Gorleston got back to winning ways with a comfortable win at the Wellesley.

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The Greens made four changes to the side that had gone out of the FA Cup the previous week. Jack Whatmough was given a start in goal and Reece Hunn returned to left back allowing George Jermy to play in a more natural role for him in midfield, replacing Aaron Huggins-Bowers who was on the bench. Ricci Butler returned to the starting line up with Jack Garrod dropping to the bench. Bradley Hough was given a start in place of cup-tied David Hinton.

It took the Greens just 87 seconds to take the lead. A Butler through ball put Christy Finch in on goal, his shot was saved but the ball fell to Hough who tucked the rebound into the net.

Three minutes later Finch saw an effort turned onto the post by Bloaters keeper Ben Cudden then Finch created a chance for Butler, but his shot was wide.

Midway through the half Hough fed Butler in the right side of the box. He committed the keeper and chipped the ball into the middle where Finch rose to head home into the empty goal.

Six minutes later Finch closed down well on the left and crossed the ball to Hough at the far post but he chested the ball narrowly wide.

Finch again pulled the ball back from the by-line after 36 minutes towards two waiting Greens attackers, however Neil McMorran cleared the ball away from virtually under his own bar and prevented an almost certain goal.

Finch then provided a cross a minute later which Eddie Thompson headed over.

Yarmouth’s best chance came just before the break. Charlie McAra broke down the right, catching the Gorleston defence napping, and whipped the ball across to Mitch Forbes, who headed goalwards. he ball seemed destined for the net but Whatmough reacted well, diving full length to his left and palming the ball onto the inside of the post. Luck was on the keeper’s side as the ball rebounded straight back to him.

Five minutes into the second half the win was all but secured. A poor goal kick found its way to Butler who strode forward and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner to make it 3-0.

Five minutes later substitute Garrod beat his defender and tore goalwards, but his shot came bouncing back of the keeper’s chest.

The game went through a scrappy faze with Gorleston sloppy in possession but they still managed to hit the post again, this time through a Butler shot that was pushed onto the woodwork by Cudden. From the resulting corner Eddie Thompson nearly diverted the ball into the top corner at the far post but it was deflected over.

Hunn created a 74th minute opportunity for Steve Taylor but his header hit the underside of the bar, bounced down on the line and spun away.

Thompson and Garrod had chances to extend the lead but instead it was Yarmouth who reduced the deficit in the 80th minute. Fernando Vide twisted and turned on the left before hitting a low shot across Whatmough and into the bottom corner.

Six minutes later any hopes Yarmouth may have been clinging to of a surprise comeback were extinguished. Butler picked out Garrod in acres of space. He crossed the ball into the box where skipper Eddie Thompson dived full length to head the ball home for a rare goal, his 20th for the Greens in his 350 or so appearances.

Garrod had two more chances, one saved, one headed over, before the final whistle blew.

Gorleston will now face Newmarket in the next round after the Jockeys beat Mildenhall 3-2 after extra time.

• Gorleston: Jack Whatmough, Kyle Howell, Reece Hunn, John Bell (Gary Williams, 60), Andy Howell, Eddie Thompson, Ricci Butler, George Jermy, Christy Finch (Ally McKenna, 68), Steve Taylor, Bradley Hough (Jack Garrod, 50)

Goals: Hough 2; Finch 22; Butler 50; Thompson 86

• Great Yarmouth: Ben Cudden, Danny Burkle, Shaun McLeod, Callum Jones, Sam Giacomelli, Neil McMorran, Iain Mills (Danny Scriven, 12), George Barnden, Mitch Forbes, Charlie McAra (Josh Thomas, 55), Fernando Vide

Goal: Vide 80;

• Attendance 164

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