Firing Blanks in League Finale
It was typical end of season fayre served up in Brantham, with neither team having anything to play for.
Gorleston made just one change from the side that had lost at Stanway.
With Chris Sandford suffering from shin splints, Josh Armes pushed into central midfield and Ben Lewis came in at centre back.
The Greens had the better of the early possession but it was Brantham who had the best chances.
A combination of Lewis and Steve Taylor kept the ball out of the net after just 8 minutes, clearing off the line following a Brantham free kick.
Ten minutes later Lee Grimwood broke clear but his shot was pushed away by a diving Elliot Pride and another effort fizzed narrowly wide of Pride’s goal.
Gorleston’s only real efforts were a couple of long range shots from Christy Finch which were easy for the keeper.
A twisting run from Taylor in injury time also produced a save from keeper Ryan Bedingfield.
Two minutes into the second half an Andy Howell shot from 25 yards struck the raised arm of a defender a yard inside the box, under the nose of the referee, but he waved away penalty appeals.
Joe Bell sent Finch through but the ball wouldn’t sit down quick enough and Finch could only shoot into the sidenetting.
On the hour mark Jack Garrod was sent tumbling inside the home side’s penalty area but again the referee wasn’t interested.
Grimwood forced another save from Pride then, a minute later, a trademark Finch free kick curled straight to the keeper.
Lewis strode forward in injury time and hit an excellent cross on the run which was cleared to Garrod but he blazed over. Garrod then turned provider with a cross which Finch floated over.
Gorleston: Elliot Pride, Steve Taylor, Joe Bell, David Hinton, Andy Howell, Ben Lewis, Jack Garrod, Josh Armes, Nathan Stone, Christy Finch, Keegan Middleton (Lee Roots 85)
Bookings: Howell 63; Pride 77
Brantham: Ryan Bedingfield, Nico Farthing, Matt Ryland (c)(Jack Smith 86), James Turner, Matt Travis, Jack Sibbons (Ray Turner 71), Dan Pryke (Kieran Lawler 90), Shaun Webb, Lee Grimwood, Jamie Cole, Ed Nobbs
Bookings: Sibbons 66
|4||Other efforts on target||4
|7||Other efforts off target||1
|0||Other efforts against woodwork||0
|11||Free kicks for||8