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Gorleston
Hadleigh United
Full time
M McKenzie (83')
Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League - Premier Division

Late Goal Sinks Greens

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A late Hadleigh goal condemned Gorleston to their fifth defeat in a row.

After a superb start to the month, with victory at Wroxham, March has turned into something of a disappointment.

Stewart Larter made two changes from the defeat by Histon. Impressive youngsters Cameron Barnes and Logan Lonergan dropped to the bench. Joel Watts and Peter Lambert started.

Hadleigh came into the game looking over their shoulders at the relegation places, just four points ahead of second-bottom Long Melford, but it was the visitors who made the better start with Gorleston spending most of the opening fifteen minutes camped in their own half and sloppy in possession.

Hadleigh 30/03/2019
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The Greens then came into the game and began to look the most likely to break the deadlock.

Lambert was inches away from getting on the end of a Mitch McKay free kick then Watts turned nicely but shot wide across the goal.

Dan Pinheiro saw a shot blocked before Lambert blazed over.

Connor Ingram had the best chance of the half, getting in behind with just the keeper to beat, but the goalie got a touch to turn the ball over.

Hadleigh didn't manage a shot until the final minute of the half when Romario Dunne's effort was high over the bar.

Hadleigh started the second half strongly but again Ingram had the best chance early on when he was through again but the keeper came out to save bravely at his feet.

As the game approached the hour mark, McKay delivered another free kick which Lambert glanced goalwards but visiting keeper Nick Punter got down quickly to tip the ball around the post.

A minute later Hadleigh gained their first corner of the game which lead to Gorleston keeper Connor Milligan's turn to keep the scores level when he flung himself to his left to fingertip a Dunne drive, which had come through a crowd of players, around the post.

Milligan denied Dunne again seven minutes later before McKay saw a shot blocked at the other end.

Two more Dunne efforts were easy for Milligan then Ingram cut in from the left onto his right foot but his shot was a foot over the top corner.

The Greens were being pressed back and struggling to clear or keep possession and, with seven minutes left, Hadleigh took the lead.

A ball spun loose into the path of Mekhi McKenzie who wasn't closed down and he hit a shot which, despite Milligan getting a hand to it, found the net.

Gorleston had a great chance to equalise in stoppage time. McKay drilled a crossfield pass between defenders which found Brady Philpott at the back post but he sidefooted his effort wide.

Hadleigh's celebrations showed how important the win was to them. Gorleston fans, meanwhile, were left anxiously checking the league table.

Although ten points ahead of the bottom three, the Greens have three tough away matches next, followed by the derby, and still need five points to mathematically ensure safety.

Match sponsors Barnes Print awarded the Bateman's man of the match to Connor Milligan.

Gorleston: Connor Milligan, Daniel Pinheiro (Jordan Cantwell 85), Brady Philpott, Isaac Burrage, David Shade (Cameron Barnes (65) Aarron Taylor (c), Luke Goreham (Logan Lonergan 70), Peter Lambert, Connor Ingram, Joel Watts, Mitch McKay
Bookings: Burrage 41; McKay 61

Hadleigh Utd: Nick Punter, Kyle Ferguson, James Ross (Tom Driscoll 70), Michael Barwick, Ben Elliott, Kris Rose (c), Brett Crisp, Kieran Turner, Mekhi McKenzie, Daniel Smy (Kyron Andrews 76), Romario Dunne
Bookings: McKenzie 87
Goal: McKenzie 83

Ref: George Byrne

Attendance: 117

Stat Attack
GorlestonHadleigh
0Goals1
2Other efforts on target5
5Other efforts off target6
0Other efforts against woodwork0
5Shots blocked0
3Corners for5
2Caught offside4
11Free kicks for10
2Yellow cards1
0Red cards0

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Key moments

83:00
Goal Mekhi McKenzie scores for Hadleigh United

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Hadleigh 30/03/2019
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Hadleigh 30/03/2019

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Connor Milligan is awarded player of the match for Gorleston
87:00 Yellow Card
Mekhi McKenzie is yellow carded for Hadleigh United
85:00 Sub On
Jordan Cantwell is substituted on for Gorleston
85:00 Sub Off
Dan Pinheiro is substituted off for Gorleston
83:00 Goal 0 - 1
Mekhi McKenzie scores for Hadleigh United
70:00 Sub Off
Luke Goreham is substituted off for Gorleston
70:00 Sub Off
Logan Lonergan is substituted off for Gorleston
65:00 Sub Off
David Shade is substituted off for Gorleston
65:00 Sub On
Cameron Barnes is substituted on for Gorleston
61:00 Yellow Card
Mitch McKay is yellow carded for Gorleston
45:00 Kickoff
Hadleigh United kick off
End of period 1
41:00 Yellow Card
Isaac Burrage is yellow carded for Gorleston
0:00 Kickoff
Gorleston kick off
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gorleston
  • Hadleigh United
  • 0
  • Isaac Burrage Yellow Card 41:00'
  • Mitch McKay Yellow Card 61:00'
  • David Shade Sub Off 65:00'
  • Cameron Barnes Sub On 65:00'
  • Luke Goreham Sub Off 70:00'
  • Logan Lonergan Sub Off 70:00'
  • Mekhi McKenzie Goal 83:00'
  • Dan Pinheiro Sub Off 85:00'
  • Jordan Cantwell Sub On 85:00'
  • Mekhi McKenzie Yellow Card 87:00'

Team selection

Hadleigh United
  • 1. Nick Punter
  • 2. Kyle Ferguson
  • 3. James Ross
  • 4. Michael Barwick
  • 5. Ben Elliott
  • 6. Kris Rose
  • 7. Brett Crisp
  • 8. Kieran Turner
  • 9. Mekhi McKenzie
  • 10. Daniel Smy
  • 11. Romario Dunne
  • 12. Tom Driscoll
  • 13. Kyron Andrews
  • 14. Shane Murphy
  • 15. Scott Lawrence

League round up

Other Premier Division results

FC Clacton
1
4
Long Melford
3
3
Godmanchester Rovers
1
4
Woodbridge Town
Newmarket Town
1
3
2
0
Stowmarket Town
0
2
Brantham Athletic
Walsham le Willows
0
1

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# Team Pl Pts
13. Whitton United 38 44
14. Thetford Town 38 43
15. Gorleston 38 41
16. Hadleigh United 38 40
17. Long Melford 38 39
18. Ely City 37 38
19. Great Yarmouth Town 38 34

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