By George, Greens Leave it Late
An equaliser deep into injury time gave the Greens the point they deserved in their final home game of the season.
Stewart Larter made four changes from the midweek win at Haverhill Borough.
Jackson Ramm and Peter Lambert were out, with Sean Perfect and Ismael Fatadjo dropping to the bench. In came George Yusuff, Mitch McKay, Jack Garrod and Joel Watts.
Histon began the better although it was Gorleston who got the first shot away but Ross Gilfedder's 6th minute strike was always rising.
The visitors took the lead in the 14th minute and I felt the Greens were a little unfortunate in its concession.
Kyle Ingram appeared to get a nudge in the back which saw the ball bounce off him out of play. The ref just gave the throw which was taken quickly, about ten yards further forward from where it had gone out.
The throw found Ed Rolph totally unmarked in the middle of the Greens box and, although Gorleston defenders managed to get back, the ball ricocheted between them and Rolph and was bundled into the net.
The Greens responded. Midway through the half Garrod picked out Watts. He pulled the ball back to Keegan Middleton twenty yards out but his low effort was saved. The rebound found Kyle Ingram but his shot from range was over.
Gorleston were playing good football but it was the visitors who came closest to scoring again in the 40th minute when a twenty five yard free kick from Lee Smith bounced away off the top of the bar. The referee gave a corner so it was either a fine, fingertip save by Sam Freestone or clipped the wall on the way through.
As the half ended Pat Bexfield lunged in on Joel Watts with studs showing and was lucky Mr Byrne was in lenient mood with only the yellow card being produced.
A Middleton through ball sent Garrod away eight minutes into the second half. He found Gilfedder but the striker's shot was straight at the goalkeeper.
Smith hit an effort which was always going over as the half began to drift and became a typical end of season affair.
But a couple of substitutions saw Gorleston regain purpose and start gain the ascendancy with Histon's main threat coming from long Max York throw ins.
Middleton's first time ball sent Watts into the box but he screwed the shot wide. Fatadjo then replaced Middleton and a foray from him into the box brought out a low save from Sam Roach in the Histon goal.
Gorleston continued to press forward and, as the game entered the final minute, Gorleston pressure in the visitors penalty area saw York on the ground and the ball appear to strike his arm but the ref wasn't interested.
The Greens didn't give up though and, in the third minute of injury time, got their just reward.
A Kyle Ingram free kick into the box was cleared and found its way back to Ingram. He hit a deeper cross and George Yusuff rose highest at the far post to loop a header over the keeper into the net.
All Gorleston's efforts could have been in vain though.
A minute later a Histon free kick on the right was launched into the box. James Chilvers powered a header goalwards which looked destined to find the net until Freestone threw himself to his left to turn the ball around the post and ensure his team ended the game with a point.
Match sponsors were Roger, Peter and Alasdair and they awarded the Batemans man of the match to Aarron Taylor.
Gorleston: Sam Freestone, Isaac Burrage, Kyle Ingram, Luke Goreham, George Yusuff, Aarron Taylor (c), Jack Garrod, Mitch McKay (Nathan Russell 65), Ross Gilfedder, Keegan Middleton (Ismael Fatadjo 75), Joel Watts (Sean Perfect 78)
Booking: Ingram 90
Goal: Yusuff 90+3
Histon: Sam Roach, Pat Bexfield (Tommy Wright 59), Rob Ruddy (Toby Andrews 68), Lee Smith (Joe Sutton 59), Max York (c), James Chilvers, Daniel Gould, Evan Key, Ed Rolph, Charlie Brown, Sheldon Weinmann
Bookings: Bexfield 45; York 90+2
Goal: Rolph 14
Ref: George Byrne
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