Guisborough Town 0-1 Redcar Athletic

Guisborough Town 0-1 Redcar Athletic

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Date Time Competition Season Attendance Captain
25/03/2023 15:00 Ebac Northern League Division 1 2022/23 761 Nick Hood

Guisborough Town F.C. Logo KO KO 18 62 75 86 89 90 90 FT

Match Report

A bumper KGV Stadium crowd of 761 witnessed a hugely competitive and very hard-fought Teesside derby between Guisborough Town and Redcar Athletic on Saturday.

What a wonderful advert this memorable day was for the keenly community -orientated Guisborough Town as the club put on a superb Junior’s Day spectacle to thrill the Northern League’s second biggest crowd of the day. It was absolutely brilliant to see the KGV terraces and stands thronging with young kids as young as four and five with their proud parents looking on with almost as much excitement as their children!

The fact that Redcar Athletic emerged narrow 1-0 winners to complete a ‘double’ over the Priorymen seemed almost secondary to the superb sight of the KGV Terraces packed five and six deep in places. However, the final result of a narrow only-goal victory to the aptly-named Steelmen of Redcar was a huge disappointment to Guisborough’s players, management, officials and supporters alike.

A disappointed Guisborough Manager Steve Bell said after the game that he thought his side lacked the superior physicality of their opponents, which he said ultimately swung the game in Redcar’s favour.

It was a typical end-of-season type of game. At the end of the match there wasn’t a lot I could have said to my players in terms of what they could and should have done better – apart from the fact that we just weren’t physical enough over the whole 90 minutes.

There are six or seven games to go to the end of the season and I know there are three or four positions in the team that we need to improve on for next season and I know what we need. I’m not making excuses but today we sorely missed the guile, speed and penetration of Jack Blackford and also the all-round energy and aggression that our captain Joey Bartliff brings to the side.

The pre-match build-up to this eagerly-anticipated game held a vast amount of intrigue, not least the fact that Redcar’s four-man coaching team of Gary Forster, Davey Onions, Mark Robinson and Greg Booth were all former Priorymen.

SCRAPPY AFFAIR

Add to that the fact that Redcar’s starting 11 included no fewer than four ex-Guisborough players in Mason McNeill, Nathan Guru, Brandon ‘Donny’ Holdsworth and Sonni Coleman.
The first half was a rather scrappy affair overall with neither side seriously challenging either of the opposing goalkeepers – and it finished a dour stalemate as the whistle sounded for the interval.

Play continued in a similar vein in the second half with neither side really threatening in their opponents’ penalty areas but in the 62nd minute Redcar finally broke the deadlock.
Winger Anthony Bell whipped over a dangerous-looking clash from the right and the ex-Guisborough striker Sonni Coleman cleverly flicked a header which looped over Guisborough keeper Will Cowey and into the far corner of the net for 1-0 to the Steelmen.

Ten minutes later Coleman almost doubled his side’s lead when he turned the ball against Guisborough’s bar from close in and then Cowey produced a brilliant save to finger-tip Ben Dale’s effort from the rebound just over the bar.

For all of Guisborough’s pressing, they lacked real penetration throughout the 90 minutes and to add to their frustration almost every loose ball seemed to go straight to a Redcar player! For Guisborough, the pick of their players were Tommy Marron and James Frazer in defence with Jordan Fielding and Shabs Mohammed working hard in midfield.

That big KGV crowd of 761 was bettered only the 941 who attended the top of the table clash in Northumberland between Ashington and Newton Aycliffe.

Report: Bill Perfitt
Photos: Dan Clark
Guisborough Town 0-1 Redcarw Athletic | Ebac Northern League Division One | 25/3/23

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King George V Stadium
King George V Stadium Howlbeck Road, Guisborough TS14 6LE