Sat 28
First Team
Woodbridge Town
C Ingram (84')
J Rudge (29'), (43'), G Bowman (33'), L Mallett (38'), M Ray (47'), K Trotter (51'), N Read (81')
Things Can Only Get Better

Things Can Only Get Better

By David Hardy
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Gorleston were taught a lesson by their high-flying opponents as the Greens struggles continued.

This time round saw six changes from the midweek League Cup defeat and four differences to the last league game.

Eyebrows were raised at seeing Joel Watts and Connor Ingram dropped to the bench with Daniel Pinheiro whilst Ryan Hemmings, Jacob Short and Richard Gillings were all out.

In came Connor Milligan, Luke Goreham, Keith Vincent, Jordan Cantwell, Keegan Middleton and Alex Kounnas.

Against the side which finished runners up last season and came into the game third, Gorleston's tactics were obvious from the first minute, content to sit back and give Woodbridge the ball, with Lambert ploughing a lonely furrow up front.

The Greens had Kyle Ingram's head to thank for keeping out a ninth minute Kelsey Trotter effort after he had worked an opening coming in from the right.

Gorleston should have been given the chance to take the lead midway through the half but, not for the first time this season, decisions didn't go their way.

Middleton's free kick from the right wing was whipped in to the near post and people closer than me said it was quite clearly pushed behind at the front post by the arm of Carlos Edwards. The officials said it came off his thigh and just gave the corner.

Two goals in four minutes effectively killed the Greens hopes around the half hour mark.

A wriggling run by Luke Mallett into the right of the Gorleston box saw him cross low along the six yard box to where Jake Rudge was waiting for a simple sidefoot into the goal.

Four minutes later a mistake in the Gorleston midfield was pounced on by George Bowman who drove forward and drilled the ball into the goal.

Five minutes later it was game over. Gorleston didn't clear the ball very far. It came back to Mark Ray whose effort was deflected into the path of Mallett for a tap in.

Gorleston came close to getting one back five minutes before the break when Lambert found space in the box but his effort bounced back off the underside of the bar. Kounnas following up saw his effort well saved.

Three minutes later Woodbridge worked their way through the heart of the Greens far too easily and unchallenged. Rudge was played into the box and a clever dink over Milligan made it four.

As the half entered injury time Milligan reacted to keep out a deflected long range effort. He was up quickly to keep out the follow up effort with help from Vincent and then managed to block the second follow up effort to keep the score at four.

Any hopes of an unlikely comeback were over two minutes into the second half. Ray saw a shot cleared off the line by Vincent. Woodbridge kept pressing and retrieved the loose ball, crossing it back in to Ray who climbed higher than his marker to head it back across goal into the bottom corner.

Four minutes later, it was six when the excellent Kelsey Trotter was played through the middle with an excellent little flick and finished past Milligan.

Vincent then saw a clearance come back off his own post before the Greens made some changes with the introduction of Watts and Connor Ingram and for the remainder of the game Gorleston at least put some pressure on their opponents, managing to avoid conceding another goal for half an hour.

Two more great saves from Milligan denied Ray before Watts and Ingram wove their way through the visitors defence but Watts shot was saved.

The seventh goal came after 81 minutes with a lovely finish from the edge of the box by Nathan Read, off the outside of his foot.

Gorleston gained a consolation six minutes from time when Connor Ingram robbed Jake Green and finished into the bottom corner. This was Connor's 50th league goal for the Greens.

Match sponsor David Hudson had the task of picking the Batemans man of the match and he chose Connor Milligan who had kept the score in single figures.

Gorleston: Connor Milligan, Luke Goreham, Nick Bailey, Jordan Cantwell, Keith Vincent, Dale Cockrill (Daniel Pinheiro 60), Kyle Ingram (c), Mitch McKay, Peter Lambert (Connor Ingram 56), Keegan Middleton (Joel Watts 60), Alex Kounnas
Goal: C Ingram 84
Woodbridge Town: Aaron Churchyard, Sean Rea (c), Dave Hammond, George Bowman, Taylor Southgate, Jake Green (Jamie Scales 86), Luke Mallett, Carlos Edwards (Ryan Keeble 59), Mark Ray, Kelsey Trotter, Jake Rudge (Nathan Read 68)
Booked: Rea 58
Goals: Rudge 29, 43; Bowman 33; Mallett 38; Ray 47; Trotter 51; Read 81
Ref: Matthew Morrison
Attendance: 132

Stat Attack
GorlestonWoodbridge Town
3Other efforts on target7
1Other efforts off target6
1Other efforts against woodwork1
0Shots blocked1
2Corners for5
5Caught offside3
10Free kicks for10
0Sin Bin0
0Yellow cards1
0Red cards0

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Match details

Match date

Sat 28, Sep 2019






Premier Division

League position

Woodbridge Town
Connor Milligan

Player of the match

Connor Milligan