Clean Sheets at Both Ends
Gorleston’s longest trip of the season produced their third clean sheet in a row although, having scored just twice in those three games, the goals seem to have dried up at the other end as well.
There were two changes from the team that had beaten Felixstowe. Reece Hunn and Jack Garrod dropped to the bench with Carl Poppy and Gary Williams coming in.
Ally McKenna made his 100th Gorleston appearance.
Gorleston kicked off down the slope with a strong wind blowing across the pitch and very soon Williams latched onto a Chris Sandford cross but couldn’t connect cleanly.
The referee seemed content to let the players try and play, indeed it was more than half an hour before the Greens were awarded their first free kick of the game.
A Rovers free kick in the 26th minute from the left corner of the box by Paul Bass whipped narrowly wide of Elliot Pride’s post before David Hinton almost seizing on a ball from Sandford but it bounced between him and the keeper.
Christy Finch got onto another through ball but lifted the ball over before Jordan Brosckett did almost exactly the same at the other end of the pitch.
In the 39th minute a deep Hinton cross was volleyed across goal by Liam Harvey-Cooper to where Finch lunged at the ball but couldn’t direct it towards goal.
Two minutes before the break a thunderous Hinton shot from 25 yards rebounded away off the inside of the post after getting the faintist of touches from keeper Carl Mackney who admitted himself he knew nothing about it such was the pace on the ball.
It had been an even first half although the cross-wind and bobbly pitch was not helping the players. However, the wind dropped for the second half but was replaced with rain which caused some of the players to have trouble keeping their feet.
Harvey-Cooper hit an early effort at keeper Mackney then, after 56 minutes, Mackney raced from his box to clear away from the onrushing Sandford, the ball got trapped under his feet and almost broke free but Sandford couldn’t quite nick it away.
Ten minutes later Pride clawed away a Brosckett effort with Carl Poppy acrobatically clearing it away.
After 73 minutes Pride picked out Hunn on the left wing with a crossfield pass, his cross found Sandford but the ball went wide.
Five minutes later an excellent tackle by Poppy gave himself a chance to run at the Rovers defence. A one-two with Finch set him in on the goalkeeper who managed to deflect Poppy’s shot over.
The resulting corner from Hunn was played deep to Josh Armes who crossed back in to the far post where McKenna rose and nodded the ball down at the goal but in bounced away off the base of the post.
A last minute Finch shot was pushed away by the keeper and that proved the last effort of the match.
Gorleston: Elliot Pride, Carl Poppy, Jack Marsden, David Hinton, Andy Howell, Josh Armes, Liam Harvey-Cooper (Reece Hunn 65), Chris Sandford, Ally McKenna, Christy Finch, Gary Williams
Booking: Marsden 56
Godmanchester: Carl Mackney, Stephen K Hurst (Aaron Greene 65), Jonny Hall, Nicky Hurst, Charlie Bowan, Adam King, Mike Hyem, Jordan Brosckett, James Hall, Paul Bass (Stephen D Hurst 86), Joe Furness
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