Guisborough Town v Whitby Town
Guisborough Manager Gary Forster lamented his side’s lack of sharpness in front of goal as the Priorymen finally succumbed to a four-goal defeat by a 10-man Whitby side at the KGV Stadium on Tuesday night.
Whitby scored two goals in each half despite being reduced to 10 men just before half-time when James Martin was red-carded for a foul on Guisborough full back Callum Martin.
Gutsy Guisborough battled in vain right to the end in what was an entertaining and full-blooded match which proved an excellent workout for both teams on a rain-swept night at the KGV.
After the game Guisborough Manager Gary Forster was pleased his side had got another 90 minutes of highly competitive match-play under their belts and rightly felt that they had been the better side in the opening half an hour.
He commented: “Overall it was another good workout for the squad and I thought we were the better side in the first 30 minutes or so.”
But he added: “We had four or five good chances yet never really seriously tested their ‘keeper. We’ve got to be much sharper in front of goal otherwise we’ll struggle to win games and that’s something I’ll be emphasising to my players.”
The eagerly-anticipated annual Micky Skinner Memorial match against Whitby was watched by an all-ticket crowd of 150 – the maximum crowd Guisborough were permitted to have under an agreement between the FA and the UK Government for the phased and limited return of spectators at Non-league football matches.
The additional safety precautions introduced by Guisborough for the match worked exceptionally well and reflected great credit on all concerned at the KGV Stadium. This successful outcome should enable Guisborough to double the attendance at their next competitive FA Cup Qualifying match to 300 – which is a tremendous step forward for the club.
The match started off at a great tempo with Guisborough more than matching their opponents from two leagues higher for both effort and skill.
ALMOST SNATCHED LEAD!
Guisborough almost snatched the lead after 10 minutes when a well-struck Joe Ferguson free kick was saved by Whitby ‘keeper Shane Bland.
But the Seasiders from Whitby took the lead on 24 minutes when former Guisborough midfielder Adam Gell latched on to a flick from a team-mate and burst forward to beat Guisborough ‘keeper Aaron Steavens from about 15 yards out.
Then on 32 minutes Whitby doubled their lead to 2-0 when Steavens made a great block in a one on one situation only for the goal to fall to Brad Fewster who swept the ball home.
In the second half, although down to 10 men, Whitby seemed to step up a gear and looked dangerous on the break.
They threatened the Guisborough back line on several occasions, two of which resulted in further goals from Jameel Ible (57 minutes) and a tremendous free kick from 22 yards out by Mackenzie Heaney (83 minutes).
For Guisborough they went close to scoring when a Sonni Coleman shot from close range was parried for a corner by the Whitby ‘keeper on the hour mark and then Coleman looked to have a strong claim for a penalty when he appeared to be brought down in the box on 78 minutes but the referee waved play on.
The match was very kindly sponsored by Rainham Industrial Services, who also provided generous prize money to both the winning and losing sides.
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