Russell's Return Sees Perfect End
Roving reporter Darren Webb was despatched to Clacton and he produced this report of the day in his own inimitable style!
"First match day of 2018 and we head on down to The Rush Green Bowl home of FC Clacton.
The day started with my Brother being late as per the norm on any match day but he soon made the time up by tearing down the A143 A140 and A12 to get us to the outskirts of Clacton in good time. This is just what we wanted as we have know from previous experiences the hospitality you get from Clacton is very much non existent so KFC was the choice.
With various tweets, calls and messages talking of new signings while on route we entered the ground as warm up was taking place to confirm indeed new players were in the process of pre match malarkey.
£3 on 50/50 card and a quick flash of the old ground pass and we were in The Bowl.
A lovely warm reception was thought to be had with the officials of FCC for a pre match brew but alas not a sniff of tea was offered or official was we welcomed.
Again choosing not so wisely we entered the bar to watch the final stages of the Fleetwood v Leicester game and it was then i realized it was two coats colder inside and made a quick return to the warmth of the lowering sun and a sneaky woodbine.
Onto the game;
With the Greens finally ready to come out, the game got underway it soon became apparent the pitch would play a part and it took a good while before any attempt on goal by either side. The returning Nathan Russell was linking up well with Watts and the latter had a half chance go wide.
Luke Goreham won a ball out on the left and played in Watts,he then took on and beat the defender and whipped in a low cross which was met with the simplest of tap ins for Russell to score.
Clacton went close to an equalizer with Jake Plane seeing his long-range effort come back off the bar and from the rebound Coyle seemed to fall easily in the box and his penalty appeal was denied by the referee Lord Percy (Blackadder) lookalike George Byrne.
Half time came and a quick warm up with a nice hot cup of tea was soon joined by another woodbine and back out into the not so now warmer outside.
Second half became very scrappy with the very heavy pitch cutting up and holding the ball up at every opportunity. Isaac Burrage come on for Mckay who got a knock and Sean Perfect on for Watts who worked tirelessly up front on his own.
The best way to introduce yourself to teammates is to get a goal and this is what Perfect did with a well executed header from an excellent Russell corner... the resulting celebrations involved all outfield players and was very good to see.
Final score FC Clacton 0 - 2 Gorleston FC
Final words goes to Taurean Molloy who i asked before the game for a cleany and duly obliged, he has decided to call time on his Gorleston career for now due to other commitments. I have watched Tourzey for a lot of years and he has always giving what i believe to be his utmost best and would never give up. With numerous clean sheets, outstanding saves and plenty of MOM's from a keeper who was quoted 'would never make it at this level'. Taurean i thank you...you did make it at this level and you often made it look easy.
Gorleston line up: Taurean Molloy, George Yussuf, Luke Goreham, Owen French, David Shade, Aarron Taylor (c), Elliott Hannant, Peter Lambert, Joel Watts, Mitch McKay, Nathan Russell, Named Subs: Isaac Burrage, Sean Perfect, Ismael Fatadjo, Jack Cottingham, Reece Farrow-Blanche
Since he returned to the club in the summer of 2015, Taurean Molloy has played 83 times and kept 21 clean sheets.
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