Another Winless Awayday
Gorleston conceded three goals in a poor first half performance which left them a mountain to climb as they made it five away games without a win.
There were two changes from the midweek win over Wivenhoe with Scott Foreman unavailable and Elliott Hannant dropping to the bench. In came Sam Freestone, for only his second game in goal, and Kyle Ingram.
Gorleston began well. In only the second minute of the game a Ross Gilfedder free kick from thirty yards struck the base of the Brantham post. Two minutes later Ingram drove in from the left and fired a shot which forced the keeper to save.
However, Gorleston couldn't build on the start. Jack Smith tried his luck from range but the shot was always rising over Freestone's goal before the hosts took the lead in the 14th minute.
A cross from the right found Sam Newson unmarked in the middle of the Gorleston box and he powered a header past Freestone.
Brantham doubled their lead in the 28th minute. A long throw into the Gorleston penalty area wasn't cleared. The ball found its way back to Jack Smith in the six yard box and he had a simple tap in.
Four minutes later it was three. A poor pass out of defence was intercepted by Smith who thundered a shot from eighteen yards that Freestone couldn't hold and the ball slipped out of his grasp into the net.
As many Gorleston fans have said this season, the Greens are a second half team and they did play more as a team in the second period.
After a scrappy start, the game opened up. Michael Brothers had a shot saved by Freestone before Joel Watts effort at the other end went straight to the Brantham keeper.
Gorleston were handed a chance to get back into the game in the 69th minute. Craig Hughes was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area and the referee pointed to the spot. Watts stepped up to take it but his spot kick wasn't the best and was saved by Callum Robinson low to his left.
The miss signalled a triple Gorleston substitution and the Greens continued to push forward.
Ingram's 71st minute corner was flicked on by Nathan Russell but cleared off the line at the backpost.
There was another big shout for a Gorleston penalty in the 86th minute, which looked more of a handball than the one that was given, but this time the referee waved away appeals.
Two minutes later a Gorleston corner was pulled back to the edge of the box where Jackson Ramm hit in a shot which was deflected wide.
Gorleston gained a consolation goal in the third minute of stoppage time. A nice quick interchange of passes on the edge of the area sent Keegan Middleton through the middle and he finished well into the top corner past the advancing keeper for his first goal since his return to Emerald Park.
Gorleston: Sam Freestone, Jackson Ramm, Kyle Ingram, Luke Goreham, Isaac Burrage, Aarron Taylor (c), Sean Perfect (Jack Garrod 72), Mitch McKay, Ross Gilfedder, Ismael Fatadjo (Keegan Middleton 72), Joel Watts (Nathan Russell 72)
Goals: Middleton 90+3
Brantham Athletic: Callum Robertson, Darcy D'eath (Alfred Smith 65), Jake Kioussis, Craig Hughes, Jack Sibbons, Michael Murray (Sam Cole 46), Sean Bartlett (Ethan Abrahams 72), Jack Smith, Sam Newson, Michael Brothers, Elliott Johnson
Bookings: D'eath 52
Goals: Newson14; Smith 28, 32
Ref: Aaron Farmer
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