Guisborough Town v Newton Aycliffe (Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round)
|02/09/2020||19:45||Emirates FA Cup||2020/21||236|
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On a night pouring with rain at the KGV, it was the Priorymen who emerged as winners in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round against a good Newton Aycliffe side.
The action started early on in the game, with a strong left-footed shot from Joe Ferguson being covered well by the Aycliffe goalkeeper 6 minutes in.
Guisborough persevered, and Sonni Coleman found space just after twenty minutes but the Aycliffe keeper was there to stop the ball once again.
Just before the half hour mark, Guisborough goalkeeper Aaron Steavens was equal to a long-range Aycliffe effort and kept the score at 0-0.
Two yellow cards were also produced before the break, with McNeill seeing yellow for the Priorymen and Walton seeing yellow for Aycliffe shortly after. And it was Walton who almost opened the scoring for Aycliffe in the 40th minute, with his free kick narrowly curling wide of Steavens’ back post.
A solid tackle from Green on McNeill in front of goal made sure that the teams went into the break level, with the score at 0-0.
McNeill was once again at the forefront of the action at the start of second half with some superb tracking back and a tackle that made him look like a seasoned centre-half.
And if a forward looked like a centre-half with a superb tackle, it was Josh Rowbotham’s turn to look like a forward in the 55th minute when he poked a shot just inches wide of the Aycliffe goal after a corner.
Shortly after the hour mark, Aaron Steavens was once again called into action and produced an absolutely fantastic save, flying across his goal to ensure the score was still 0-0.
75 minutes into the game and Sonni Coleman was brought down in the Aycliffe box and Guisborough were awarded a penalty. Club captain Mark Robinson stepped up to take the penalty and unfortunately hit it over the bar, leaving the score at 0-0 with a quarter of an hour left to play.
Yet Guisborough never looked like giving up. With over 200 fans urging them on from the stands, a Joe Ferguson corner found the head of Nathan Guru, and it was Guru who sent the ball into the back of the Aycliffe net to open the scoring in the 82nd minute.
The fans – who were in the ground for the first cup game post-lockdown – were treated to a spectacular end to the game, when in the 90th minute a goalmouth scramble saw a combination of Rowbotham and Steavens somehow keep the ball out of the Guisborough net.
The referee signalled for four added minutes, and it was in the 94th minute that an Aycliffe player was brought down in the box, and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Wearmouth stepped up to take the penalty for Aycliffe in the dying embers of added time, but 18 year old Aaron Steavens – on his official cup debut for the club – was equal to him, and saved it low and to his left, to the delight of Guisborough fans around the KGV. Upon kicking the ball out from his hands, the referee blew for full time, and Guisborough saw out a thoroughly enjoyable 1-0 victory.
Manager Gary Forster was thrilled with his side’s performance on the night. On the performance, Gary stated: “I thought it was an unbelievable performance. Aycliffe are a good, organised, well-drilled side, and we knew it was going to be one of our toughest games of the season. To get the result is massive for Guisborough Town Football Club, especially after going through the uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s even better to get the fans back and enthusiastic. It’s onwards and upwards from here.”
Guisborough are back in league action on Saturday 5th away to Stockton Town. The game kicks off at 3:00pm and tickets are available via Stockton’s website. In the cup, Guisborough have been drawn at home to Northern Premier League outfit Tadcaster Albion, to be played on Saturday 12th September.
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