No Rub of the Green for Greens at Greens Meadow
All the action was at the beginning and end of this match as Gorleston suffered their second defeat in a row.
Full stats and stuff and some pictures will be done later but, for now....
The Greens made two changes from the defeat to Newmarket with Isaac Burrage ill and Jack Garrod unavailable. Ismael Fatadjo and Eliott Hannant replaced them.
However, Gorleston were down to the bare bones of their squad with 15 players not taking the opportunity to be in the squad for the match, meaning stand-in gaffers Gary Ingram and Matty Potter had to name themselves as the only two outfield subs.
Quite frankly, for a club of this stature, that is not good enough.
Stowmarket had the better start with two early shots, one saved by Taurean Molloy and another cleared off the line.
In the 8th minute Amar Lewis cut in and shot from the right of the box. Molloy got the faintest of fingertips on it to turn it onto the frame of the goal but it was only a temporary reprieve as the visitors took the lead three minutes later.
Peter Lambert, at centre back for the match, tried to clear the ball, it smacked into Connor Deeks chest and rebounded nicely for Lewis to send him clear through the middle.
The Stow man took his time, rounded Molloy and slotted the ball into the net.
Five minutes later Joel Watts cut in from the left but his low effort was easy for the keeper.
Mitch McKay also tried his luck with a free kick from the left corner of the penalty area but, again the keeper was able to scoop it up.
The first half had belonged to the hosts who looked stronger and sharper than Gorleston and appeared more determined in the 50/50s, possibly because the Gorleston players were wary of getting injured due to the lack of cover on the bench.
Stowmarket continued to boss the game as the second half wore on although it took until midway through the half before any noteworthy effort on goal from them but Lewis's effort from a cross was high, wide and not particularly handsome.
The Greens finally began to show some belief and put some pressure on the Stow defence with a couple of free kicks and a corner and it was Fatadjo who brought out a save from the keeper in the 73rd minute with a 20 yard effort after Connor and Kyle Ingram had linked together.
Kyle then limped off after a strong challenge in midfield and was replaced by his dad who went up front to play alongside other son, Connor.
A Greens corner saw Deeks shoot wide before Molloy had to make his only save of the half with three minutes remaining after Josh Mayhew countered from a Gorleston attack and tried to find the bottom corner but Molloy palmed away low to his left.
If the Greens luck had deserted them with the ricochet for the only goal, it disappeared again in the final minute.
Gary Ingram was flattened inside the box, as he tried to get onto a loose ball. The referee wasn't interested.
As the ball was crossed back into the box it dropped down and hit both hands of a defender, stretched out waist high in front of himself, and then fell at his feet to enable a clearance.
Again the ref and his assistant chose not to give anything. It belies belief that the assistant, with the same view as me, didn't see it so it must have been deemed accidental. Anywhere else on the pitch though, it would have been given.
Gorleston: Taurean Molloy, Charlie Hitch, Alex Kounnas, Mitch McKay, Connor Deeks, Peter Lambert, Ismael Fatadjo, Elliott Hannant, Connor Ingram, Kyle Ingram (c)(Gary Ingram 85), Joel Watts.
Stowmarket Town: James Bradbrook, Ollie Brown, Jon Carver, Angelo Harrop, Scott Mitchell, Nathan Clarke, Danny Cunningham (c), Jack Baker, Josh Mayhew, George Bugg (Ash Holmes 85), Amar Lewis
Goal: Lewis 11
|4||Other efforts on target||4|
|3||Other efforts off target||5|
|0||Other efforts against woodwork||0|
|10||Free kicks for||8|