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Ely City
J Watts (50'), R Gilfedder (83')
Full time
J Brown (38', 95' Sent Off)
Sat 13 Jan 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties - Premier Division Attendance 96

Gilfy Strike Seals Win

Gorleston made it two wins on the bounce as they came from behind with an improved second half show in the Greens first home game of the year.

Stewart Larter made just one enforced change to the side that had won at Clacton. With goalkeeper Taurean Molloy having signed for Caister, in his place Larter has signed Scott Foreman, from Anglian Combination Premier Division side Acle. He is also brother of Daniel Foreman.

Despite only taking charge of the club in October, this was Stewart's 100th match as Gorleston manager, taking into account his first spell at the club.

Larter stuck with the formation that has served him quite well recently, with a back 5 and a midfield diamond with one lone striker, Joel Watts.

Ely 13/01/2018
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Ely settled the quicker and had the better of the game in a first half of few opportunites.

New Greens keeper Foreman was soon busy and was forced into his first major action in a Gorleston shirt after just 12 minutes when he was quick off his line to deny Alex Theobald who had got in between defenders.

Gorleston's only chance of note came after 33 minutes from a free kick which Peter Lambert got his head to but the effort was deflected at source by a defender and never troubled the goal.

Ely took the lead from the first corner of the match in the 38th minute. The corner was played into the box, flicked on at the near post, and found Jonathan Brown free in the middle of the box to turn it in.

The formation hadn't worked first half with the wing backs not getting forward enough, the midfield four becoming stretched, looking more cubic zirconia than diamond, and little support found its way to Watts up top.

However, five minutes into the second half, that changed.

George Yusuff bombed forward on the right and got to the byline where he whipped in a cross to the near post and Watts arrived first to flick it into the goal.

On the hour mark, Stewart Larter made a double substitution, sending Ross Gilfedder and Kyle Ingram into the fray, changing to a flat back four, with Watts going wide and, almost immediately, Gorleston looked more creative and inventive with the terrier Ingram looking lively.

Virtually straightaway Ingram got in behind but the keeper, Harry Reynolds, went down bravely to palm the ball away.

Four minutes after the substitutions, the Ely keeper was called on to make his first save from a low Gilfedder shot after he'd shrugged off his marker.

Nick Heap brought a save out of Foreman and the Greens gained their first and only corner of the game in the 70th minute.

It took until the 83rd minute before Gorleston got their noses in front.

Yusuff was heavily involved once more, winning the ball deep in his own half before spotting the forward run of Gilfedder and sending the ball forward into his path.

Gilfedder easily held off the defender and calmly slotted the ball under the advancing keeper into the net.

A minute into injury time, an Ingram free kick from 20 yards bounced away off the top of the bar and the closest Ely came to equalising was a minute later from their second corner of the game which keeper Reynolds went up for. The keeper got to it but the Greens got in a block and scrambled it away.

Five minutes into stoppage time, with Gorleston looking to run the clock down and the ball out for a throw in, Jonathan Brown decided to pick it up and throw it with a basketball type chest pass towards the face of Yusuff, earning a straight red card for his troubles. Ely's bench also found themselves in trouble with the ref after the final whistle as frustration boiled over.

Match sponsor was Gerald Baxter and he awarded the Batemans man of the match to Nathan Russell.

Gorleston: Scott Foreman, George Yusuff, Luke Goreham, Owen French Ross Gilfedder 60), David Shade, Aarron Taylor (c), Elliott Hannant (Kyle Ingram 60), Peter Lambert, Joel Watts (Ismael Fatadjo 79), Mitch McKay, Nathan Russell

Booking: Shade 78

Goals: Watts 50; Gilfedder 83

Ely City: Harry Reynolds, Finley Logan (Martin Grey 67), Alex Brown, Ashley Walter (c), Ollie Brookes, Liam Griffin (Scott Callaghan 80), Matthew Simpson, James Seymour, Jonathan Brown, Alex Theobald, Nick Heap

Bookings: Seymour 85; Reynolds 90+1

Goal: J Brown 38

Ref: Oliver Morris-Sanders
Attendance: 96

Stat Attack
GorlestonEly City
1Other efforts on target1
2Other efforts off target2
1Other efforts against woodwork0
0Shots blocked1
1Corners for2
1Caught offside8
9Free kicks for18
1Yellow cards2
0Red cards1

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Nathan Russell

Player of the Match

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Key moments

Goal Jonathan Brown scores for Ely City
Goal Joel Watts scores for Gorleston
Goal Ross Gilfedder scores for Gorleston
90:00 +5:00
Red Card Jonathan Brown is sent off for Ely City

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Ely 13/01/2018
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90:00 +6:00 Player of the Match
Nathan Russell is awarded player of the match for Gorleston
90:00 +5:00 Red Card 2 - 1
Jonathan Brown is sent off for Ely City
90:00 +1:00 Yellow Card
Harry Reynolds is yellow carded for Ely City
85:00 Yellow Card
James Seymour is yellow carded for Ely City
83:00 Goal 2 - 1
Ross Gilfedder scores for Gorleston
79:00 Sub Off
Joel Watts is substituted off for Gorleston
79:00 Sub On
Ismael Fatadjo is substituted on for Gorleston
78:00 Yellow Card
David Shade is yellow carded for Gorleston
60:00 Sub Off
Owen French is substituted off for Gorleston
60:00 Sub On
Ross Gilfedder is substituted on for Gorleston
60:00 Sub On
Kyle Ingram is substituted on for Gorleston
60:00 Sub Off
Elliott Hannant is substituted off for Gorleston
50:00 Goal 1 - 1
Joel Watts scores for Gorleston
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jonathan Brown scores for Ely City
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gorleston
  • Ely City
  • 0
  • Jonathan Brown Goal 38:00'
  • Joel Watts Goal 50:00'
  • Owen French Sub Off 60:00'
  • Ross Gilfedder Sub On 60:00'
  • Kyle Ingram Sub On 60:00'
  • Elliott Hannant Sub Off 60:00'
  • David Shade Yellow Card 78:00'
  • Joel Watts Sub Off 79:00'
  • Ismael Fatadjo Sub On 79:00'
  • Ross Gilfedder Goal 83:00'
  • James Seymour Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Harry Reynolds Yellow Card 90:00 +1:00'
  • Jonathan Brown Red Card 90:00 +5:00'

Team selection

Ely City
  • 1. Harry Reynolds
  • 2. Finley Logan
  • 3. Alex Brown
  • 4. Ashley Walter
  • 5. Ollie Brookes
  • 6. Liam Griffin
  • 7. Matthew Simpson
  • 8. James Seymour
  • 9. Jonathan Brown
  • 10. Alex Theobald
  • 11. Nick Heap
  • 12. Scott Callaghan
  • 13. Daniel Jeffery

League round up

Other Premier Division results

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Felixstowe & Walton United
Godmanchester Rovers
Hadleigh United
Saffron Walden Town
Newmarket Town
Ipswich Wanderers
Stowmarket Town
Walsham le Willows
Long Melford
FC Clacton


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# 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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