Mrs Brown's Boy Gets One for Greens
By David Hardy
Gorleston bounced back well from last weeks defeat in Peterborough and probably deserved all three points.
Ricci Butler made five changes but not because of that result.
Mitch McKay was injured last week and replaced by Will Morris for his first Gorleston start. Taurean Molloy, Harley Clements, Ross Goodwin and Peter Oldham were all unavailable and replaced by George Parkin, Liam Brown, Connor Ingram and Dale Cockrill.
Gorleston started well, knocking the ball around and keeping it nicely and were rewarded in the 9th minute.
Kieren Joseph picked the ball up on the left and squared it into the box, it was helped on by Joel Watts to Liam Brown who fired into the net for his first of the season and doubling his tally in a Gorleston shirt.
The Greens continued to be dominant and have the majority of the possession but allowed their opponents back into the game in the 19th minute.
A long hopeful punt forward from the Haverhill keeper bounced into the Gorleston box. Young keeper Parkin stretched to hold it but only succeeded in knocking it down to the feet of a Rovers player who crossed into the box to where H11 tapped into the empty net.
H8 headed over a golden chance to put the visitors in front whilst, at the other end, Joseph and captain for the day Keegan Middleton both hit shots over the bar.
The second half continued with Gorleston playing nice football and an early Will Morris shot deflected narrowly wide.
Haverhill missed a good chance to go ahead when a low ball was drilled across the face of the Gorleston goal, just needing a touch but nobody was there.
Good strong play by Connor Ingram midway through the half saw the ball worked wide to Sam Ellis. His cross picked out Joseph who thundered a shot against the defender's arm, far too close for the referee to award a penalty, then blasted the rebound over.
Four minutes later a ball was played over the top towards Joel Watts and Joseph in the centre and they were both through on goal. Joseph took the ball on but was correctly given offside, unfortunately for the Greens as if Watts had got on to it first he appeared to have run from onside.
Ingram was next to race through behind the Rovers defence and, as the keeper advanced, Ingram knocked the ball past him but also wide of the goal.
The only other shot on target by either team, other than the goals, came in the 76th minute when Joseph worked a shooting opportunity for himself and drilled the ball goalwards but the keeper made a flying save to his right to put the ball out for a corner.
Haverhill went close with a combination of Brown and Ellis hooking the ball out from under their own crossbar and the visitors should have won it late on when H8 was clear and free in front of goal but he blazed over, perhaps dazzled by the brightness of the new Gorleston goalkeeping jersey!
All in all a good performance for the young Greens which leaves them unbeaten in the league so far!
Match sponsor Maurice Butler awarded man of the match to Luke Goreham.
Gorleston: George Parkin, Sam Ellis, Alex Kounnas, Will Morris (Jason Thompson 72), Liam Brown, Dale Cockrill, Joel Watts (Jordan Stanton 84), Luke Goreham, Kieren Joseph, Connor Ingram, Keegan Middleton (c)
Bookings: Ellis 52, Joseph 80
Goal: Brown 9
Haverhill Rovers: Charlie Turner, Harry Halls, Mitchell Burr, Ross Elkins, Sam Holmes (c), Ryan Geoghegan, Ryan Weaver (Oliver Stevenson 64), Johnathon Milne, Danny Hill (Owen Boddey 74), Luke Latham (Rory Jebb 74), Ben Bradley
Booking: Elkins 86
Goal: Bradley 19
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