Greens Let It Slip
A game of two halves saw the Greens let a two goal half time lead slip and, with the top two dropping points, a draw suited the visitors more.
Gorleston were unchanged from the side that had beaten Hadleigh a week before. Regent made one change to their last match.
Both sides spent the opening period trying to get the upper hand but seemed to be cancelling each other out.
The biggest threat to goal came after 20 minutes when a Regent pull back from the byline was grabbed by Elliot Pride in the Gorleston goal, almost performing a backwards roll to keep hold of the ball.
Seven minutes later a Ricky Griggs drive was always rising over the bar.
Gorleston took the lead in the 38th minute.
Carl Poppy broke down the right wing and crossed to Chris Sandford who swivelled to volley in from ten yards.
Things got even better for Gorleston five minutes later.
Jack Garrod cut in from the left hand side and fed Nathan Stone who thumped a shot against the post. The ball richocheted to Poppy, who crossed to where Garrod was waiting and he headed it into the net.
The half time break came too soon for the Greens and, just two minutes into the second half, Brightlingsea got themselves back in the game.
Gorleston only half cleared the ball. Terry Amass crossed, Griggs headed it down and Phil Kelly shot over Pride and into the goal.
Garrod and Bradley Hough combined to give Garrod a shooting opportunity but the effort was straight at the keeper. This turned out to be the Greens only effort on target, other than their goals.
The half developed into a ‘backs to the wall’ job for the Greens.
An acrobatic effort from Scott Yearling effort went wide on the hour. Midway through the half Amass’s shot was deflected wide, as was Jake Turner’s a minute later as the visitors cranked up the pressure looking for the equaliser.
Gorleston’s best chance of increasing the lead seemed to be on the counter attack but they were not using the ball well enough. Sandford did beat the offside trap in the 69th minute but shot early, on the run, and the ball went over.
A minute later Brightlingsea had the ball in the net but the referee Mr Burnham spotted that Josh Gould had turned it in with his arm so the Regent player just gained a yellow card rather than an equaliser.
A series of Brightlingsea free kicks and corners were launched into the Gorleston box, with the Greens keeping it out of their net by the skin of their teeth.
Gorleston were sitting deeper and deeper and not winning anything in the midfield battle and, eventually, the equaliser came with 14 minutes remaining.
Yearling cut in from the left, his low drive was well saved by Pride but the ball fell nicely to Griggs to fire in.
Match sponsor Ray Hodgson’s man of the match was Carl Poppy.
Gorleston: Elliot Pride, Carl Poppy, Steve Taylor, David Hinton, Andy Howell (c), Josh Armes, Jack Garrod (Joe Bell 83), Chris Sandford, Nathan Stone, Christy Finch, Bradley Hough
Booking: Armes 90
Goals: Sandford 38; Garrod 43
Brightlingsea: Daniel Beeson, Terry Amass, Jake Gould, Josh Gould, Jake Holman, Warren Joseph, Ricky Griggs (Billy Wales 86), Jake Turner, Terry Rymer, James Clarke (Scott Yearling 46), Phil Kelly
Bookings: Turner 53; Gould 70
Goals: Kelly 47; Griggs 76
|1||Other efforts on target||2
|2||Other efforts off target||8
|1||Other efforts against woodwork||0
|13||Free kicks for||14