Wonder of Wonders at Wanderers
Penalty king Keegan Middleton helped to ensure three more valuable points headed back to Emerald Park.
Both sides have had to play three games in five days and Gorleston boss Ricci Butler will be extremely pleased with his teams haul of six points from the possible nine, which puts the Greens ten points clear of the bottom three.
Again he had to make changes due to unavailabilities. Taurean Molloy, Damon Wise and Jordan Stanton were all missing from the defeat at Kirkley with Adam Bray and Elliott Hannant dropping to the bench.
George Macrae returned in goal, Matty Brown to left back, Kyle Ingram came in on the right whilst Connor Ingram was given the lone striker role.
Ross Goodwin made his debut at right back and became the 41st player to make a first team appearance this season.
Gorleston dominated the majority of the first half at Humber Doucy Lane.
Inside the first fifteen seconds Peter Lambert tested the keeper with an effort from distance which James Bradbrook had to backpedal frantically to palm away. Bradbrook then denied Kyle Ingram with a smart low stop at his near post.
The Greens took the lead in the 24th minute through a Keegan Middleton penalty after Matty Brown had been upended in the box by a combination of two defenders.
Connor Ingram tried his luck from distance but the keeper was equal to it then, six minutes before half time, the Greens doubled their lead.
Trickery from Joel Watts close to the left corner flag, left the full back on his backside. Watts crossed to the back post where Kyle Ingram rose highest to head in to the bottom corner.
Two minutes later Connor Ingram broke through but his attempt to find the top corner saw the ball fly narrowly wide of the angle.
Wanderers responded and pulled a goal back two minutes before the break when a low ball across the face of goal was met by Jack Severy running in at the back post for a tap in.
This gave the hosts hope and they began the second half with more gusto.
MacRae reacted quickly to keep out a low effort six minutes into the half as the Greens ship was rocking.
However, Gorleston responded. A Kyle Ingram cross skimmed off the top of the bar and it was the Greens who were next to score in the 62nd minute.
Matty Brown was fouled 35 yards out. Initially ref Mr Sannerude waved play on but then realised there was no advantage so awarded the free kick.
Middleton sent the kick into the penalty area where it eluded everybody except for the last defender who nodded the ball over his own keeper into the goal.
Six minutes later the three points were virtually secured.
Connor Ingram had been superb as a lone front man, regularly getting the better of his three markers.
On one of those occasions Mark Goldfinch was adjudged to have fouled him right on the line on the edge of the penalty area. As the line is part of the box, Mr Sannerude awarded the penalty from which Middleton converted again.
It is 16 months since Gorleston’s last successful penalty – not counting the Long Melford game in December as that was abandoned - then two come along at once. For the stattos, the two penalties moved Middleton into joint 6th on the list of successful Gorleston penalty takers with 10, but still 16 behind Steve King at the top and 4 behind third placed Gary Ingram.
Wanderers continued to press the Greens back but the defence stood firm getting the blocks in with a strong determination and managing to clear an effort off the line.
The visitors were slightly unfortunate to concede in the 79th minute. George Macrae pulled off a good low save but the ball rebounded straight to Goldfinch to tuck in from two yards out, a goal greeted with virtual silence from the home fans.
Gorleston held out through seven minutes of injury time with Wanderers only going close through a low free kick turned wide at the near post. The only downside of the night was that Harley Clements and Peter Lambert both picked up late knocks that will make them doubtful for Saturday.
Gorleston: George Macrae, Ross Goodwin, Matty Brown, Cain Eagleton (Mitch McKay 66), Harley Clements (c)(Adam Bray 88), Liam Brown, Kyle Ingram, Peter Lambert, Keegan Middleton (Elliott Hannant 80), Connor Ingram, Joel Watts
Goals: Middleton 24(p), 68(p); K Ingram 39; Own Goal 62
Ipswich Wanderers: James Bradbrook, Nathan Speed (David Head 66), Shane Wardley, Seth Duzgun, Dan Tredray, Mark Goldfinch, Jack Severy, Ross Myhill, Craig Jennings, Kieran Driver (Connor Corrick 79), Matt Mackenzie (Ben Deacon 46)
Booking: Goldfinch 69
Goals: Severy 43; Goldfinch 79
Ref: Ady Sannerude
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