Seaham Red Star v Guisborough Town
|03/08/2019||15:00||Northern League Division 1||2019/20||115|
Winning your opening competitive match of the season is always such a major boost – and sheer relief – to players, managers, supporters and club officials alike.
But the manner in which Guisborough Town overcame a stubborn Seaham side on Saturday was one of the most impressive highlights of a highly-competitive encounter.
And at the heart of a conclusive 2-0 Guisborough victory was young Charlie Marshall. Normally a midfielder, Charlie had to play in central defence due to injuries and absences – and he rose superbly to the challenge.
Since becoming a regular starter in the latter half of last season, 19-year-old Charlie has matured rapidly and has established himself firmly in Guisborough Manager Gary Forster’s team plans.
Gary commented afterwards: “I was delighted with the result and thought it was a very good performance overall.
“This Seaham side was one of the better ones that we have faced in recent years, but right from the whistle we seemed well up for the task and I thought we deserved the three points.
“Charlie Marshall had a great game but to be fair every single player pulled their weight and our dressing room afterwards had a good feel. It was tough to pick out one single man of the match as we had a number of contenders,” added Gary.
Overall, this was an excellent performance by the Priorymen in front of 115 fans, bolstered by a healthy contingent from Guisborough. Seaham is never an easy place to travel to whether they are in the top, middle or lower positions in the table.
But Guisborough quickly stamped their authority on the game and dominated for long periods and whenever Seaham threatened the new-look Guisborough back four of Tommy Marron, Dylan McAvoy, Charlie Marshall and Josh Rowbotham were immaculate, with goalkeeper Ryan Catterick in fine form whenever called upon.
In midfield John Howard and new signings Ste Snaith and former Hartlepool player Lewis Hawkins all worked incredibly hard, as did Danny Earl, Sonni Coleman and Joe Ferguson up front.
The match opened at a fast and furious tempo despite the humid heat and both sides deserve great credit for maintaining an entertaining, end to end spectacle for both sets of fans throughout the whole 90 minutes.
REWARD FOR THEIR ENDEAVOUR!
Guisborough finally got deserved reward for all their endeavour in the 39th minute when another youngster, John Howard, capped an excellent display with a superb, low shot from the edge of the penalty area which zoomed diagonally into the far right hand corner of the net for 1-0 to the Priorymen.
In the second half both sides pressed hard for the next goal and it finally came in the 87th minute when substitute Donny Holdsworth combined well with Joe Ferguson who bore down menacingly on the Seaham goal.
Ferguson evaded several tackles and looked like he was trying to work the ball on to his favoured left foot but in the end he swung with his right foot and the ball nestled nicely into the back of the net.
It was a fitting finale for Ferguson, whose strong bursts forward caused problems for the Seaham defence throughout the match. Guisborough are delighted to have the popular and versatile ‘Fergie’ back after potential career change in the Navy didn’t materialise.
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