Guisborough Town 6-1 Washington (Isuzu FA Vase First Round Qualifying)
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Guisborough Town bounced back to winning ways on Saturday with an emphatic 6-1 FA Vase win over Washington to earn a trip in the next round to Kendal in Cumbria.
The disappointment of conceding three goals in the last 20 minutes to draw 3-3 with Tow Law in midweek was banished by the rampant Priorymen who completely outclassed their lowly Division Two opponents.
One of the most pleasing aspects of an all-round convincing performance was the excellent team-work and the fact that all six goals were shared by six different scorers. JJ Bartliff, Jason Blackburn, Jordan Fielding, Cole Kiernan, Jack Blackford and Ben Jackson were all on the scoresheet as Guisborough simply overwhelmed and swept Washington aside.
It took the Priorymen only 10 minutes to surge into the lead when an intended back-pass to the Washington goalkeeper was pounced on brilliantly by livewire Guisborough skipper Bartliff who scored a brilliant opportunist goal for 1-0. Eager Guisborough went in search for more goals and on 18 minutes a Blackford shot crashed against the Washington bar and then two minutes later a through-ball found Blackburn but his shot hit the side netting.
The Priorymen had to wait until the 37th minute for their second goal when one of Liam O’Sullivan’s specialist long throws – as good as a corner! – found Blackburn who headed home for 2-0. Incredibly, Guisborough hit the bar again two minutes later when the ball was cut back to Bartliff but the woodwork denied him. Despite almost constant Guisborough pressure the score remained 2-0 to the Priorymen as the half-time whistle sounded.
WAVE AFTER WAVE OF ATTACKS!
But it took Guisborough just three minutes into the second half to grab their third goal when from a corner on the left Fielding headed home for his first-ever goal for the Priorymen. Congratulations to Jordan! Guisborough continued to mount wave after wave of dangerous attacks and further goal attempts from Bartliff, Blackburn, Jackson and Kiernan all came to nothing before Washington stirred unpleasant memories of midweek and another late comeback with a 70th minute goal from Jordan Reed with a long-range lob for 3-1.
However, any hopes of Washington emulating Tow Law’s feat were banished just one minute later when Kiernan scored following a scramble in the box to make it 4-1 and restore Guisborough’s three-goal lead.
ABSOLUTE BEAUTY BY BLACKFORD!
Town’s dominant play continued when a raid down the left found Blackford on the edge of the Washington penalty area and he curled an absolute beauty into the top right hand corner of the net for 5-1. After hitting the Washington crossbar yet again, Guisborough finally put the icing on the cake of a very tasty victory when, fittingly, Jackson capped another fine display firing home from the left into the bottom right hand corner to complete a super impressive 6-1 rout for his side.
The only disappointment was that a crowd of only 136 witnessed such a superb display from the Priorymen.
Meanwhile, Guisborough return to league action next Saturday, 3 September when they entertain bottom-of-the-table Seaham Red Star at the KGV (KO 3pm) hoping to return to winning was and re-ignite their title ambitions.
Report: Bill Perfitt
Photos: Dan Clark
|King George V Stadium
|King George V Stadium Howlbeck Road, Guisborough TS14 6LE