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Gorleston
Haverhill Rovers
J Watts (14'), T Markham (86')
Full time
Sat 5 Dec 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - Premier Division Attendance 81

Tom Makes Mark as Greens Do Double

A late goal from substitute Tom Markham gave Gorleston the three points at a windy Emerald Park.

Ricci Butler’s first game as a Greens boss had been victory in Haverhill and he made two changes to the side that had been unfortunate to go out of the FA Vase in their previous game.

Aaron Taylor was suspended following his wrongful dismissal in that game and there was no Chris Sandford. Cain Eagleton and Sam Ellis came into the team.

Butler threw in a surprise too, switching his team to three at the back: Harley Clements, Liam Brown and Conna Harris; with Luke Goreham and Sam Ellis playing wing backs.

Haverhill Rovers 05/12/2015
17 photos

The visitors came into the game in blistering form, unbeaten in seven league games and just one defeat in their last thirteen. They also had not conceded a goal since the first ten minutes of their game with Ipswich Wanderers, five matches earlier.

Playing into the strong wind, Gorleston could have gone ahead as early as the second minute when the tricky Kyle Ingram left his marker in his wake and played the ball inside to Keegan Middleton who sidefooted low past the keeper but there was a bit too much slice on it and the ball drifted a foot wide of the post.

The first effort on target from either team came in the 10th minute when a weak Marcus Hunt header following a free kick bounced harmlessly into George Macrae’s arms.

Four minutes later Gorleston went ahead.

Eagleton’s knock down found Middleton who slid the ball towards Joel Watts, who was lurking on the last defender.

A sublime first touch and turn by Watts left the defender for dead and sent him through on the keeper. Watts kept his cool and slotted calmly past the keeper into the net for his 7th goal of the season and the first past the Rovers keeper for 450+ minutes.

The lead only lasted nine minutes.

Gorleston couldn’t clear a cross properly against the wind. The ball was played back to the edge of the area. A long range effort was half blocked by a defender, the ball cannoning down into the ground off his arm, but it fell nicely into the path of Blake Kicks who made no mistake kicking it into the net past MacRae.

Five minutes later a mix up sent Haverhill through on goal again but MacRae was quickly at the edge of his box to make a block tackle and clear.

Four minutes before the break a Middleton cross picked out Ellis at the back post. He struck the ball goalwards but was denied by a flying Alex Archer, who palmed the ball away.

The half ended with a few feisty challenges mostly centred on Ingram, but it was the Gorleston player who ended up in the ref’s notebook for seeking his own revenge and there were words exchanged as the teams left the pitch under close scrutiny from the referee.

The second half developed into a scrappy affair with the wind having the beating of both teams.

MacRae kept his side on level terms ten minutes into the half when Haverhill broke from a Gorleston corner, the Greens keeper fingertipping over Ryan Weaver’s effort.

The visitors seemed to have adapted better to the conditions playing into the wind with Gorleston tending to be a little too direct and their passes forward being overhit and running through too far.

Neither side were creating any clear cut chances with both teams reduced to speculative efforts.

With twelve minutes remaining Butler made the first of his substitutions bringing Tom Markham on for Ellis and switching to a 4 4 2.

Two minutes later a scramble in front of the Haverhill goal looked like it would put the Greens back in front but Rovers players threw their bodies in the way with Ingram, Watts, Lambert and Clements all denied by blocks.

The winning goal came four minutes from time.

Markham picked the ball up on the edge of the box facing away from goal. A nice turn in a tight space opened up a shooting opportunity which he took, the ball deflecting up off a defender and looping over the stranded keeper into the net.

There was still time for Haverhill to respond and another superb tip over from MacRae three minutes into stoppage time ensured his side took home all three points.

Match sponsor was Ray Hodgson and he gave the man of the match to Kyle Ingram.

Gorleston: George Macrae, Sam Ellis (Tom Markham 78), Luke Goreham (c), Conna Harris, Harley Clements, Liam Brown, Kyle Ingram, Cain Eagleton, Peter Lambert, Joel Watts (Mitch McKay 83), Keegan Middleton
Bookings: Ingram 44; Clements 67

Goals: Watts 14; Markham 86

Haverhill Rovers: Alex Archer, Perry Moody, Tyler Kemp, Simon Newnes (Oliver Stevenson 88), Marcus Hunt, Martyn Farrant (c), Luke Haines (Rory Jebb 88), Riki Baker, Ryan Weaver, Blake Kicks, Will Gardner

Goal: Kicks 23

Ref: Dan Cook

Attendance: 81

Stat Attack
GorlestonHaverhill Rovers
2Goals1
1Other efforts on target3
3Other efforts off target4
0Other efforts against woodwork0
3Corners for3
0Caught offside6
14Free kicks for11
2Yellow cards0
0Red cards0

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Kyle Ingram

Player of the Match

Kyle Ingram

Key moments

14:00
Goal Joel Watts scores for Gorleston
86:00
Goal Tom Markham scores for Gorleston

Videos and photos

Haverhill Rovers 05/12/2015
17 photos
Replay game

As it happened

  • Gorleston
  • Haverhill Rovers
  • 0
  • Keegan Middleton Assist 14:00'
  • Joel Watts Goal 14:00'
  • Kyle Ingram Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Harley Clements Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Sam Ellis Sub Off 78:00'
  • Tom Markham Sub On 78:00'
  • Joel Watts Sub Off 83:00'
  • Mitch McKay Sub On 83:00'
  • Tom Markham Goal 86:00'

Team selection

Macrae, George Macrae, George
Clements, Harley Clements, Harley
Brown, Liam Brown, Liam
Harris, Conna Harris, Conna
Ellis, Sam Ellis, Sam
Goreham, Luke Goreham, Luke
Ingram, Kyle Ingram, Kyle
Eagleton, Cain Eagleton, Cain
Middleton, Keegan Middleton, Keegan
Lambert, Peter Lambert, Peter
Watts, Joel Watts, Joel

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# Team Pl Pts
14. Walsham le Willows 38 38
15. Ipswich Wanderers 38 38
16. Gorleston 38 37
17. Fakenham Town 38 36
18. Swaffham Town 38 35
19. Thetford Town 38 33
20. Whitton United 38 22

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