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Gorleston
Thetford Town
C Deeks (42'), C Ingram (91')
Full time
A Stillinger (54')
Tue 1 Aug 19:45 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties - Premier Division Attendance 129

Greens Leave it Late but Begin with a Win

The proverbial game of two halves saw Gorleston snatch victory in second half stoppage time.

Gorleston's first line up of the season saw two debutants in Connor Deeks and Ismael Fatadjo and Reserve team gaffer Scott Butler standing in for his brother in the dug out. George Yusuff was making his 50th appearance.

The Greens began well having the better of the opening exchanges but then began to give away silly free kicks around the edge of their own box giving Thetford opportunities to launch the ball into the penalty area and apply pressure.

They came closest with the first free kick. As the ball came into the box keeper Taurean Molloy called but didn't make it. Alex Stillinger rose highest and nodded the ball over the keeper but it bounced back off the post.

Thetford Town 01/08/2017
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Gorleston regrouped and, after 15 minutes, hit the woodwork themselves when a Mitch McKay free kick from 25 yards beat the keeper but struck the base of the post.

Max Melanson hit a shot straight at Molloy before Joel Watts had an effort straight at Kingsley Barnes up the other end.

Fatadjo then almost got on the end of a rebound but poked the ball wide.

The lively Fatadjo was giving the opposition the runaround and Melanson went into the book for a foul on him. McKay again took the free kick which Barnes saved with his defence clearing the rebound. From the resulting corner Aarron Taylor flicked a near post header wide.

Gorleston were increasing the pressure and it seemed just a matter of time before the found the net and, so they did, three minutes before the break.

A corner into the six yard box was headed clear to the edge of the area where it was collected by Deeks who then drilled it back through the crowd of players and in off the far post.

If the Greens had the edge in the first half, then it was Thetford who bossed the second pushing Gorleston back from the off.

The equaliser came in the 54th minute. Bradley Sandell was given far too much space to measure his cross in to the near post where Stillinger arrived unchecked to nod the ball past Molloy.

Five minutes later the Greens came close to regaining the lead when Fatadjo's side foot from just inside the box bounced away off the crossbar.

Fatadjo then wriggled away from his marker and cut into the box before hitting a tame left footer straight to the keeper when he probably should have squared the ball.

At the other end a good burst forward by Johnny Conroy looked dangerous but the Brecklander scuffed his effort wide.

Thetford were looking the most likely at this stage with Gorleston having lost their way and playing on the counter.

As the game entered stoppage time it looked as if it would end as a draw, which would have been a fair result.

However, sub Jay Turner, who had replaced McKay in the 69th minute to become the third debutant of the night, picked up the ball on the edge of the box and lifted it towards the back post.

Barnes looked to have the situation under control as he reached up to catch the ball but it slipped from his grasp and fell nicely for poacher Connor Ingram to tap in the winner from a yard out.

There was still time for a fourth debutant when Daniel Pinheiro came on.

Match sponsor Stuart Low of Bluelight Surveys named the Batemans man of the match as Connor Deeks.

Gorleston: Taurean Molloy, George Yusuff, Kyle Ingram, Luke Goreham, Isaac Burrage, Aarron Taylor (c), Ismael Fatadjo (Daniel Pinheiro 90+2), Connor Deeks, Connor Ingram, Mitch McKay (Jay Turner 69), Joel Watts (Jordan Stanton 82)
Booking: Yusuff 83
Goals: Deeks 42; C Ingram 90+1

Thetford: Kingsley Barnes, Sam Bond (c), Alex Mcintosh, Ross Bailey, Ryan Sanders, Matthew Morton, Bradley Sandell (Ben Mannion 83), Max Melanson (Robbie Priddle 48), Alex Stillinger, Danny White(Tanner Call 59), Johnny Conroy
Booking: Melanson 30
Goal: Stillinger 54
Ref: Ryan Head
Attendance: 129

Stat Attack
GorlestonThetford Town
2Goals1
5Other efforts on target2
4Other efforts off target2
2Other efforts against woodwork1
2Shots blocked2
5Corners for3
1Caught offside2
8Free kicks for11
1Yellow cards1
0Red cards0

Connor Deeks

Player of the Match

Connor Deeks

Key moments

42:00
Goal Connor Deeks scores for Gorleston
54:00
Goal Alex Stillinger scores for Thetford Town
90:00 +1:00
Goal Connor Ingram scores for Gorleston

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Thetford Town 01/08/2017
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Thetford Town 01/08/2017

Highlights

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90:00 +5:01 Player of the Match
Connor Deeks is awarded player of the match for Gorleston
90:00 +2:00 Sub On
Daniel Pinheiro is substituted on for Gorleston
90:00 +2:00 Sub Off
Ismael Fatadjo is substituted off for Gorleston
90:00 +1:00 Goal 2 - 1
Connor Ingram scores for Gorleston
83:00 Yellow Card
George Yusuff is yellow carded for Gorleston
82:00 Sub Off
Joel Watts is substituted off for Gorleston
82:00 Sub On
Jordan Stanton is substituted on for Gorleston
69:00 Sub Off
Mitch McKay is substituted off for Gorleston
69:00 Sub On
Jay Turner is substituted on for Gorleston
54:00 Goal 1 - 1
Alex Stillinger scores for Thetford Town
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 1 - 0
Connor Deeks scores for Gorleston
30:00 Yellow Card
Max Melanson is yellow carded for Thetford Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gorleston
  • Thetford Town
  • 0
  • Max Melanson Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Connor Deeks Goal 42:00'
  • Alex Stillinger Goal 54:00'
  • Mitch McKay Sub Off 69:00'
  • Jay Turner Sub On 69:00'
  • Joel Watts Sub Off 82:00'
  • Jordan Stanton Sub On 82:00'
  • George Yusuff Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Connor Ingram Goal 90:00 +1:00'
  • Ismael Fatadjo Sub Off 90:00 +2:00'
  • Daniel Pinheiro Sub On 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Thetford Town
  • 1. Kingsley Barnes
  • 2. Sam Bond
  • 3. Alex McIntosh
  • 4. Ross Bailey
  • 5. Ryan Sanders
  • 6. Matthew Morton
  • 7. Bradley Sandell
  • 8. Max Melanson
  • 9. Alex Stillinger
  • 10. Danny White
  • 11. Johnny Conroy
  • 12. Robbie Priddle
  • 13. Tanner Call
  • 14. Ben Mannion

League round up

Other Premier Division results

2
2
FC Clacton
Coggeshall Town
5
1
Ipswich Wanderers
1
1
Walsham le Willows
Wroxham
0
0
Histon

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Coggeshall Town 46 115
2. Felixstowe & Walton United 46 109
3. Stowmarket Town 46 103
4. Godmanchester Rovers 45 95
5. Brantham Athletic 46 87
6. Histon 46 83
7. Gorleston 46 74

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