Gorleston seek a double to cap a memorable season

Should Gorleston win their next three league games, the Ridgeons Division One title will have their name engraved on it.

This would be the icing on the cake for the Greens - who sealed promotion last weekend with a 1-0 victory over fellow promotion candidates Cambridge University Press - a week after clinching the Divison One League Cup.

Victory over CUP ended a six year exile from the Ridgeons League, Premier Division for Richard Daniels' 'Green Army'.

If Gorleston do manage to hold off the threat of nearest challengers Whitton United to seal the title, it will complete a stunning double for the team from the eastern coast.

The first half of the double was sealed after a thrilling 3-1 victory over Thetford Town in the Ridgeons League Knock-out Cup final.

Many people believe the pivotal point in the Greens' remarkable season came in January when Gorleston boss Richard Daniels managed to pull off a major coup in the shape of Lowestoft midfielder Richard Woodrow, albeit only a loan deal till the end of the season.

Daniels said at the time of Woodrow's arrival: 'The player we're bringing in shouldn't be playing Ridgeons football at all if I'm honest. He's good enough to play at a higher level, but we are lucky he can't get into their first team. We have struck a deal that should see him sign and he will of course strengthen us up.'

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Since the former Norwich and King's Lynn midfielder arrived at Emerald Park, Gorleston have only failed to pick up maximum points on three occasions, losing to Cambridge University Press and Whitton, as well as drawing with lowly Fakenham Town.

Ever since Woodrow helped Lowestoft Town out of the Ridgeons Premier Division and into the Ryman set-up, his first team appearances have been limited due to the influx of fresh talent at Crown Meadow.

So, Woodrow dropped down the divisions to play regular football with Gorleston, and what a signing it turned out to be for Daniels and his men. Woodrow's two goals and three assists in 14 games have certainly helped Gorleston to their most successful season since their relegation from the top-flight six years ago.