More Travel Woes for Greens
Gorleston drew a blank on the road for the second time in a week.
Ricci Butler made five changes from the defeat at Long Melford with George MacRae, Joe Bracewell, Mitch McKay, Tom Markham and Gerson Soares out and Taurean Molloy, Damon Wise, Dan Goodrum, Peter Lambert and Ashley King coming in.
An indication of how the night was going to pan out came in the very first minute. Matty Brown was left in a heap by the touchline following a challenge from Joe Allen that, at any other time in the game, would have earned a yellow card, but not this time. Brown was left with a lump on his leg and had to be replaced by Sam Ellis.
Thetford then saw a 6th minute free kick headed off the line before King had a header nodded off the line at the other end.
A frenetic opening saw Molloy palm away a Shaun Hunsdon shot, a Keegan Middleton volley went wide at the other end, and the ref missed two blatant handballs – one for each team - all inside the first 15 minutes.
Another dangerous free kick in the 25th minute for Thetford saw Andrew Cusack’s place kick turned onto the post by Molloy.
Allen did pick up a yellow after 30 minutes so was arguably lucky to still be on the pitch.
Seven minutes before the break came Gorleston’s best move of the game and the closest they came to scoring.
A lovely link up between Kyle Ingram and King on the right saw the ball fed inside to Lambert then on one more to Middleton whose curling effort beat the keeper but smacked against the upright. King drove the follow up across the face of goal where it was cleared away.
If Allen had been lucky to avoid a yellow in the first minute, so was Middleton after 35 for a lunge at Dane Coomber-Willis which made the full back scream although he required no treatment.
Two minutes into first half stoppage time Thetford took the lead.
Conna Harris looked like he had made a good challenge on the edge of the box. The ref thought otherwise, booked Harris and awarded a free kick.
Ryan Pearson’s kick was saved by Molloy but Danny White followed up for a simple tap in.
Worse was to come for Gorleston six minutes into the second half. Robbie Priddle wriggled to the byline and pulled the ball back to an unmarked Allen to tap in.
Joel Watts came on to give the Greens a front two and almost immediately there was a scramble in front of the Thetford goal from a free kick but, try as they might, Gorleston could not force the ball through the mass ranks of Thetford defenders.
The game was over just after the hour mark when Thetford scored a third through Hunsdon.
Molloy saw the red mist, swiftly followed by a red card, in the 77th minute following an altercation with a home ‘supporter’.
I’m a placid chap but, if the supporter said what was alleged, even I would have flipped. The fan soon scuttled off after discrediting both himself and his club and there is no place for that in local football.
Dan Goodrum went in goal and Thetford didn’t get one past him until the second minute of injury time through Ian Fancett.
Gorleston: Taurean Molloy, Damon Wise, Matty Brown (Sam Ellis 5), Dan Goodrum, Conna Harris (Dane Whiteley 70), Liam Brown, Kyle Ingram, Peter Lambert, Ashley King, Cain Eagleton (Joel Watts 58), Keegan Middleton (c)
Booking: Harris 45; Goodrum 53; Middleton 77; Watts 81
Sent off: Molloy 77
Thetford: Matt Barker, Dane Coomber-Willis, Andrew Cusack (c), Shane Leech, Todd Hutcherson, Luke Bailey, Ryan Pearson (Elliot Gibson 70), Danny White, Joe Allen (Danny Foster 67), Robbie Priddle, Shaun Hunsdon (Ian Fancett 81)
Bookings: Allen 30; Foster 89
Goals: White 45+2; Allen 51; Hunsdon 61; Fancett 90+2
Ref: A Pope
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