Greens the Boss On Vase Day
By David Hardy
The double act of Ross Gilfedder and Ryan Fuller hit a double each to send their side through in the FA Vase.
There were just two changes from the side which lost at Ely the week before with Luke Goreham and Jordan Stanton missing out. Elliott Hannant returned to make his 50th first team appearance and there was a first start of the season for Mitch McKay. Aarron Taylor made his 150th appearance for Gorleston.
Boston perhaps should have taken the lead inside the first 45 seconds when Dominic Goddard got through but he shot wide.
The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges but the Greens soon settled. Great work by Joel Watts on the left touchline won the ball for McKay whose shot was blocked. The ball fell to Ross Gilfedder clear inside the box but Boston keeper James Cambley got down to save.
With 19 minutes gone again Boston should have scored. This time Harrison Holland got in behind the Gorleston defence through the middle. With Tom Coombe advancing, the striker tried to lob him but he lacked any sort of conviction and only succeeded in volleying the ball into Coombes arms.
That miss proved costly as, two minutes later, Gorleston took the lead. A long ball forward was brought down and Fuller slid the ball through for Gilfedder who, this time, tucked the ball away into the net.
Gorleston were now in the ascendancy and, four minutes later, Gilfedder was in again but his chip was easy for the keeper. David Shade then headed a Fuller throw in goalwards where it was sliced off the line. The ball fell to Gilfedder about four yards out at an angle but he lifted the ball over the goal.
The 35th minute equaliser was somewhat against the run of play. A long clearance by Cambley should have been dealt with but the ball skimmed off Shade's head and fell into the path of Scott Coupland who bent it over Coombe and into the corner.
Gorleston began the second half well, keeping the ball well and, seven minutes into the half, their possession paid off. The ball was pulled back from the byline into Gilfedder's stride on the right side of the box and the big man struck his left shot across the keeper and inside the far post.
Four minutes later another nice move sent Fuller clear through the middle but his shot was straight at the keeper.
However a quick double from Fuller, five minutes later, secured victory for his side.
There was an element of good fortune in the first one. Boston couldn't get the ball away, thanks to the Gorleston Gegenpress, and as a defender tried to clear from the box , Fuller closed him down, blocked the clearance and the ball ricocheted back into the goal.
Two minutes later Gilfedder barged his way into the box and got a shot away which was blocked. Gilfedder powered on forward, looking for his hat trick. The ball bounced off him towards Fuller at the far post and he bundled it home from close range for his second of the game.
Fuller has now hit the net six times in five games for the Greens.
Watts could have added to the scoreline when he latched on to a nice through ball but he fired into the side netting.
Sub Dino Tabakovic came on and was immediately into the action. With two minutes left he tried a curler which drifted wide but that was just a sighter as, a minute later, a nice Fuller through ball sent Tabakovic through and he cheekily chipped the advancing keeper to score his first ever Gorleston goal.
The match sponsor was Mr G Baxter and his Batemans man of the match was Mitch McKay.
Gorleston: Tom Coombe, Jackson Ramm, Jack Tipple, Mitch McKay, David Shade (Joe Norton 73), Aarron Taylor (c), Elliott Hannant, Jordan Cantwell, Ross Gilfedder (Nelson Carinhas 68), Ryan Fuller, Joel Watts (Dino Tabakovic 80)
Goals: Gilfedder 21, 62; Fuller 61, 63; Tabakovic 89
Boston Town: James Cambley, Jordan Tate, Corey Cuniliffe, Simon Ashton, Andy Parish, Richard Ford (c), Mido Tyrki (James Sparrow 70), Tyler Walker, Harrison Holland (Enea Zouka 46), Scott Coupland, Dominic Goddard (Robert Raducan 62)
Goal: Coupland 35
Ref: Stephen Macken