FA Vase: Gorleston’s FA Vase dream comes to an end

FA Vase action between Gorleston and Coleshill Town.
Gorleston defender Aaron Taylor heads just past

FA Vase action between Gorleston and Coleshill Town. Gorleston defender Aaron Taylor heads just past the post from a corner. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Gorleston's FA Vase journey is over after they were beaten 3-0 in the fourth round by a quality Coleshill side at Emerald Park.

Coleshill were the faster out of the blocks and could have been in front within six minute when Thomas Weale went through on goal but somehow lifted his effort over the crossbar.

Luke Goreham then had to clear off his line to prevent Jordan Nadat from opening the scoring before Gorleston created a couple of decent goalscoring opportunities of their own.

Just after the half hour mark Kyle Baker was inches away from getting on the end of Mitch McKay's cross before Connor Ingram came close to meeting Jack Garrod's cross at the back post.

But that was about as good as it got for the Greens as the visitors took the lead shortly after when Dean Rathbone drilled home from 20 yards.

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Coleshill increased their lead just after the hour mark when Leek outpaced the Gorleston backline before crossing for Nadat, who had the simple task of tapping the ball home to make it 2-0.

Gorleston started throwing men forward in the hope of rescuing the tie but deep into injury time goalkeeper Taurean Molloy went up for a corner and when it was cleared Nadat ran clear before firing home into an empty net.

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Meanwhile, in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division leaders Mildenhall took advantage of Gorleston's cup exertions by extending their lead over the third-placed Greens to 20 points after a 5-0 win over Swaffham Town.

Leighton Crux hit a hat-trick in Great Yarmouth Town's 4-0 win at home against Hadleigh. Jamie George got the other goal for the Bloaters, who sit seventh in the Premier Division table.

Just above them sit Kirkley & Pakefield, who enjoyed a creditable 3-0 win at Wivenhoe.

Thetford cruised to a 3-0 win at Haverhill Rovers thanks to a Cameron King double and a Ryan Fuller effort whilst Fakenham fought out a 1-1 draw at home to Ipswich Wanderers – Shane Akers got the goal for the Ghosts, whose goalkeeper, Tommy Rix saved a penalty late on to preserve a point.

In the First Division Diss Town maintained their promotion hopes with a 3-2 win at Woodbridge thanks to goals from Joe Manning, Callum Webb and Luke Appleton.

Wisbech St Mary enjoyed a 2-1 at King's Lynn Town Reserves and March held AFC Sudbury Reserves to a 1-1 draw.

Patrick Yates was on target for Downham but it couldn't stop his side slipping to a 2-1 defeat at home to leaders Coggeshall.

Wisbech Town's unbeaten run continued with a 1-1 home draw against Wellingborough Town but they were left to rue missed chances.

Michael Frew beat the offside trap after just three minutes, but his first touch was poor and his shot went well wide.

Late in the half Frew then found himself with the goal at his mercy but lost control of the ball on the bobbly pitch and his shot went high and wide.

The second half began with further Wisbech dominance but without testing the visitors' keeper. Just before the hour mark Scott Johnson came on for his first appearance since the middle of October but he lasted just three minutes as his knee injury reoccurred during a Wellingborough attack which ended with Deven Ellwood scoring from Vince's initial save.

Adam Millson got the Fenmen's equaliser in the 76th minute after good work by Harry Limb. Wisbech skipper Jon Fairweather was sent off late on when he collided with Wellingborough sub Daniel Uche but the resulting free-kick was off target.

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