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.
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
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