Guisborough Town 1 – 2 Ashington
|03/10/2020||15:00||Northern League Division 1||2020/21||176|
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A gallant Guisborough Town side unluckily reduced to 10-men on the stroke of half-time could count themselves extremely unfortunate not to force what would have been a well-deserved draw at the KGV Stadium on Saturday.
In the 92nd minute Guisborough striker Sonni Coleman – who had a fantastic game throughout – thought he had scored a dramatic equaliser when in a last-ditch attack he squeezed the ball home.
But to his dismay – and the majority of spectators in a crowd of 176 – the referee disallowed the ‘goal’ either for offside or hand ball. The Guisborough dugout and Coleman were furious because the effort looked nowhere near offside and any handball was purely accidental.
Had the goal stood, it would have been well-deserved reward and a fitting finale to a brave second half performance in which every single Prioryman gave their utmost to get something out of the game. The odds had swung heavily against Guisborough just seconds before the break when central defender Charlie Marshall received a harsh second yellow card for what looked a legitimate if somewhat robust tackle on an Ashington opponent.
Marshall had earlier received his first caution in the 20th minute for a patently innocuous-looking challenge which later sealed his sending-off for two yellows. It was a pivotal moment in the game and the promising young Marshall looked understandably inconsolable following his unwanted and undeserved ‘early bath.’ At the final whistle a clearly and understandably rattled Guisborough Manager had just one curt comment: “The referee cost us the game – simple as that!”
The game had started so promisingly for Guisborough with a tremendous individual goal from the on-song Coleman who surged down the right flank before cutting in and from an acute angle laser-guided his shot beautifully into the far corner for 1-0 to the Priorymen.
It was Coleman’s eighth goal of the season and capped one of his best – if not THE best – individual performances in a Guisborough shirt since joining the club.
He ran his legs off and his hold-up play was a delight to watch and he was desperately unlucky not to cap his terrific performance with a last-ditch equaliser.
After Coleman’s early opener Ashington equalised in the 25th minute when left winger Cowburn swept the ball home just inside the right hand post from the edge of the Guisborough penalty area.
In the second half Guisborough battled well despite Ashington’s numerical advantage and the Priorymen gave as good as they got in terms of some excellent defending – notably from substitute Josh Rowbotham – and yet finding the time and inclination to mount some dangerous attacks of their own.
Ashington’s winner came in the 71st minute when Taylor’s shot from just outside the penalty area just crept in at the right hand post.
The result saw Guisborough slip to 11th in the table while Ashington rose to sixth place – a position Guisborough could easily have been occupying with better luck and more consistent refereeing!
Despite the disappointment of this underserved defeat, Guisborough go again next Wednesday, October 6 when they entertain high-flying third-placed Newton Aycliffe at the KGV Stadium (KO 7.45pm).
Author: Bill Perfitt
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|King George V Stadium Howlbeck Road, Guisborough TS14 6LE|