Rovers Don't Stand in the Way
Gorleston’s sixth clean sheet in the last eight games laid the foundations for another three points in their quest for third.
The Greens were unchanged from their trip to Clacton and there was an early return for Zak Clarke on the bench.
Gorleston started well and within two minutes Christy Finch was racing away from the defender onto a ball into the box when he appeared to be held back by the last defender. It would have been a big call for referee Mr Block so early and he chose to give no foul.
After seven minutes Gorleston did take the lead.
Bradley Hough weaved his way past several challenges in the penalty area before he eventually was brought down by Chris Ribchester.
Gorleston haven’t been the best from the spot this season but Finch stepped up and made no mistake to give his side the lead.
Andy Howell came close to extending the lead with a header from a corner which was held low by keeper Daniel Wheeler, then the Greens skipper hit a 25 yard shot which again the keeper held.
Wheeler then pushed a 20 yard Finch free kick over the bar.
Gorleston had dominated the first half but Stanway came close to equalising eight minutes before the break.
Pride saved a 20 yard free kick, with the ball rebounding back into the middle of the box where Ribchester was following up, but Howell had retreated to head off the line.
Stanway began the second half on the front foot, pushing the Greens back and Pride was called into action again after 55 minutes, punching away a drive from Michael Fitzgibbon.
Ally McKenna then replaced Gary Williams and within two minutes, and with virtually his first touch, he doubled his sides lead.
Reece Hunn’s corner was turned onto the bar by Hough, but the ball fell nicely to McKenna to blast in from close range.
Gorleston were able to get a foot on the ball and looked more comfortable although Pride was the next keeper forced to save pushing away a low Jack Harrington effort.
A nice move orchestrated by Carl Poppy ended with Finch firing over. Then, with ten minutes to go, Gorleston secured the points.
Keegan Middleton picked the ball up on the right and cut inside before slipping a perfect slide rule pass for Hough to run onto. His shot went under the keeper into the goal.
This was Hough’s nineteenth goal of the season, keeping him level with McKenna, but both trail Finch who has hit the net 27 times.
Gorleston: Elliot Pride, Carl Poppy, Reece Hunn, Jack Marsden (Zak Clarke 83), Andy Howell, Josh Armes, Gary Williams (Ally McKenna 55), Chris Sandford (David Hinton 76), Bradley Hough, Christy Finch, Keegan Middleton
Goals: Finch (p) 7; McKenna 57; Hough 80
Stanway: Daniel Wheeler, Ellis Carter (James Gragory 90), Lewis Blanchett, Andrew Joslin, Matt Cripps, Chris Ribchester, San Nunn, Michael Fitzgibbon, Lewis Bentley (Jake Plane 46), Michael Shaikly (Billy Coe 77), Jack Harrington
Booking: Joslin 37
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