FA Vase: Keegan Middleton the hero for Gorleston

Gorleston (green) v Northampton Sileby Rangers football action. Gorleston celebrate their first goal

Gorleston (green) v Northampton Sileby Rangers football action. Gorleston celebrate their first goal.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Keegan Middleton was the hero as Gorleston Town secured their place in the FA Vase third round thanks to a 2-1 win over Northampton Sileby Rangers.

Middleton's 25-yard free-kick in the 87th minute secured the Greens a place in the last 64 of the competition and earn Ricci Butler's side £750 in the process.

Northampton settled the quicker of the two sides in difficult conditions and deservedly took the lead in the 25th minute thanks to Michael Byrne's close-range finish.

Gorleston soon warmed to their task and were level before half-time through Alex Kounnas's cross-cum-shot.

The game looked to be heading for extra time until Middleton's superb free-kick settled the contest.


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