Three Unbeaten as Greens Double Hadleigh
Gorleston achieved their only double of the season thanks to a Scott Woodgate goal.
Richard Daniels made two changes to the side that had drawn with Clacton with Lee Roots and Bradley Hough replaced by Mitch McKay and Scott Woodgate.
Gorleston created the first chance after five minutes when Adam Plumstead headed wide from a free kick with the Hadleigh keeper, Ben Nower, in no mans land. A low Joel Watts shot then caused the keeper trouble with a huge bobble as it was trickling into his arms but Nower had his body behind it.
The game was 19 minutes old before Liam Hembling's goal came under any real threat through a David Lorimer grass-cutter before Scott Chaplin hit a drive which moved in the air but Hembling was equal to it.
The hard, bobbly surface made it difficult for all the players to get control of the ball but both teams were managing to play some decent football despite this.
Kyle Cassell shot wide of Hembling's goal and Aaron Taylor had a header go wide at the other end before Gorleston took the lead in the 37th minute.
Nile Francis attempted to nod a long ball back to his goalkeeper from just outside the box but Scott Woodgate had anticipated the header and got behind the defender to seize on it, taking one touch to control and turn and another to tuck past the keeper into the goal.
The second half was dominated by the hosts, pressing high, and two minutes after the restart a Chaplin curler bounced away off the outside of the post.
On the hour Hadleigh played their way through the Greens defence with Chaplin put through. He slotted past Hembling but also wide of the post.
Gorleston were playing mostly on the counter attack and one of those saw Liam Brown pulled back as he tried to break into the box. Thomas Daniels free kick was cleared to McKay but he couldn't keep his shot down. Nathan Russell then had a shot go through to the keeper.
Cassell then latched onto a flicked header, beating the offside appeals, but Hembling raced from his goal to deny the striker. The ball went for a corner which was knocked on at the front post to Liam Slopes who seemed to have an empty goal to head into but somehow Hembling, scrambling across his goal, plucked the ball out of the air.
A minute later Cassell was through again but, once more, Hembling was equal to it.
Connor Ingram replaced Joel Watts with seven minutes left and immediately got involved winning the ball in the centre circle and driving forward, linking up with Woodgate, before being stopped by an excellent tackle by Tyler French on the edge of the box.
Hadleigh kept pushing forward as Gorleston tired but the Greens defended strongly and held out to complete the double over Hadleigh, their only one of this season.
Gorleston: Liam Hembling, Kyle Howell, Liam Brown, Mitch McKay, Aaron Taylor, Adam Plumstead, Thomas Daniels, Chris Sandford (c), Joel Watts (Connor Ingram 81), Scott Woodgate, Nathan Russell
Booking: Plumstead 90+3
Goal: Woodgate 37
Hadleigh: Ben Nower, Tyler French, Nile Francis, Jerome Trotter, Liam Slopes (c), Aaron Churchyard, Scott Chaplin, David Lorimer, Jerrell Paton, Kyle Cassell, Dan Thrower
Booking: French 63
Ref: Thomas Hancock
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