Guisborough Town 3 – 0 Washington
|19/09/2020||15:00||Buildbase FA Vase||2020/21||268|
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Guisborough Town skipper and centre half Josh Rowbotham turned striker for the day as he scored a brace of goals to give his side a comfortable 3-0 victory over Washington at the KGV on Saturday to ensure the Priorymen progress to the next round of the Buildbase FA Vase.
The goals capped a deserved ‘Man of the Match’ winning performance by Josh which had his manager Gary Forster positively purring with delight.
For earlier in the day Josh had not only fitted Gary’s patio at home in the morning – he also gave him a 7-1 horse racing tip which romped home – rather like the Priorymen who comfortably cantered home against Washington in what was ultimately a one-sided cup tie.
After the game Gary joked: “Josh did a great job for me both at home with the patio and the horse racing tip and then out on the field with his match-winning goals – I had no option but to make him my Man of the Match!”
Josh responded: “Yes it’s been quite a day for me and always a pleasure to help out the gaffer Gary! Seriously though it’s great to get back to winning ways again after the disappointment at Whickham in midweek. I think it was an all-round good team performance today which has lifted all our spirits.”
Gary added: “Cup ties like this against a team from a lower division such as Washington always prove difficult.
“They clearly came with a game plan of putting bodies behind the ball and for most of the first half that worked, although I was disappointed we didn’t break them down sooner and left it until stoppage time at the end of the first half to get our first goal through Josh.
“But we got the job done well in the end and I’m pleased for the lads after the tough talking we had to do in midweek after the Whickham game,” Gary added.
Apart from Rowbotham’s superb performance and his goals – which prompted Guisborough’s Social Media Editor Chester Olivier to ask on Twitter: “Is he a centre half or a centre forward! – it was an all-round much improved team performance from the Priorymen.
Sure it took Guisborough until a minute into first half stoppage time before they broke the deadlock against a stubborn Washington defence when Rowbotham surged forward and rose high to nod home into an empty net for 1-0.
But the positive and pleasing aspect was that Guisborough had created numerous chances earlier on in the half with rasping shots from Mark Robinson, JJ Bartliff, Jimmy Ward and Nathan Guru all whistling just over the bar or being saved.
The Priorymen had a great chance to take the lead in the 25th minute when striker Sonni Coleman was brought down in the box and Coleman himself stepped up to take the spot kick but although it was aimed into the corner Washington ‘keeper Harry Archer dived well across his goal to block Coleman’s effort.
However, just four minutes after the re-start Guisborough finally put clear daylight between themselves and Washington when the man of the moment Rowbotham joined in the attack once more and was in the right place at the right time to tap home a loose ball in the box for 2-0.
Guisborough had to wait until the 87th minute to finally put the issue beyond doubt when Coleman made amends for his earlier spot kick miss by racing clear, drawing the keeper perfectly before firing home into the corner of the net for the best goal of the game.
There were some excellent performances throughout the Guisborough team – Ward had probably one of his best games for Guisborough at full back while in midfield the two youngsters Shawn Spozio and JJ Bartliff impressed with their high work-rate, high tempo and tough tackling, well supported by the hard-working Joe Ferguson.
It was good to have Mason McNeill back after illness in midweek and he put in another good shift troubling the Washington defence with his trademark runs down the flank – you can’t underestimate his contribution to the team overall because he often takes two opposition defenders out of the game just trying to contain his marauding play!
The Guisborough defence led by Rowbotham and ably assisted by Guru, Ward, Robinson and Charlie Marshall looked really solid and coped admirably with the Washington attack – particularly right winger Brad Chisholm who looked a threat on occasions. Behind the defence ‘keeper Jaan Yaqub was in assured form once again.
Coleman, McNeill and Joe Ferguson always looked dangerous in attack and with a little more luck Guisborough could have easily doubled their goals tally of three.
What a difference a few days can make in football – it was great to see the Priory Suite buzzing with excitement and a great team spirit again after the game against Washington and there was an excellent crowd of 268 for the game who got full entertainment value for their money.
A full match gallery can be viewed on the Flickr page of Daniel Clark.
Meanwhile, it’s back to league action for Guisborough next Wednesday, 23 September (KO 7.45pm) and it will be a very tough test against the traditionally strong North Shields side who are currently riding high in third position – eight places above Guisborough in mid-table.
Author: Bill Perfiit
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