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Thurlow Nunn League: Watts brace helps Gorleston bounce back

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:00 23 January 2017

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Gorleston bounced back from last week's drubbing by beating Ipswich Wanderers 2-1 - but were made to work hard for their three points.

It took the home side a little while to settle after last weekend’s 8-2 hammering at Newmarket but they sprung to life in the 14th minute when Mitch McKay hit the post with a header. Gorleston did get the breakthrough in the 33rd minute when Callum Deacon’s cross wasn’t dealt with by the Ipswich goalkeeper and Joel Watts was on hand to fire home the rebound.

A minute later the keeper made amends, saving from Jack Garrod after he had weaved his way through.

It was almost two, six minutes before the break, when Watts lobbed the ball high over the onrushing keeper from just outside the box but the ball bounced a foot wide.

Good link-up play between Watts and Kyle Ingram on the left saw a defender get his heel in the way before the visitors equalised with 17 minutes remaining.

A nice move down their left put Jack Severy through and he made no mistake to convert past Molloy.

With the game looking to be heading for a draw, Connor Ingram worked hard on the right to win the ball back from an Ipswich throw in.

He then burst down the right wing before pulling the ball back to the edge of the box where Watts was waiting to drill the ball into the net.

Great Yarmouth Town were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by struggling FC Clacton. The Essex side have shown signs of improvement in the last couple of months although the Bloaters will be disappointed not to have taken the win, particularly after Leighton Crux opened the scoring. However, Clacton equalised before half-time through Sam Cripps.

Josh Youngs was the hero for Fakenham after the forward headed home a 77th minute winner at home to Ely whilst Kirkley & Pakefield lost 1-0 to Long Melford.

Thetford Town’s match at home to Saffron Walden was abandoned in the 77th minute after the visitors’ Charlie Portway broke his shoulder blade. The Brecklanders were leading 3-1 at the time.

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