The coastal defences at Gorleston-on-Sea may have saved the town from flooding on Friday night but Gorleston FC’s defences were simply overwhelmed by a rampant Newmarket Town on Saturday afternoon. The Greens arrived at the Ridgeons Stadium with the only unbeaten record in the League and they started the game at a furious pace. They launched wave after wave of attacks in the first fifteen minutes of the game but the Newmarket defence, lead by the superb central pairing of Charlie Bowen and James Chivers, held rock solid. It was Bowen however who was almost the first to score at the other end of the pitch. A teasing corner from Luke Seaber-Shinn ended up with Bowen putting in a powerful header which was only just saved by the visiting keeper Taureen Molloy.
The whole game then turned on an absolutely brilliant individual goal from Austen Diaper. He received the ball on the touchline 35 yards out and he instinctively hit a powerful right foot shot which curled into the far top corner of the net to the absolute delight of the home supporters. On the half hour the unsung hero in midfield for the Jockeys, Scott Paterson, bravely back headed a ball to Jamie Thurlbourne who in typical fashion rounded two defenders and fired home Newmarket’s second goal. Paul Betson and Charlie Bowen were then both denied good goal scoring chances before Jamie Thurlbourne got his second of the game. This time Paul Betson headed him the ball and yet again he expertly rounded two defenders to score. Deep into added time Austen Diaper also got his second goal of the game – shooting between the keeper’s legs to give the jockeys a 4-0 half time lead.
Ten minutes into the second half Newmarket’s leading goalscorer, Lewis Whitehead, added to his impressive personal tally when he was fed a delightful ball by Ben Nower and he coolly shot past the despairing keeper. Gorleston then made a spirited, but sadly doomed, effort to claw their way back into the game with two goals from their exciting young player Connor Ingram. This simply spurred on the Jockeys to respond in style and two minutes later lively substitute Jordan Foster latched onto a loose ball in the box to slot home. In the last minute of normal time Austen Diaper completed his hat trick by heading home at the back post from a Jamie Thurlbourne cross. In the third minute of added time Jordan Foster completed the rout with another well taken goal. Final Score: Newmarket Town 8 Gorleston 2
This was without a shadow of doubt the Jockeys best performance in many years and it was all the more pleasing because it came against top quality opposition. The win moves Newmarket up to second place in the Premier Division of the Thurlow Nunn League and sets up another mouthwatering game at the Ridgeons Stadium on Tuesday evening. The visitors on Tuesday evening will be Felixstowe & Walton who are currently in third place in the league.
Report by Graham Edwards