Whickham 3 – 1 Guisborough Town
|16/09/2020||19:30||Northern League Division 1||2020/21||130|
Author: Bill Perfitt
First-half horror show shatters Guisborough’s unbeaten league start with defeat at Whickham.
Even a spirited but belated second half fightback by Guisborough Town could not atone for a terrible first half performance at Whickham on Wednesday night when the Priorymen conceded three goals.
Guisborough never really recovered from being 2-0 down after only eight minutes and it could have been worse had stand-in ‘keeper Jaan Yaqub not made brilliant saves on two occasions with his legs to keep Whickham out.
But the Tynesiders did notch a third goal in the 39th minute to virtually seal victory and three points, although an improved Guisborough after the break did manage to pull a goal back through Dylan McAvoy in the 80th minute but it turned out to be nothing more than a consolation.
Guisborough’s players and team officials looked shell-shocked as they trudged off the pitch after an animated post-match inquest out on the field after the final whistle blew.
Guisborough Manager Gary Forster commented: “We just never got going in the first half in which Whickham out-fought us in every aspect of the play.
“After we went 1-0 down early on it was as if we pressed the panic button and simply forgot how to play. And we got heavily punished with two further Whickham goals before half-time.
“We did better in the second half but that poor first half performance had just left us with a mountain to climb in the second period,” added a highly disappointed Gary.
Guisborough started brightly enough when they won a free kick in the second minute and Mark Robinson sent over a perfectly-flighted trademark free kick from the left which was met at the far post by defender Josh Rowbotham – but his powerful header flashed well over the bar.
But just two minutes later Guisborough were caught out at the back when from a Whickham corner the unmarked Charlie Exley rose high to thunder a header into the back of the Guisborough net.
Then in the eighth minute Whickham doubled their lead when Jack Robson cut in from the wing and blasted the ball into the bottom right hand corner of the Guisborough net.
It could have been even worse in the 24th minute when Whickham breached the Guisborough defence once again but ‘keeper Jan Yaqub saved superbly with his legs.
But in the 39th minute Guisborough found themselves 3-0 down when an awful defensive mix-up allowed Whickham striker Scott McCarthy to run clear and virtually walk the ball over the Guisborough goal-line.
Guisborough made three changes after half-time, bringing on Brian Close, Shawn Spozio and Joseph Bartliff and the shake-up certainly seemed to add more purpose to the Priorymen’s overall play.
Sonni Coleman was desperately unlucky in the 51st minute when his fierce cross- shot rattled the inside of the far post and bounced across the goal before being cleared by a relieved Whickham defence.
Just before the hour mark Guisborough were indebted to ‘keeper Yaqub once again when from almost point blank range he brilliantly blocked a goal-bound Conor Newton shot with his legs once again.
Guisborough’s all-round improved second half display finally bore fruit in the 80th minute when they surged forward and Dylan McAvoy hit a low 20-yard shot from the right and it squeezed into the net just inside the right hand post.
But sadly it was too little too late and the Priorymen capitulated to their first league defeat of the season. As a result, they slipped from third place to ninth in the table, while Whickham leapfrogged the Priorymen up to third position. But it is early days yet!
|Glebe Sports Ground|
|Rose Avenue, Whickham, Newcastle upon Tyne NE16 4NA|