Thomas sees red as Saffron Walden Town fall at Gorleston
PUBLISHED: 11:18 23 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:26 07 January 2016
James Thomas saw red for foul language as Saffron Walden Town's three-match winning streak on the road came to a end, 3-0 at Gorleston in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.
The Bloods came into the match in confident mood after a run of away league wins at Whitton United, Walsham le Willows and Newmarket Town but were never at their best on the east coast.
Joel Watts was looking dangerous on the break for Gorleston, and almost found himself one-on-one with Croll, before being tackled by Ben Lawrence.
At the other end, Craig Calver had a great chance, dribbling the ball across the box before shooting just wide.
That let-off spurred Gorleston on and on the half-hour they went ahead. The ball was whipped into the six-yard box, and was not cleared. It dropped for Ingram, who smashed it past Croll from five yards out.
The defining moment then came on 37 minutes. After a very hard challenge on Thomas went unpunished by the referee, he ran to the official and remonstrated with him. The official quickly produced a straight red card.
Two minutes later, Gorleston took advantage of the rattled, 10-man Bloods team, and Lambert scored a cracking goal.
With player-manager Stuart Wardley sent to the stands for a touchline spat with an official, things went from bad to worse in the second half as Watts grabbed a third and sealed an easy victory.