Newton Aycliffe 3-0 Guisborough Town
|Ebac Northern League Division 1
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Guisborough Town’s hopes of surging to the dizzy heights of the top three were dashed last night by a Newton Aycliffe side which caught the Priorymen too many times on the break and consolidated their own position of third in the table.
As Guisborough pressed strongly late on in search of an equaliser it was Aycliffe who scored twice in the last two minutes to add to an 11th minute penalty to give themselves a somewhat flattering 3-0 victory as the final whistle sounded.
The Priorymen had mounted a frantic late bid to salvage a point but it wasn’t to be their night as they were left licking their wounds following an ultimately disappointing result.
After the game Guisborough Manager Steve Bell was philosophical, commenting:
Aycliffe played us on the break all night. Their first goal early in the first half came after we had forced a corner which came to nothing and then they broke immediately up the field and ended up being awarded a penalty from which they took the lead.
In the second half I actually thought we were really good but without really looking threatening in front of their goal.
We pushed and pushed in search of an equaliser and because of the risk-taking we had to take they punished us twice on the break again very late on in the game.
I told the lads that the only thing I could criticise them for was our lack of movement in the opposing box, which was very poor.
But overall I couldn’t fault the effort from the team as a whole.
Guisborough began the match well and in the 10thminute top scorer Cole Kiernan forced a great save from the Aycliffe ‘keeper and Jason Blackburn following up put the rebound to him wide.
But just a minute later Aycliffe took the lead when they mounted one of those swift counter attacks after a Guisborough corner had fizzled out to nothing and Guisborough ‘keeper Will Cowey brought down home striker Jake Petitjean who got back up to score from the spot to make it 1-0.
In the 37th minute Guisborough had a big chance to equalise when Blackburn got on the end of a long ball and squared it to Miller who unfortunately fired over the Aycliffe bar.
GREAT ONE-ON-ONE SAVE BY WILL COWEY
Virtually on the stroke of half-time Guisborough ‘keeper Cowey prevented his side from going further behind with a good save as Aycliffe threatened from the left.
On 58 minutes Cowey made a great one-on-one save to keep the scoreline to 1-0. Then in the 65th minute Guisborough winger Ben Jackson cut inside and unleashed a vicious shot which was deflected wide for a corner.
In the space of eight minutes the Priorymen had two strong shouts for penalties but their appeals were waved away.
Guisborough were still going all-out in search of an elusive equaliser and they spurned a big chance on 84 minutes when no-one got on the end of a cross which flashed dangerously across the Ayton goal.
Then four minutes later came Guisborough’s best chance of the game as Blackburn looked like scoring but his touch took the ball away from him and safely into the Aycliffe ‘keeper’s hands.
As Guisborough continued to press hard for an equaliser they left themselves exposed at the back, allowing Aycliffe to grab two late goals in the 88th and 90th minutes from Ethan Wood and Liam Jarvie respectively.
Meanwhile, Guisborough get some respite from the tough Northern League season this coming Saturday, 24th September when they make the first of two successive trips across the Pennines to Cumbria – initially against Kendal in the FA Vase Second Qualifying Round and then the following Saturday, 1 October at Penrith in the league.
Report: Bill Perfitt
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|The SecuriCorp Stadium
|Newton Aycliffe Football Club, Moore Lane, Great Aycliffe, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, North East, England, DL5 5AG, United Kingdom