Ashington 1 – 6 Guisborough Town
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Guisborough Town produced a stunning display of attacking football at Ashington on Saturday scoring six superb goals to avenge a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of the Northumberland side earlier in the season.
Recent new signing Cole Kiernan scored a brilliant hat-trick but the pick of the goals came from two stunners from substitute Sam Webster in some great attacking play which Guisborough Manager Steve Bell described as “outstanding.”
Despite the big scoreline, it was actually a slow starting match which initially seemed to have 0-0 written all over but – but it ended up being anything but.
It took 24 minutes for Guisborough to open the scoring through Louis Johnson when James Rowe played a lovely ball through to Louis Johnson who ran on superbly to slot home for 1-0 to the Priorymen.
From the minute that first goal went in the Priorymen looked well up for getting this win, and within just five more minutes Guisborough went 2-0 following some real high intensity pressure in the Ashington half.
JJ Bartliff intercepted a weak pass and he broke clear to square the ball to Cole Kiernan who prodded the ball home for 2-0 to the impressive Priorymen.
For the rest of the first half it was an even battle in midfield but on the cusp of half time Guisborough defender Keelan Wright-Simpson was forced to track all the way back and earned himself a yellow card as Ashington were mounting a dangerous attack and someone needed to stop them.
After the break Ashington were looking the more likely to score as they started with some real intensity of their own, putting some good-looking balls into the Guisborough box from wide areas.
But it just wasn’t to be their day as Guisborough were first to strike again in the 50th minute to allow for Cole Kiernan to get his brace. Louis Johnson won the ball off an Ashington defender and squared it to Kiernan who took two touches before putting the ball into the back of the home side’s net for 3-0.
Just before the hour mark both teams would be reduced to 10 men as Ashington’s Paul Robinson received a straight red for a foul on Ben Jackson, but Guisborough’s Keelan Wright-Simpson got a second yellow for pushing Paul Robinson after his foul on Jackson.
From then on a 10 v 10 battle ensued but it did not dampen Guisborough’s attacking intentions as on 61 minutes substitute Sam Webster scored with a wonderful curling effort from outside the box which soared into the top corner for 4-0 to the Priorymen. Then just four minutes after Webster’s wonder strike Ashington won themselves a penalty and Lewis Suddick calmly put the spot kick away to reduce the arrears to 4-1.
But there was going to be no Ashington comeback on the cards as in the Priorymen’s very next attack it was their turn to win a penalty – giving Cole Kiernan the chance to get his hat-trick which he duly did, slotting the ball home gleefully to make the score 5-1. The remainder of the second half saw play the play calm down as Guisborough looked content with the five goals they had scored.
But that was until Sam Webster fancied his chances from long range again and his thumping effort flashed by the keeper’s near post and nestled home nicely to round the scoring off to 6-1 to the Priorymen.
This result was by no means generous to Guisborough as it reflected a brilliant display of attacking football which deservedly extended the Priorymen’s current unbeaten record to five games. Although praises must be sung to Cole Kiernan for an outstanding display in which he scored half of Guisborough’s goals on the day, it was Sam Webster’s superb goals which both stood out contenders for goal of the season.
The technique and skill that Webster showed in scoring two spectacular long range efforts demonstrated that he has even more potential to bring as a goal scorer.
After the game, a jubilant Guisborough Manager Steve Bell commented;
This was a brilliant day for the lads, and one that has definitely been coming. Ashington just couldn’t cope with our forwards who were outstanding. The 6-1 scoreline didn’t flatter us one bit either.
We’ve been playing really well for some time now, going to some tough places like Ashington and getting good results. The dressing room is buzzing and a really good place to be at the moment and that’s down to the players who I can’t praise enough.
Roll on Whitley Bay at the KGV next Saturday!
Report: Bill Perfitt
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