minor melee saw him yellow carded.

The Greens were dominating possession and they were cutting through the Stow defences at will but couldn't find that clinical touch in the box.

Brand was becoming increasingly friendly with the referee who warned him at least four times about the time he was taking over goal kicks. Had the ref have added all the time on we would have been there until midnight!

After 65 minutes Brand again was at the centre of the action, firstly keeping out Aarron Taylor's header then reacting quickly to deny Deeks superbly low down from close range on the follow up.

Kyle Ingram tried his luck from twenty yards but was off target before Stowmarket mustered their only shot of the match, bar the goals, in the 73rd minute from Jemel Fox but it was high over the bar.

As was an attempt from Jack Garrod shortly after at the other end.

It looked like Gorleston had pulled a goal back with nine minutes remaining when a superb whipped in cross from Reece Hunn found Fatadjo just inside the box and he finished superbly in mid air with the outside of his foot, past the keeper.

Then the linesman's flag went up.

Must have been very tight as, from my position directly opposite the lino, I saw Fatadjo time his run and not pass the defender until after the ball had left Hunn's foot.

Isaac Burrage came on and soon found Deeks in the box with a superb pass. Deeks shot was saved although it was straight to the keeper.

Then, with two minutes left, Watts found himself through, he rounded the prone keeper and was virtually on the goal line when he shot but still, somehow, Brand got back to deny Gorleston a goal, which was the least they deserved.

Only three minutes of time was added on, about the time it took for one goal kick, but you got the sense that Brand would be equal to anything thrown at him on the day even if we'd played all night.

Match sponsor David Hudson awarded the Batemans man of the match to Kyle Ingram but the whole team deserve credit for their performance, they will play a lot worse and win on another day.

Gorleston: Taurean Molloy, Luke Goreham (Isaac Burrage 68), Reece Hunn, Jason Thompson, Connor Deeks, Aarron Taylor, Kyle Ingram (Matt Brown 80), Jay Turner (Jack Garrod 56), Joel Watts, Connor Ingram, Ismael Fatadjo

Booking: K Ingram 76; Garrod 90

Stowmarket Town: Craig Brand, Ollie Brown, Jemel Fox, Anton Clarke (c), Scott Mitchell, Phil Weavers, Billy Clarke (Duane Wright 60), Jack Baker (Ryan Yallop 71), Josh Mayhew (Remi Garrett 56), Andrew Wood, Ethan Clarke

Bookings: E Clarke 67; Garrett 83

Goals: E Clarke 1; Mayhew 47(p)

Ref Jon Block

Attendance 127

Stat Attack
GorlestonStowmarket Town
5Other efforts on target0
7Other efforts off target1
1Other efforts against woodwork0
3Shots blocked0
6Corners for7
5Caught offside0
15Free kicks for11
2Yellow cards2
0Red cards0

Kyle Ingram

Player of the Match

Kyle Ingram

Key moments

Goal Ethan Clarke scores for Stowmarket Town
Scored Penalty Josh Mayhew scores a penalty for Stowmarket Town

Videos and photos

Stowmarket Town 15/08/2017
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90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
Kyle Ingram is awarded player of the match for Gorleston
90:00 Yellow Card
Jack Garrod is yellow carded for Gorleston
83:00 Yellow Card
Anton Clarke is yellow carded for Stowmarket Town
80:00 Sub On
Matty Brown is substituted on for Gorleston
80:00 Sub Off
Kyle Ingram is substituted off for Gorleston
76:00 Yellow Card
Kyle Ingram is yellow carded for Gorleston
68:00 Sub Off
Luke Goreham is substituted off for Gorleston
68:00 Sub On
Isaac Burrage is substituted on for Gorleston
67:00 Yellow Card
Ethan Clarke is yellow carded for Stowmarket Town
56:00 Sub Off
Jay Turner is substituted off for Gorleston
56:00 Sub On
Jack Garrod is substituted on for Gorleston
47:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 2
Josh Mayhew scores a penalty for Stowmarket Town
End of period 1
1:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ethan Clarke scores for Stowmarket Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Gorleston
  • Stowmarket Town
  • 0
  • Ethan Clarke Goal 1:00'
  • Josh Mayhew Scored Penalty 47:00'
  • Jay Turner Sub Off 56:00'
  • Jack Garrod Sub On 56:00'
  • Ethan Clarke Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Luke Goreham Sub Off 68:00'
  • Isaac Burrage Sub On 68:00'
  • Kyle Ingram Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Kyle Ingram Sub Off 80:00'
  • Matty Brown Sub On 80:00'
  • Anton Clarke Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Jack Garrod Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Stowmarket Town
  • 1. Craig Brand
  • 2. Ollie Brown
  • 3. Jemel Fox
  • 4. Anton Clarke
  • 5. Scott Mitchell
  • 6. Phil Weavers
  • 7. Billy Clarke
  • 8. Jack Baker
  • 9. Josh Mayhew
  • 10. Andrew Wood
  • 11. Ethan Clarke
  • 12. Remi Garrett
  • 13. Ryan Yallop
  • 14. Duane Wright

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Coggeshall Town 46 115
2. Felixstowe & Walton United 46 109
3. Stowmarket Town 46 103
4. Godmanchester Rovers 45 95
5. Brantham Athletic 46 87
6. Histon 46 83
7. Gorleston 46 74

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