Guisborough Town v Marske United
|20/08/2020||19:30||John Butterfield Memorial Trophy||2020/21|
A solitary goal just five minutes into the second half was enough to give Marske United bragging rights and a 1-0 victory in the annual John Butterfield Memorial Trophy tussle at the KGV Stadium on Thursday night.
Despite the disappointment of the narrow defeat, Guisborough Manager Gary Forster was nevertheless very pleased with his side’s performance overall, more than matching their higher league neighbours Marske for significant periods of the game.
“This was exactly what we wanted and needed tonight, a good workout,” said Gary afterwards. “We stuck well to our game plan and with a bit more ruthlessness up front we could have ended up with a couple of goals.
“In the second half we were just starting to have a good spell when they scored and after that they were on top for most of the rest of the game. But the main thing tonight was to give ourselves and excellent workout and that’s exactly what we got!” added Gary.
It could have been a different story had former Guisborough goalkeeper Ryan Catterick not foiled Guisborough midfielder Lewis Hawkins’ with a brilliant save from his pile-driver of a shot in the 36th minute.
At the other end Guisborough’s 18-year-old trialist goalkeeper Aaron Steavens was impressive on his debut – keeping Marske at bay with several good saves and brave punches in the thick of some very tall and menacing Marske forwards.
There were also eye-catching performances across the Guisborough back line, with Josh Rowbotham and Nathan Guru in particular getting in some great blocks and tackles.
In the end the deciding goal which ultimately separated the two teams came after 50 minutes came when one of Marske’s trialists crossed the ball to Mathew Tymon who beat Guisborough keeper Steavens from a few yards out.
Joanne Butterfield (left) and daughter Leanne Butterfield holding the John Butterfield Memorial Trophy before it was presented to Marske shortly after this picture was taken.
At the presentation of the Trophy to winning side Marske at the end of the game, Guisborough Chairman Don Cowan welcomed John Butterfield’s wife Joanne and daughter Leanne to the KGV and thanked them for coming along to the presentation.
Don said: “John Butterfield was a great friend and stalwart of Guisborough Town and a true friend of football over many years and sadly missed by many at our club.
“We are delighted to have this Trophy in John’s memory to be played for annually between ourselves and Marske and I would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends from Marske for coming here tonight and also thanks to both teams for putting on an entertaining and competitive match,” added Don.
|King George V Stadium|
|King George V Stadium Howlbeck Road, Guisborough TS14 6LE|