Thurlow Nunn League: Gorleston will learn from brutal FA Cup ‘lesson’
PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 August 2016
Gorleston boss Ricci Butler refused to rip into his players after their FA Cup mauling.
The Greens crashed out of this season’s competition at the first hurdle when they were hammered 8-0 at Peterborough Sports on Saturday. Butler admitted it was like ‘men against boys’ as he watched his young side get roasted but he was quick to turn the heat down on his troops.
“Their players were so experienced. Some have dropped two or three levels to play for them,” said Butler, whose side won their Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division opener 1-0 at Kirkley & Pakefield.
“It’s why there were two or three levels above us. We’ve got a young side and they got bullied a bit in truth. They absolutely tore us apart.
“I won’t defend the boys too much as there’s lots we could have done better but they’re just a much, much better side than us.
“I’m obviously disappointed we went out of the FA Cup and we didn’t add a little bit of money to the club’s coffers.
“But as long as we learn from it and work on how to stop this sort of thing from happening again in training then it might prove to have been a really positive learning curve.”
Butler expects Gorleston to bounce back positively from the harsh lesson – despite having 19 absentees across the club thanks, in large, to a player’s wedding – when they host Haverhill Rovers this afternoon.
East coast neighbours Great Yarmouth Town will be looking to build on a triumphant return to the top flight when they visit Mildenhall Town. The Bloaters won 2-1 at Fakenham Town on Wednesday having been promoted in the summer.
Elsewhere, the side Yarmouth beat in midweek will be looking for a positive response when they travel to Felixstowe & Walton United. Kirkley travel to Hadleigh United.
In the United Counties League Premier Division, Wisbech Town make the relatively short trip to Leicester Nirvana.
Dick Creasey’s travelling Fenmen go into the fixture having won their first match of the campaign, in the FA Cup, but lost their maiden UCL game 3-0 at home to Peterborough Sports.
Thurlow Nunn League, Premier Division: Felixstowe & Walton Utd v Fakenham Tn, Godmanchester Rvrs v Brantham Ath, Gorleston v Haverhill Rvrs, Hadleigh Utd v Kirkley & Pakefield, Ipswich Wdrs v Ely City, Mildenhall Town v Gt Yarmouth Tn, Newmarket Tn v FC Clacton, Stanway Rvrs v Walsham le Willows.
First Division: Braintree Tn Res v Team Bury, Coggeshall Tn v Downham Tn, Cornard Utd v Diss Tn, Debenham LC v Haverhill Borough, Dereham Tn Res v Stowmarket Tn, Holland FC v Leiston Res, King’s Lynn Tn Res v Needham Market, March Tn Utd v Halstead Tn, Whitton Utd v AFC Sudbury Res, Woodbridge Tn v Wisbech St Mary.