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Haverhill Rovers
J Watts (8'), T Daniels (20'), B Hough (82', 87')
Full time
Sat 2 May 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - Premier Division Attendance 110

All Rover as Brad bags Brace

After a roller coaster year, Gorleston ended their season with two wins on the bounce and unbeaten in four.

There was just one change from the victory at Hadleigh last time out. Chris Sandford was unavailable and supporters player of the season Keegan Middleton returned from suspension to replace him.

In an entertaining first half the Greens took the lead in the 8th minute.

Following a good move, a cross from the right was turned back across goal by Liam Brown where Joel Watts arrived to tuck the ball into the net.

Haverhill Rovers - 2nd May 2015
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The lead didn't last long however as, four minutes later, Aaron Taylor's attempt to clear a long ball saw the ball slice off his foot and perfectly lob over keeper Liam Hembling into the net.

Eight minutes later Gorleston were back in front from an unlikely source.

Thomas Daniels picked the ball up just inside the opposition half and drove forward, skipping past several challenges, before unleashing an unstoppable shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner for his only goal of the season and his second ever in a Gorleston shirt.

Hembling picked up a yellow card for grabbing the ball inches outside the penalty area before Liam Brown came close to grabbing his first Gorleston goal with a long range effort that crashed down off the underside of the bar.

Watts also had an effort palmed away by Haverhill keeper Graham Smith.

Gorleston began the second half on top with Aaron Taylor heading wide and Mitch McKay smacking a shot so hard over the bar the stand is still shaking.

Midway through the half a deep Brown cross found substitute Bradley Hough at the back post but he headed into the side netting under pressure.

Haverhill then had their best spell of the game with Gorleston just happy to clear their lines and Hembling produced his only save of the match in the 72nd minute getting down low to deny James Baughurst with Rhys Shulver putting the follow up over.

With eight minutes remaining Gorleston secured the three points and a 12th place league finish. Joel Watts broke through one on one with the goalkeeper who made a block but the ball went to the right to where Bradley Hough arrived, following up, to tap the ball into the empty goal.

Five minutes later it was 4-1 and a brace for Bradley as Watts found Middleton who slotted a ball between defenders to Hough who hit an unstoppable shot from 8 yards into the net.

That was Hough's 52nd goal on his 154th appearance for the Greens and he almost managed to add to his tally as the game entered injury time when he was denied from close range by the keeper, leaving him lying hurt in the box. Roots follow up shot was then charged down with the ball only narrowly missing being inadvertently diverted into the goal by the prostrate Hough.

Match sponsors were GEV Offshore Ltd with the man of the match going to Joel Watts.

Gorleston: Liam Hembling, Kyle Howell, Liam Brown (Lee Roots 71), Thomas Daniels (c), Adam Plumstead, Aaron Taylor, Nathan Russell, Mitch McKay, Scott Woodgate (Bradley Hough 62), Joel Watts, Keegan Middleton

Booking: Hembling 31

Goals: Watts 8; Daniels 20; Hough 82,87

Haverhill Rovers: Graham Smith, Perry Moody, Will Gardner, Michael Shinn, Sam Holmes (c), Nick Wilderskin, Charlie Sigler (Oliver Stevenson 46), Marc Abbott, Tyrone Alleyne, James Baughurst, Simon Newnes (Rhys Shulver 46)

Goal: Taylor og 12

Stat Attack
3Other efforts on target1
6Other efforts off target2
1Other efforts against woodwork0
5Corners for1
3Caught offside1
5Free kicks for13
1Yellow cards0
0Red cards0

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Joel Watts

Player of the Match

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Key moments

Goal Joel Watts scores for Gorleston
Goal Thomas Daniels scores for Gorleston
Goal Bradley Hough scores for Gorleston
Goal Bradley Hough scores for Gorleston

Videos and photos

Haverhill Rovers - 2nd May 2015
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Replay game

As it happened

  • Gorleston
  • Haverhill Rovers
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  • Liam Brown Assist 8:00'
  • Joel Watts Goal 8:00'
  • Thomas Daniels Goal 20:00'
  • Liam Hembling Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Scott Woodgate Sub Off 62:00'
  • Bradley Hough Sub On 62:00'
  • Liam Brown Sub Off 71:00'
  • Lee Roots Sub On 71:00'
  • Joel Watts Assist 82:00'
  • Bradley Hough Goal 82:00'
  • Keegan Middleton Assist 87:00'
  • Bradley Hough Goal 87:00'

Team selection

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Hadleigh United
Whitton United
Mildenhall Town
Brantham Athletic
Stanway Rovers
Walsham le Willows
FC Clacton


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
10. Mildenhall Town 38 52
11. Whitton United 38 51
12. Gorleston 38 47
13. Fakenham Town 38 45
14. Thetford Town 38 42
15. Walsham le Willows 38 40
16. FC Clacton 38 40

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