Daniels shows magic touch with double substitutions
Division One champions Gorleston made a perfect start to life in the top division of the Ridgeons League with a 2-1 win over Haverhill – thanks to some inspired substitutions from manager Richard Daniels.
And they had to come from behind to get it after Haverhill had taken a 26th-minute lead with a dipping 30-yard shot from Dan Cornwall which went in off the underside of the bar.
That's how it stayed until midway through the second half when Daniels made what proved to be a match-winning double substitution, bringing Scott Woodgate and Bradley Hough on for John Bell and Tarren Grint.
Within six minutes Gorleston had equalised. A deep William's free-kick was nodded back into the danger area by Eddie Thompson where Ali McKenna – himself on as a substitute for the injured Rees Hunn – was lurking six yards out to stab the ball home.
And another six minutes later the Greens claimed what proved to be their winner when all three substitutes combined.
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Hough showed good strength just inside the Rovers half to help the ball on to Woodgate who turned and slid a pass through for McKenna, who held off the defender and beat the outrushing keeper with his shot.
Daniels had stuck with most of the players who won promotion, with loanee Christy Finch coming in up front, Tarren Grint playing wide right and the returning John Bell patrolling central midfield.
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