Guisborough Town 5 – 1 West Auckland Town
|09/09/2020||19:45||Northern League Division 1||2020/21||195|
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It was a night to remember under the floodlights at the KGV as gallant Guisborough put five past West Auckland Town.
The game got off to a slow start initially, and it was Sonni Coleman who first saw action for Guisborough as his right-footed shot hit the side netting of the West Auckland net. Almost another ten minutes had passed when Harry Thompson fired one across the Auckland goal to no avail. Joe Ferguson was the first man in the book, when his late tackle saw him receive a yellow card in the 23rd minute.
It wasn’t until the 28th minute when a lovely cross from the right found Steven Roberts in the middle of the Auckland box, and he cleverly flicked the ball off the back of his head to put Guisborough 1-0 ahead.
Guisborough carried on, and in the 35th minute – despite protests of offside from the Auckland players and coaches – Guisborough played to the whistle (which never came), and for the second time in two games, Sonni Coleman rounded the opposition goalkeeper to give Guisborough a two goal advantage.
Just a minute later, Guisborough introduced Brandon Holdsworth from the bench to replace Steven Roberts, who was unfortunate to take a slight knock.
At the start of the second half, West Auckland made their first substitution, seeing Jordan Blinco replace David Dowson.
Just after the 50 minute mark, Guisborough were awarded a rarity in the modern game – an indirect free kick in the box, after the Auckland goalkeeper picked up a back pass. Joe Ferguson laid off Harry Thompson, whose effort was bravely blocked by a solid wall of Auckland players.
For just about the first time in the game, Aaron Steavens was called into action in the Guisborough goal just minutes later, when he sent the ball out for a corner after flying across the face of his goal in the nick of time. Auckland fought on, and were rewarded with a goal when sub Jordan Blinco placed a well-struck shot into the bottom right of the Guisborough goal on the 56 minute mark.
Just after the hour mark, Mitchell replaced Francis for Auckland, and minutes later a double substitution took place for Guisborough, when JJ Bartliff and Dylan McAvoy replaced Sonni Coleman and Joe Ferguson, respectively.
Brandon Holdsworth was denied by the Auckland goalkeeper’s foot after he was released through on goal from an excellent through ball.
With 15 minutes left to play, Auckland made their final change of the game, seeing Hurworth come on for Patton.
79 minutes had passed when a hard tackle saw Nathan Guru land himself a yellow card.
Guisborough were unprepared to settle for a one-goal advantage, when in the 82nd minute Nathan Guru headed in a Cal Martin corner to make it 3-1 to the Priorymen.
On the 90th minute mark, Dylan McAvoy made a brilliant run down the right wing, only to be fouled in the box and win a penalty for Guisborough. Club captain Mark Robinson stepped up and with no doubts at all buried the penalty into the left hand side of the Auckland goal to make the score 4-1.
And as if that wasn’t enough, a minute later Cal Martin drilled a low shot at the Auckland goal, only for Mason McNeill to catch the ball on the rebound and round off a brilliant opening night of the season at the KGV with a goal. Full time: 5-1!
Manager Gary Forster aired his thoughts after the final whistle: “It was a great result in the end, but we made hard work of it. We applied ourselves well in the first half, by picking up second balls and putting balls into good areas. I noticed Stevie Roberts was struggling a bit in the first half, hence the early substitution. Even though the score line was good, it wasn’t all singing and dancing. We need to work on this, because we could’ve put the game to bed a lot earlier. With no disrespect to West Auckland, they have some great players and we were wary of what they could do, but we really need to learn how to bury teams while we’re on top. The game almost became a game of ‘next goal winner’ at 2-1, so we’ll learn from that, but I’ll take the 5-1 victory all day long.”
Guisborough are at home again on Saturday 12th September, where we face Northern Premier Division outfit Tadcaster Albion in the FA Cup, which kicks off at 3:00pm. Our next league game sees us travel to Whickham on Wednesday 16th September.
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