Guisborough Town v Marske United
|20/07/2019||15:00||John Butterfield Memorial Trophy||2019/20|
A much-improved performance from Guisborough Town gave their manager Gary Forster the perfect birthday present when they outplayed and deservedly beat arch-rivals Marske United 2-0 in the annual John Butterfield Memorial Shield match.
And a delighted Gary commented: “Yes, it made my birthday to beat our old rivals – it was a very satisfying day overall.
“I thought we looked pretty useful throughout the match. We need to keep things in perspective though, as we are still in pre-season mode.
“But that said, we were up against a strong Marske side a league above us who spend a fair bit of money on their players, so to win so comfortably was very satisfying,” added Gary.
He continued: “We expected Marske to have a fair amount of possession early doors but we knew that if we stayed patient and worked hard that we would get chances of our own as we had done against Whitby in midweek.
“The squad is coming together very nicely now and there have been plenty of positives from the three friendly games we have played so far.
“We still have lots of work to do to integrate the new faces fully into the existing squad. It is great to have young Donny Holdsworth back after long-term injury and the further development of Donny and players like John Howard will make us all the more stronger. We have done the hard yards now so we need to kick on from here,” added Gary.
Guisborough got off to a great start when they were awarded a penalty after just 19 minutes when Howard was impeded as he cut in from the right. Up stepped new boy Sonny Coleman to power home the perfect spot kick right into the left corner.
And Guisborough doubled their lead to 2-0 in the 43rd minute shortly after Guisborough had had a let off when a long range Marske effort cannoned back off the bar to safety. The ball went straight back up towards the Marske goal and in a midfield melee the ball ran loose to Donny Holdsworth who showed great skill and composure to round the Marske keeper and slot home into the empty net.
In the second half Guisborough brought on more of their established players and the Priorymen executed a perfect game plan to ensure victory was theirs.
A full portfolio of photo’s from the game can be found via the following link: Guisborough Town 2 Marske United 0 – 20/7/19
|King George V Stadium|
|King George V Stadium Howlbeck Road, Guisborough TS14 6LE|