Thornaby v Guisborough Town
|05/08/2020||19:30||Peter Morris Memorial Trophy||2020/21|
Following all the frustration of the long lockdown lay-off, Guisborough looked lean, mean and hungry as they got their pre-season programme off to an impressive winning start with a 2-1 win at derby rivals Thornaby on Wednesday night.
Despite dominating the first half and rattling the Thornaby woodwork on more than one occasion, the Priorymen unbelievably found themselves a goal down at half-time after Reece Kenney scored with a low shot from 18 yards into the bottom left hand corner on 26 minutes.
But Guisborough rallied strongly in the second half and eventually made their undoubted superiority count when good work by Mason McNeill on 52 minutes ended with the ball squirming into the Thornaby net just inside the left hand post.
Guisborough’s winner in the 70th minute was a cracker from former Prioryman Lewis Hawkins with a superbly-placed right foot shot from 16 yards into the far corner.
The goal gave Guisborough a thoroughly-deserved 2-1 to lift the annual Peter Morris Memorial Trophy – potentially not the first piece of silverware the impressive Priorymen will lift this season?
After the game Guisborough’s highly-satisfied Manager Gary Forster commented:
“This has been a very valuable early season workout for my lads. Clearly there are a few things still to iron out but overall I was very pleased with some of the passing movements we put together and the attacking options we created.
I was really chuffed with the lads and some of the football they played was superb. We just need to concentrate on some fine tuning now.”
The depth of the Guisborough squad was all too apparent with quality players of the likes of former KGV favourites Callum Martin, Lewis Hawkins and Nathan Guru catching the eye once again. Guru was a tower of strength at the back, thwarting Thornaby on a number of occasions late on as they pressed hard for an equaliser.
Just about the only disappointment on the night for Guisborough was the loss midway through the first half of central defender Josh Rowbotham with a suspected broken nose. Up to that point he had picked up where he had left off last season with a typically immaculate defensive display.
It’s early days but on the strength of this performance things are looking very hopeful for the Priorymen for the season ahead. There was even a cameo late appearance by Guisborough’s Assistant Manager Dave Onions who showed that even at 38 years old he hasn’t lost his thirst for the game!
|Thornaby Football Club, Teesdale Park, Acklam Road, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, North East England, England, TS17 7JU, United Kingdom|