Greens Edge Bank Holiday Derby
Greens Edge Bank Holiday Derby
The greens retained the East coast bragging rights winning a tight contest at The Welllesley by a solitary goal. The home side kept faith with their young players and included five youth players in the starting eleven. Ager returned to partner Urry in defence and Ben Lewis reverted to his more customary position in midfield. Otherwise the team that started was similar to the one that started against Brantham on Saturday, minus an unwell Aaron Sanders.
On a glorious Bank Holiday afternoon the game kicked off with the visiting Green Army in full voice. The first goalmouth action came after five minutes when Josh Ford’s freekick was claimed by Foreman in the visitor’s goal. A few minutes later Lewis’ header was saved easily by Foreman as the home side took the game to the greens. A Miles Palmer corner narrowly missed the back post with another from Ford seeing a header flash wide in a crowded penalty area. The greens then got a foothold in the game as Fatadjo fired in a shot .Gilfedder then turned on the edge of the area and hit another fierce drive which Milligan pushed away and Watts’ follow up shot whistled past the far post. Cullumbine then broke free of his markers and his low cross narrowly missed Hagan as the young winger stole in at the back post. Gilfedder then did well to retain possession and crossed to the far post and the home side were grateful to Howell who managed to clear away the danger. Gilfedder again found space but his shot went wide of the upright. The goal came just after the half hour mark, a simple move found Jack Garrod in space and he went through unchallenged to fire the ball past Milligan, much to the delight of the travelling Green Army. Five minutes later it could have been all square, Cullumbine was fouled but referee Ollie Morris-Sanders allowed a good advantage that saw Palmer gallop clear of the greens defence but his shot was saved by the feet of Foreman. Hagan then fired a shot at Foreman as the home side looked to get on level terms. Another great chance for the Bloaters came when Howell’s powerful clearing header caught the visitors defence out and Cullumbine ran through unchallenged but his lob over Foreman sailed over the bar. The home side then had another chance to equalise as Hagan couldn’t take advantage of a lucky bounce and then Lewis was surprised as Palmer’s cross through a crowd of players found the big midfielder in front of goal.
A fairly even first half with both sides creating chances, but Garrod’s strike separated the teams at half-time.
HT Great Yarmouth Town 0 Gorleston 1
The greens were first to show in the second half when Garrod’s cross found Gilfedder at the far post but Milligan managed to deny the big Gorleston striker as he was about to strike. Gilfedder was proving a thorn for the home side as he held off a defender and set the ball to Fatadjo who fired over when well-placed. McKay then found some space in the midfield and the ball found its way to Goreham who hit a shot over the bar. Mitch Forbes then came on to replace Palmer as the home side continued their hunt for an equaliser. The greens were now content to soak up any pressure and hit the Bloaters with their fast counter-attacking raids, one of which was halted by an excellent tackle by Kyle Howell as Garrod broke through. At the other end Cullumbine again found space only to be thwarted by Foreman. Sean Perfect then came on to replace Joel Watts for the Greens and Holmes came on for Hagan as the home side switched to an all-out attacking formation. A Josh Ford long throw-in caused a scramble in the penalty area with a couple of attempts blocked in front of goal and then cleared away by the Gorleston defence . More good play by Davis found Forbes in space but he fired his shot over the bar. The home side were becoming desperate as they launched balls into the Greens penalty area but Lambert and Yusuff in the centre of defence remained defiant. Gorleston then replaced Fatadjo with Russel as referee Morris-Sanders ,who controlled the game well , offered the sweltering players a well-earned drinks break. With ten minutes left the ever-dangerous Gilfedder did well to hold the ball up and play in McKay but he too fired over the bar as both sets of attackers were struggling to hit the target. Moments later another long ball into the box found the head of Chris Holmes and his goalbound effort was cleared off the line. Gorleston broke quickly with five attackers against three defenders with the home side over-committing players in attack, but fortunately the attack was halted by an offside flag, which was a let-off for the Bloaters.
Goalscorer Garrod was then replaced by Keegan Middleton before Sean Perfect got around the back and sent in a low cross that evaded everyone and was cleared away. There was one more chance for the home side as sub Cain Eagleton fired in a powerful goalbound drive that cannoned off Lambert to keep the scores level. The greens managed the game out to a conclusion and claim the east coast bragging rights for another season.
Martin Sinclair summarised the game perfectly “ We didn’t deserve to lose today but we didn’t do enough to win it either” A disappointed Adam Mason added “ We deserved at least a point today but luck was with our visitors who have had a great season and finished off well today. I am pleased the season is over and a rest is well overdue. Weary and thankful for all those that give up unpaid hours of dedication for the Bloaters”
Joint Managers addressed the crowd after the final whistle and thanked the supporters and volunteers who have supported the club throughout a long ,hard season. There was praise too for the young players that have broken into the side and have acquitted themselves well playing at Eastern counties level.
Seventeen year old Ray Urry was voted Supporters Player of the Season , and was presented with his award before the game
Man of the Match sponsored by the Kings Arms , Northgate Street : Ben Lewis
Full Time : Great Yarmouth Town 0 Gorleston 1
Gorleston : Foreman ,Ramm, Ingram, McKay, Yusuff, Lambert, Garrod, Goreham, Gilfedder, Fatadjo , Watts Subs : Perfect Russel, Middleton ,Burrage, Pinheiro
Great Yarmouth : Milligan, Howell, Ford, Bartram, Ager, Urry, Palmer, Lewis, Cullumbine, Davis, Hagan Subs : Holmes , Forbes, Eagleton, Lopes