Finch and Garrod Double Up
Gorleston came into this game hoping for a win, and other results to go their way, and for the most part received their wish.
Stewart Larter made two changes to the starting line up with Steve Taylor replacing the injured Carl Poppy, and Jack Garrod replacing Keegan Middleton who dropped to the bench.
Gorleston got into their stride from the kick off with Nathan Stone denied by keeper Liam Daniels inside three minutes.
Five minutes later Chris Sandford saw his early effort deflected over but the Greens soon took the lead in the 11th minute.
A driving run by Stone on the right saw him burst into the box and square the ball across goal to give his strike partner Christy Finch a simple tap in.
Having got the lead the Greens seemed to take their foot off the gas and Woodbridge came into the game, playing some nice passing football, and had their first effort at goal midway through the half when a poor Gorleston clearance fell to Jack Meap but he shot wide.
Middleton came on for the injured Bradley Hough after half an hour and immediately got involved, finding Stone on the left. Stone crossed but Finch could only head over.
Soon after another Stone cut back was volleyed wide by Finch.
Woodbridge had Peter Crouch lookalike James Hubbard up front who was dominating in the air. Two minutes before the break he headed over from a corner, then headed another chance straight to Elliot Pride, in what looked to be Woodbridge’s best hope of a breakthrough.
Gorleston killed the game off with three goals inside the first ten minutes of the second half.
Within 20 seconds of the restart it was 2-0.
Finch broke on the right, his cross was met by Middleton and a defender. The keeper flapped the ball away but only to Jack Garrod who sidefooted home.
Two minutes later it could have been three when Stone pulled the ball across goal from the byline to Garrod but this time the effort was off the shinpad and went away.
However, Garrod made amends three minutes after when he met a deep Middleton free kick at the back post to turn the ball in.
It was 4-0 four minutes later from a Woodbridge corner.
The ball was cleared towards halfway where Middleton held it up well before setting Garrod away down the right wing. The ball found its way to Finch who buried it into the net from a narrow angle on the right of the box.
Finch has returned 37 goals so far this season, from 41 appearances, the highest in one season by a Gorleston player since the 2002/03 season when Gary Ingram hit 51.
This signalled a triple Woodbridge change, which included replacing their goalkeeper, and Gorleston relaxed with the game won.
The Greens put themselves in trouble in the 73rd minute, losing the ball in midfield, with their defence wide open, but Ben Lewis got back to cover and protect Pride’s clean sheet.
Garrod was denied his hat trick twice by defensive blocks before he was replaced by youngster Lee Roots who himself was denied with a minute to go by another block following Finch’s cross and then Finch was denied by a good save from the young keeper.
Jack Garrod was presented with match sponsor Gardwell Coatings man of the match champagne in what was Stewart Larter's 50th win as Gorleston manager.
Gorleston: Elliot Pride, Steve Taylor, Joe Bell, David Hinton, Andy Howell (c), Ben Lewis, Jack Garrod (Lee Roots 83), Chris Sandford (Josh Armes 76), Nathan Stone, Christy Finch, Bradley Hough (Keegan Middleton 30)
Goals: Finch 11, 55; Garrod 46, 51
Woodbridge: Liam Daniels (Jack Spurling 56), Jez Slinn, Jack Meap, Jake Green, Joe Langfield, Tom Trevivian (c), Baden Holmes, Sam Cole (Haz Ekercle 56), James Hubbard, Harry Cole, Jonathan Fryatt (Lee Pleasance 56)
|4||Other efforts on target||2
|5||Other efforts off target||6
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