Penrith 2 – 4 Guisborough Town
|26/09/2020||15:00||Northern League Division 1||2020/21||108|
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For the first hour of this match at picturesque Penrith on Saturday, Guisborough Town put in a performance as near-perfect as it could be.
A fantastic first half hat-trick from on-song Sonni Coleman and a fourth goal from defender Josh Rowbotham five minutes after the break put the Priorymen in complete control as they outclassed their Cumbrian rivals.
The scoreline could easily have been 8-0 by the time Rowbotham scored as bustling Guisborough made Penrith second best all over the park with a wonderful display of football.
The Priorymen were super-competitive, winning virtually every second ball, spraying passes all over the park and mounting some breath-taking assaults on the beleaguered Penrith goal. In short Guisborough were immaculate!
In the last third of the game Guisborough took their foot off the gas with their work done and dusted for the day and Penrith, with nothing to lose, threw men forward and got what essentially were two late consolation goals in the last 10 minutes.
But it only slightly took the gloss off a superbly polished Guisborough performance which had manager Gary Forster purring with satisfaction afterwards.
He commented: “If only we could play like we did for that first hour or so every week we’d walk this league!
“We were seriously excellent particularly in the first half with just about everything that we tried working superbly well.
“We eased off in the last 20 minutes or so with next Wednesday’s trip to Bishop Auckland in mind but that can’t take away anything from what was an excellent all- round performance by the lads,” added Gary.
The victory and three well-earned and deserved points propelled Guisborough up six places in the league table from 13th to 7th.
Now the irrepressible Priorymen will be looking eagerly forward to the visit next Wednesday, 30th September to Bishop Auckland, who have made a dreadful start to the season, anchored joint bottom of the league with no points from four games.
Against Penrith Guisborough hit full throttle right from the kick-off and the only surprise was that it took them until the 20th minute to open the scoring when a lovely cross-cum-shot from Nathan Guru out on the left was helped on its way into the corner of the net by Coleman for 1-0 to the Priorymen.
Earlier, Guisborough had carved out a stack of chances, particularly down the right flank where full-back Dylan McAvoy was given acres of space to launch several brilliant runs and crosses into the Penrith box.
First Joe Ferguson tried a long shot in the 5th minute but it cleared the Penrith bar. Then five minutes later the marauding Mason McNeill won a free kick 20 yards out and Ferguson stepped up to send a superb looping shot over the Penrith wall but agonisingly it struck the underside of the hosts’ bar.
Guru was first to react to head the loose ball goalwards but the ball was headed off the line by a Penrith defender.
In the 14th minute as Guisborough continued to put the Penrith goal under severe pressure a lovely cross in the box by McNeill found Paul Young in a great position but he didn’t quite get fully hold of his shot and it was saved by Penrith ‘keeper Luke Miller.
It continued to be one-way Guisborough traffic on the Penrith goal and on 17 minutes McAvoy, revelling in the freedom he was being given down the right flank, fired over a fantastic cross which found the head of JJ Bartliff but Miller saved once again.
Finally, Guisborough made the breakthrough they had threatened from the off when Coleman scored that first goal in the 20th minute, and he followed that up two minutes later with another excellent effort which Miller was equal to with a brilliant save.
But the bustling Coleman, proving a constant thorn in Penrith’s side, scored his second half on 34 minutes and what a beauty it was too! He made a defence- splitting run on goal and then chipped sublimely over the onrushing Penrith keeper into the back of the empty net for 2-0.
Six minutes later and Coleman completed his classy hat-trick with arguably his best goal of the three as the ball came to him about 12 yards out from goal on the left and he hit a half-volley so sweetly from a fairly acute angle and the ball arrowed into the far right hand corner of the Penrith net for 3-0 to the Priorymen.
’THUNDER A HEADER’
That’s how it stayed until half-time and after the break Guisborough picked up where they had left off with a fourth goal just five minutes after the restart when captain Josh Rowbotham came up for a corner with Joe Ferguson floated over perfectly for Rowbotham to thunder a header home from 10 yards out to extend the Priorymen’s lead to 4-0.
Both sides made several substitutions as the second half wore on and Guisborough almost made it 5-0 in the 71st minute when Guru had just over from another inviting Ferguson floated corner.
Guisborough ‘keeper Aaron Steavens had barely had a save to make of any note all game such was the excellence of the defending in front of him but he had to be alert in the 73rd minute to make a good save from a Penrith overhead kick.
But in the 82nd minute Penrith pulled a goal back when centre forward Max Brown found himself in space in the Guisborough box and he gave Steavens not chance from 12 yards out.
Four minutes later Steavens prevented a second Penrith goal with a stunning save to deny Brown a second goal.
In the fifth minute of time added on Penrith’s Mikey Williamson shot home for his side’s second goal and the final scoreline finished 4-2 to Guisborough – a superb afternoon’s work from the Priorymen!
Overall, there were terrific performances from each and every one of the Guisborough starting line-up.
Steavens had a quiet afternoon apart from the last 15 minutes and although he had no chance with the Penrith goals he still pulled off two excellent saves to keep the ‘Bonny Blues’ at bay when they threatened his goal.
Guisborough full backs McAvoy and Mark Robinson barely put a foot wrong and found time to press forward menacingly, especially McAvoy who revelled in the freedom he was given down the right flank.
In the centre of defence Rowbotham and Charlie Marshall were rock solid and meshed together well to form a formidable central defensive barrier.
In midfield young JJ Bartliff buzzed around energetically as ever – for a relatively slightly-built youngster he displays a toughness and maturity beyond his years. Guru was strong both on the deck and in the air while Joe Ferguson had another excellent game, popping up all over the pitch and constantly causing the Penrith defence problems. Paul Young the ‘midfield disrupter’ once again displayed that added steel he adds to the team, getting through a lot of ‘hard yards’ until substituted just before the hour mark.
Mason McNeill caused problems for Penrith with his bustling runs – for one so tall and ‘gangling’ he possess the intricate footwork of a ballet dancer and a blistering turn of speed that would do Usain Bolt proud!As for Sonni Coleman, he enjoyed one of his best games as a target man in a Guisborough shirt and he thoroughly deserved his hat-trick and with a little more luck could have even doubled his tally. He was watched in the stands by his bright-eyed 10-month-old daughter Nancy, although obviously oblivious as to what a hero her daddy was out on the pitch!
Author: Bill Perfitt